Monday, July 16, 2007

It's Rattles Galore For Your Babies

Babies and rattles are totally inseparable.

Though many are uncertain with the function and the history of baby rattles, it seems that the rattle is the first interactive tool that a baby has. Today, rattles come in many shapes and colors.

Some are made from plastic while some are made from sterling silver, which can be kept as keepsake and passed from one g
eneration to another as a part of the family heirloom.

In the west, sterling silver rattles adorned with intricate designs have been a part of the most common gift given to newborn babies at the christening ceremony.

If you are
seeking for the best rattles for your godchild's christening gift, we are glad to show you our top four picks on the classiest sterling silver (and pewter) rattles for you to present your cute little uns.

Tiffany & Co. Man in the Moon Rattle

It would be every baby's dream to own a sterling silver made by Tiffany.

In an episode of Sex and the City, we saw Charlotte York broke down and cry after she saw a Tiffany's baby rattle presented to
Miranda Hobbes by her attorney girlfriends at baby Brady's baby shower.

One of the best heirloom that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren. The Man in the Moon rattle features the engraved image of the classic moon with a face image, a staple in children's book illustration.

The rattle is made from pure sterling silver and is round in shape. This
piece of treasure is worth $150 (RM 516.75) and available at Tiffany & Co. stores near you.

Asprey Rabbit Round Rattle

Another well-known name among the British elites as well as the Malaysian and Indian royal families.

With a lineage of history that spans more than 200 years, Asprey, like Tiffany, is famous for its selection of first class heirloom pieces and its christening gifts are favored by the British aristocrats, celebrities and socialites.

Made from sterling silver, the round rattle is decorated with the image of a rabbit, one of the most classic animals loved by children. In most cultures, rabbit represents fertility and rebirth. The animal too has been long associated with Spring, as well as the symbol of innocence, a perfect symbolism to newborn babies.

The rattle and other sterling silver christening gifts are available at all Asprey boutiques throughout the world and starts from
£125.00 (RM 875.76).

Hermes Rocking Horse Round Rattle

From a humble beginning as a saddle maker to leather goods manufacturer and now a fashion house, Parisian label Hermes has come to a full circle by establishing itself as a purveyor for French's luxury and chic lifestyle.

While there aren't many luxe brands are catering to the needs of infants and toddlers, and understanding the demands from ultra-luxe parents who wanted their infants to be pampered with the same level of luxury as adults, the brand came up with a series of baby gifts at a price range equals to your monthly salary.

The rocking chair round rattle is made from sterling silver and features the image of rocking horse, a toy synonymous to children. The rocking horse too is another reinterpretation of the brand's logo, a chariot pulled by horses. The rattle retails at $375.00 (RM 1291.88) and available at all Hermes stores around the world.

Royal Selangor Pewter Rattle

Royal Selangor needs no introduction to Malaysians and pewter collectors around the world.

Founded in 1885, the company's legacy in crafting the finest pewter goods is legendary. You may find them in the best department stores globally such as Mitsukoshi and Wako in Japan, Harrods, and John Lewis in London.

In other words, the Royal Selangor pewter can be described as the Malaysian gift to the world. The sphere baby rattle is made of pewter and beautifully engraved with the image of six teddy bears taking a walk in the park. With chirpy and bright sound, the rattle makes a companion for your baby or your godchild.

Available at all Royal Selangor stores and authorized dealers, the sphere engraved pewter rattle is sold at RM90.00 ($ 26.13).

*Photos courtesy of Tiffany & Co., Asprey, Hermes, Royal Selangor and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tiffany & Co. - Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50800 Kuala Lumpur; Asprey - Indulge Floor, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur; Hermes - Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang 50800 Kuala Lumpur; Royal Selangor - Visit Royal Selangor Official Site to locate your nearest store/authorized dealer.

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