What to do with inherited jewelry? When Debra was fifteen years old, her mom died. The one piece of jewelry she had from her mom was a small gold wedding band. Through marriage, kids, and travel, Debra always kept it with her. Of all her possessions, this ring from her mom meant the most.
Debra is outgoing and wildly artistic and her jewelry reflects her lively lifestyle. Unfortunately, her mother’s little gold band didn’t fit her jewelry style and lived in her jewelry box.
Decide to Change Inherited Jewelry and Then the Ideas Come
One day Debra asked me if we couldn’t create a special piece of jewelry that incorporated her mom’s ring. The two of us immediately sat down with a pad of paper and began jewelry designing. After a while, we agreed that a necklace would be the best option.
Bringing in Other Underworn Jewelry Pieces Adds to the Result
Debra wanted to use a ruby from an old ring she had wanted to do something with for years and a few diamonds from a pair of out-of-date earring she no longer wore. She also wanted a small pearl drop at the base of the piece, for a little bit of motion. I got right to work!
How a Small Wedding Band Found a Larger Voice
Debra's necklace ended up in The Good Life, Dr. Oz' magazine. They were doing an article about the meaning of inherited jewelry and the creative things people did with their pieces.
A Meaningful Piece of Jewelry Can Require Kleenex
A month later, I delivered the necklace. Debra cherished it from the first instance. She told me how much it meant to her and soon we were both in tears.
Jewelry Can Say "I Love You," but Only if You Can See it
The jewelry you wear is ten times more interesting and meaningful than the jewelry hidden away in the deep, dusty recesses of your jewelry box.
What's the Takeaway Message Here?
If you have inherited jewelry that isn’t being worn, pull it out and do something with it! Talk to your jeweler and see what can be done. Be creative. Design something extraordinary!
Addendum to Debra's story
Debra lent her special piece to Demory her daughter-in-law for her wedding for her something old.
Demory said that she felt the presence of Debra's mother during the day as she prepared to say her marriage vows. That is so moving.
Wear it Don’t Warehouse it!
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