Diamond and Ruby Necklace with pearl

Debra's Mother's Little Wedding Band Surrounds her Ruby, Framing it Beautifully


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wanted to use a ruby from an old ring she had wanted to do something with for years and a few diamonds from a pair of out-of-date earring she no longer wore.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

Dr. OZ The Good Life Oct 2015|Dr. Oz

This is the Issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life That the Article is in|||When Debra First Put on Her Mother's Ring in its New Life as Her Pendant|Debra's Memorial Jewelry in Her New Daughter in Law's Hair for the Wedding Ceremony

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!

Calla Gold


More in the Inherited Jewelry Series:

Wear it Don't Warehouse it: One Inherited Ring Redesign Makes a New Jewelry Wardrobe

Inherited Jewelry, From Unworn to Cherished, Debra's Story

Inherited Jewelry - What to Do With Your Inherited Jewelry?

Inherited Jewelry - Telling Jewelry Stories - Karen's Story

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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9 years ago

Thank you so much Calla.
I wear my pendant almost every day. I love how it feels close to my heart. When I receive compliments, which is often, I share the story. I get to connect to my mother and it keeps her even more alive!
I have lots of great stories with all my Calla Gold creations!!

9 years ago

Dear Calla, I was delighted to witness first-hand the joy that the re-design of Debra’s jewelry brought her. Since having started a major re-organizing project of her entire home, many pieces of jewelry were un-earthed and this one was very meaningful to her. She wanted to give life to things she had unintentionally buried and her jewelry was part of that. We also realized that many things were no longer servicing her, so she made the decision to let some go elsewhere and keep just the ones she loves. It’s always nice to be able to bring you on board… Read more »

Sue M.
Sue M.
9 years ago

I loved reading this story. It is so inspirational. I’m so glad you included the picture of Debra. I know she’s the kind of person I’d just love.
Her story is special and I appreciate it. I love the Calla Gold Jewelry re-do plan. Who would have known you could make something that beautiful and special staring with a little old wedding band?