Just as every diamond is unique, we all have our own unique set of stories. The jewelry we own and wear, collect our life stories in a way I find to be completely alluring.
I can look at any ring or bracelet that I own and tell you the “where” and “when” (i.e. of buying it or receiving it as a gift), and also “what” was going on in my life at the time. I even can remember what was going on in the world at large. Of course, the memories don’t stop from the first day you wear a piece. Jewelry collects special memories as we live “with” them and “in” them for special events, romantic whirlwinds, holidays, those life-changing unforgettable moments and even for the times we’d rather forget in the form of extraordinary pick-me-ups. (Sidebar: Yes, it is true, when life brings annoyances or disappointments, I always feel better if I put on a piece of jewelry; it helps me move forward.)
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So, the sheer beauty and attraction of fine jewelry goes much deeper than the beauty that sparkles and shines on the surface. We live with our jewelry wardrobe and each piece lives with us. You can almost say they grow with us. A newly purchased diamond is undeniably special, but how much more valuable is it after you’re able to speak about the experiences and tales you’ve created together? Our jewelry holds our life stories in such a nostalgic and magical way!
These are the earrings I wore the night I was proposed to… I wore my favorite bracelet to the San Francisco Symphony on New Year’s Eve… and I wear my favorite diamond jewelry for every one of my birthday celebrations…
My best girlfriend has a book of short stories that are attached to her feather earrings….my Mom wore her pearl pendant at the every important occasion in her life….one of my role-models wore her favorite emerald brooch to the Met Gala…these are the sorts of stories I love to hear and over-hear. Once stories are attached to our jewelry, the pieces are then transformed to become ever more magical, and not just for the owner of the jewelry – for anyone who has a few moments to hear a little about the journey.