Amy of Sassy Cat Lady did a post like this recently, and I decided to follow along. I don’t wear jewellery anymore because I just don’t care enough to do so. I’ve gotten rid of some of the jewellery that I used to wear, but I’ve kept some of the pieces that had some meaning to them.
My hands are shaky, so I’m not good at taking close-up photos, but oh, well.
My grandpa collected these charms and gave me this charm bracelet when I was in elementary school. He wasn’t strong on interpersonal skills, and I’m a bit surprised he had the forethought to do this.
A lot of the charms were Canadian-themed; there was one from Expo ’86, which was held in the city where I live now, a Saskatchewan coat of arms, a CN Tower from Toronto, and a bit of dinosaur fossil from Drumheller in Alberta.
This locket belonged to my grandma. The H is for Hazel, although she’s always gone by the nickname Dolly. She gave it to me when I was young, and I’ll pass it on to my niece, along with the charm bracelet.
I got this ring in the Czech Republic. Garnet is mined there, so there were a lot of garnet tourist trinkets. This ring has travelled the world with me and the band has gotten pretty banged up along the way, but the the garnet is still going strong.
I got this pendant from an orchid and butterfly farm near Chiang Mai in Thailand. There’s actually orchid leaves in the pendant.
The aquamarine (my birthstone) pendant was given to me by a friend. The silver chain I got at Tiffany’s in Las Vegas. I’m very cheap and am not impressed at all by the Tiffany’s name, but part of the hotel room deal I’d booked involved a $75 or so credit towards a purchase at Tiffany’s. So I took my cheap ass over there, and while I’m sure they weren’t overly impressed with said cheap ass, they were still nice enough.
I got these earrings in Paris, France. I’m not entirely sure, but I think I might have gotten them at H&M. There’s nothing French about that, but back in 2004, there was no H&M in North America, so it was still sufficiently European for me.
France was my first solo trip, and when I first started drinking wine, and I felt all very civilized.
So, those are some of the things in my jewellery box that have a backstory. Do you have any jewellery with a story attached?
All photos © Ashley Peterson 2020