A stranger stabs you in the front. A friend stabs you in the back. A boyfriend stabs you in the heart. Best friends poke each other with straws.
– Author Unknown
Even though the “official” National Best Friends day is in June, Valentine’s Day is all about love. And who gives more love than the person who knows every part of you, figurative warts and all?
One of our blog posts earlier this month briefly touched on best friend body jewelry: those pieces that you share with the person who will potentially be in your life longer than most other souls (family excepted). Best friends aren’t concerned with differences in age, race, faith, or….pretty much anything. Maybe your best friend is a sibling or cousin. Or your best friend may be of the canine or feline variety.
Discovering where friendship jewelry originated was no easy task. Friendship braceletsbecame popular in the U.S. in the 1970s, although they were probably inspired by Central American Indian crafts. The appeal of this item is that it’s both ageless and genderless: everyone from children to the elderly share them to celebrate the bond between someone they love. But those cute best friend necklaces that some of us wore as kids? Not really sure where those popped up first.
But for the modified set, the best thing ever to share with your best friend ever? Best friend belly rings, of course! So whether you go together like peanut butter and jelly or actually consider two people your bestie (why choose if you don’t have to?), take this Valentine’s Day to celebrate the good times you’ve had and how you’re unfailingly there for each other. And here’s to that friendship staying strong and true, come hell or high water.