Sentimental Jewelry: The Pieces I Cherish

April 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm , by

weliI love costume jewelry. It can make a huge impact on an otherwise boring outfit. But if I had to give up all my jewelry and keep just a few pieces, it would be the sentimental ones over the costume any day. Not because they’re worth more, cost-wise, but because they mean the most to me. I love the antique diamond earrings my parents gave me to wear for my wedding, my sapphire engagement ring that my husband’s late father made in the 80s, my wedding band, and Weli’s gold bracelets. That’s Weli in the picture and she’s wearing those little gold bangles. She was my husband’s grandmother and she passed away in 2005.

When Pablo and I were first dating, it was his love for his grandmother that made me begin to fall in love with him. A native of Argentina, her English wasn’t perfect (but it was better than my Spanish!) so our communication was a little strained. Our visits to her little apartment in Queens were filled with Pablo and Weli speaking in Spanish while I watched TV or read a magazine. But I always remember that “clink-clink-clink” sound of her gold bangles. She wore them everyday and I never thought much of them—as a fashion statement, that is—but when she passed away and my sister-in-law asked if I wanted any of her jewelry, I didn’t hesitate.

I’m wearing them today and they’re making that “clink-clink-clink” sound as I type. It reminds me of Weli and how she called me her “4th grandchild.” And that makes me smile.

So, tell me—what jewelry do you wear that has sentimental meaning?

2 Responses to “Sentimental Jewelry: The Pieces I Cherish”

  1. I have received pretty jewelry from my husband and my mom but two pieces that are very unique are among my favorites. When I was a teenager, we lived in England. My mom ventured out on many fun outings with the American Women’s Club and sometimes brought me along like the time we had a personal day long tour of the House of Parliament and were served lunch in a beautiful dining room there with some Members of Parliament (MPs). Another of her outings was to the London Silver Vault where she brought home a beautifully intricate, lacy, very old brooch with my name carved out of Ivory. Another piece from my mom is one that she bought in the 1990′s when my parents returned to England, at the American Women’s Holiday Arts & Craft show prior to the Holidays. She picked out something for me and my two brothers as we were due to arrive in England for the Holidays from the States. I have loved and ridden horses all my life and the piece she picked for me was a ring made out of two horse shoe nails that are twisted and intertwined in a way that is very pretty and unique. Unfortunately she became very ill that Thanksgiving, suffering a debilitating stroke that left her handicapped until she passed away nearly two years ago. I cherish that ring and brooch as a piece of her, our time living in England and traveling Europe and remembering the loving mother that she had always been to me as I miss her dearly every day.

  2. I’m wearing my Mom’s pearls today! (Which is funny actually because she really wasn’t a big “pearls” kinda lady.) I also have a small pendant/charm of hers that I combined with another necklace that I wear almost everyday. You’re right, it’s nice to have a piece of that person with you—makes you smile.