MW came into the shop today, bearing two tiny Victorian rings set with turquoise and pearls. We looked at them and determined that they probably dated from around 1880. M thought for a moment, and told us she was impressed with our dating skills. She shared that these precious little children’s rings had belonged to her grandmother, who was born in 1873. M had worn them as a child, but they had been left sitting in a drawer for many years until now. She brought them in for cleaning and a minor repair, and then she will be sending them to her young twin grand daughters, aged 7. These lucky young ladies will have the excitement of getting to wear the rings only for special occasions, just like their great-great grandmother did, over 125 years ago. We are continually honored to be able to participate in some small way with your jewelry stories, and thank MW for sharing hers.
As we head into Thanksgiving, we want to thank all of our clients for allowing us to be your “family jeweler”. We appreciate the trust you put in us to help you navigate the complex balance of sentimental and intrinsic value that is the world of antique jewelry. We will be closed Thursday, enjoying the holiday with our loved ones, but open to serve your jewelry needs (and those of any out of town visitors), both Friday and Saturday.
KE came in recently to discuss re-setting the emerald from a sentimental ring. The stone is especially precious to her, because it was a high school graduation present from her grandmother. Grandma FB wanted a special gift for K , but funds were tight, so F did what she did best. She baked. Hundreds of banana breads, and one huge bake sale later, she had enough money to purchase an emerald for K.
What makes this story even sweeter is that K is a now a professional baker herself, running a non-profit that brings fresh healthy baked goods to young people. Thank you K, for sharing your story and your baking!