Dear Calla – Long Overdue Inherited Pendant

Map of US MidwestDear Calla,

In my teens my grandmother gave my mom an old pendant from 1910 or something to give to me when I was older. I’m in my thirties now, and my mom just gave it to me recently. I have been married for eight years and have two kids. What was she waiting for? For me to win the Pulitzer?

Back to my question, my inherited pendant is a bit small for me and I already have a lot of pendants so I haven’t actually worn it yet. I’d like to, but I feel like I want to do something with it to make it more special. What could you suggest to change it up a bit?

– Midwest Mom Looking for a Muse


Dear Midwest Mom,

I think your mom was waiting for you to win an Oscar. But that’s cool, my mom was waiting for me to get a “real job” and that didn’t happen. Happily, Granny knew you were the bomb and gave you a special “I love you” to remember her by.

I’m showing you a picture of someone else’s inherited pendant that I converted into a pin. We wanted to add some drama and pop to it. Perhaps some sort of conversion to a pin would give your pendant more size and presence.

Your mom probably found it while Spring cleaning and went, “Oh my god I was supposed to give this to her ten years ago,” and didn’t tell you because she doesn’t want you to put her into a home. Don’t be too hard on her.

– Calla Gold

Before and After, Inherited Pendant

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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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