What is your earliest memory of jewelry? Was it a gift? Something you spotted in a shop window? Maybe it was a piece your mom, grandma or a teacher wore?
My love affair with jewelry began at a very young age. The shine of 14-carat, gold dangle earrings my mom wore. The sparkly, ruby and pearl cocktail ring on my grandma’s finger. The gentle “jingle” of the silver charm bracelet my 1st grade teacher wore. Captivating. Luxurious. Beautiful. These images are still vivid and made lasting impressions on my young mind. They fostered my lifelong passion for jewelry.
If I had to pick one memory, my earliest memory, it would be the heart charm bracelets my sister and I received as flower girl gifts from my aunt and uncle. This was “real” jewelry like a grownup would wear. I knew this immediately, even at my young age. The amethyst gemstone glistened against the silver heart-shaped charm. The words “A Date To Remember” were imprinted on the front of the heart, and MY actual initials were engraved on the back! At my advanced age of 5, I knew this piece was special. It made me feel like a princess.
I know this was not my first piece of jewelry though. After all, my mom had my ears pierced when I was an infant, and I’m pretty sure (although I don’t recall it) it was a pretty significant event. I don’t even remember how old I was before I realized not every little girl has her ears pierced.
That heart charm bracelet though? It was special. I still look at it today, and in an instant recall how I felt, 50-years ago, opening the box to discover the shiny, silver treasure.
Over the years, many pieces of jewelry have come and gone from my life, but the pieces that evoked a feeling, are the ones that have left a lasting impression. They’re the pieces I still love to wear. The ones that make me “feel” something.
I would love to hear your stories about your earliest memory of a piece of jewelry. How old were you? Who gave it to you? Do you still have it? Leave a comment on the blog, or shoot me an e-mail, or direct message me your stories, and I will waive the design fee on your first custom order with me!