Your first piece of symbolic jewelry could have been given to you at your Christening or to your mother to mark your birth.
Symbolic jewelry represents or signifies a special occasion, accomplishment, celebration to honour someone, achievement, awareness of a cause or stand.
Religious medallions, Diploma's Numbers, Sayings, Keys are examples of symbolic pieces of jewelry.
Many are engraved with special and personal inscriptions, including the date to commemorate the occasion.
We've all done it, I'm sure, at some phase of the Holiday gift giving scenerio-partaken in the art of re-gifting. A couple of years ago, I received a wonderful antique silver compact from a coworker. Because I'm an admitted amateur collector of sorts, I thanked the giver in the spirit in which it was given...although I've since lost track of the piece, I'm sure it would have made a wonderful addition to some elder's keepsake.