Wednesday, 21 October 2009

My favorite bracelet

Ages ago, Leia wrote a post about her favourite pieces of jewellery, and since then, I've been meaning to post about some of my more beloved jewellery as well.

I thought I'd tell the story of my favourite bracelet and why it means so much to me.

Yes, I know it's missing a stone, but in its defence, it's been through some tough times. The pendant on it has a brilliant story behind it.

The pendant originally came with a gold chain and 4 gold button-like things (there is no other way I can describe them). They belonged to my great grandmother, and when she passed away, the whole collection was passed along to her 4 daughters and 2 daughter in laws. About 30 years ago, my gran decided to take the whole collection (she lived far away from the rest of her family), telling everyone that she'd have them valued and then bring them back. No one saw them again.

I grew up with the 'Legend of the Missing Buttons'. I'd have relatives describing them to me, and how they 'mysteriously vanished' when my gran decided to have them valued. About 15 years ago, my gran claimed that she had sold them and she then gave all her sisters and sister in laws their share in cash, so we all thought that they were gone forever.

Then on my 17th birthday, my gran presented the whole collection to me as a present (which left my mum absoltely wide mouthed because even she thought they'd been sold). I am actually not allowed to tell people outside my immediate family that I have them. So only my brother, parents and gran know that I have them.

Anyway, I kept them locked up until I turned 20, which is when I decided that I really wanted to wear that pendent. I had a really thin gold chain, so I decided to attach the 2 and voila: a classic piece of jewellery. Although I'm banned from wearing it to any family occassions because everyone still remembers what it looks like.

I love the history behind this bracelet, and when I wear it, it does make me feel special. Dozens of people say that they had a claim over the collection and so it feels so good to know that that I have it in my room.

Do you have a piece of jewellery with a story behind it? I'd love to read about it.

Sherin xx


Claire said...

Wow, what a story! Do you know why your Gran did that (and then gave it to you?)?

Rina said...

like your bracelet! :) and interesting story! :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

There's something about jewelry that always makes you curious about where it originated from - especially thrifted/antique jewelry. Loving your story. I only wish I had a piece of jewelry with a similar tale - all of mine has been bought at various little shops like Forever 21, and is devoid of all history (except, of course, for the history I create for it!). :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Gorgeous bracelet and what a fabulous story! I think the best kind of jewelry is that which has a special meaning to it. :) And I think it is so incredibly chic that it is an heirloom!

My favorite piece of jewelry is my birthstone ring which I rarely take off. My dad bought it for me as a high school graduation present, so it has a lot of meaning too. :)

Leah said...

Take care of that jewelry... it is a priceless heirloom.

C.O.A.F.E's Amy! said...

My favourite necklace is a locket of my great Gran's with photos of my Mum and Uncle as babies in it.

I love that it's more than just a necklace :)

Dubai Stylista said...

Sherin, wow!! You sure can tell a great story. Thats amazing. Do you know why you were the CHOSEN ONE ? :P

OceanDreams said...

I loved reading the story, what a cool piece of jewelry for you to keep as a keepsake! I have a few rings from my grandmother who received them from her mother. One ring has two pearls that came from Sea World - when the diver went down into the ocean he came up with two pearls instead of one. I love that ring.

Eggy said...

that was a great great post. so much history it sounds like a movie. i'm glad you finally got the piece. treasure it forever and wear it with pride, hopefully one day you can pass it on to your own daughter!

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

Hey Sherin! It was lovely meeting you yesterday, I had so much fun! I don't know whether I'm excited or really nervous to watch the program though, especially the bit where we're running around grabbing clothes. I kept knocking things over and dropping boots!

Love your blog, and this story was so interesting you read. That bracelet is gorgeous :)

♥ Hannah



Luinae said...

That is the coolest story EVER. When I read it, I felt like I was in a fairy tale and the ending was so perfect.

Maria Confer said...

What an amazing story!! Your gran must really love you a lot!!

Couture Cookie said...

I loved reading this story! Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of jewelry from either of my grandmothers. My dad saved his mother's wedding ring for me and somehow it got lost - I was so sad when I found out. Hoping it will someday turn up again. :(

E said...

I completely agree. That bracelet is beautiful, but all the more special because of the story behind it. I love anything that has family history behind it. My wedding band is my husband's great grandmother's and I love it so much.

Kristin said...

Aren't you a lucky lady? What a beautiful story! My nana gave my Mom an aquamarine ring that I've always adored. I wore it in my wedding and can't wait until I can call it mine. I'm working on it. Ah ha

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