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.