A funny story about an inherited ring redesign. Marcia, (names changed to protect the lucky) inherited a very large, very ‘yesterday,’ super dressy cocktail ring. It sat unworn and overwhelmingly alone in a safe deposit box; an inherited ring’s idea of Hell.
Happily she met me, and we had some serious fun with that cocktail inherited ring redesign.
But First It Started With a Broken String of Pearls
While doing a backlog of jewelry repairs, I mentioned to Marcia my passion for making new jewelry using inherited and unworn jewelry.
“Boy have I got a ring to show you!” She grinned and almost cackled. “You won’t believe it!”
“When can I come see this paragon of unbelievability?” I was pretty excited.
“When you get my repairs done.” Sweet smile. “Ha!”
Needless to say all her repairs were done pronto! Pearls, sizings, an amethyst replacement and a new clasp.
“Show me the ring!” I said.
“Show me the repairs!” She replied.
“Deal with it!” She unwrapped them all very slowly from my perspective.
Did I tell you she’s super funny? Anyway she shows me this inherited ring out of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not jewelry box. There were tons of diamonds, some emeralds and some sapphires. With different sizes and shapes and qualities all on this one huge, enormous, gigantic, did I mention it was big? Ring!
Guessing How This Ring Came to Be
We were thinking that toward the end of Marcia’s Grandma’s life, some relative said, “you’re going to the old folks home now Grandma and we’ll take care of your jewelry, but you can take one ring.” So she loaded all her favorite gems onto one ring!
Feeling the Love For Grandma
Marcia wanted to make a necklace for her daughter Taylor and so we started to take apart the ring. Multiple pendants and earrings later we used up all the gems. It was so much fun.
We’re all feeling the love for Grandma now. She’s being talked about, with stories told and that’s what inherited jewelry is for, to prompt thoughts of the giver.
This inherited ring redesign started as an idea and became a gift to a daughter and many daily wear pieces of jewelry. Marcia is loving her new jewelry and that’s making my day!
What About You?
Is there inherited jewelry being warehoused in your life? Break it out, call your Jeweler. Wear it Don’t Warehouse it!
For more examples watch my video, Wear it Don’t Warehouse it!
Santa Barbara Inheritance Jewelry Redesign Specialist
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