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Jewellery Box Stories

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.

charm bracelet

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.

heart-shaped locket

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.

ring with garnet stone

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.

green orchid pendant

I got this pendant from an orchid and butterfly farm near Chiang Mai in Thailand. There’s actually orchid leaves in the pendant.

turquoise pendant on silver chain

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

37 thoughts on “Jewellery Box Stories”

  1. What beautiful pieces with a backstory. I also like to get jewelry when I travel because it’s so lightweight and makes for great memories. Maybe I’ll do a post like that too, it is a great idea!

  2. I have to admit, I love buying jewelry like necklaces and bracelets, but do you know what? I never wear them, I can’t stand having anything around my throat or neck, and bracelets jangling get on my nerves. So every couple of years, I give it to the boys who weigh it, send it off and a few days later, they get a lovely cheque between them. I love places like Tiffany’s and I can’t help myself. What a waste lol.

  3. Love this! A few years ago I decided to pass on some of my “good” jewelry to special friends and each piece had a special story which I included with each gift. I still have many more special pieces with special stories which I shall be passing on soon. One necklace, which I never wear anymore (no reason since I go nowhere other than the grocery store and the doctor) I can’t seem to let go of – so I included it in my will to be passed on then but I think it will probably go to its intended recipient before that time. I now have two granddaughters but they are toddlers, so their ‘inheritances’ can stay a while with me. I have a diamond watch that has a story, but heavens who wears watches these days?

  4. I actually rarely wear jewelry (sensory issues), but I do have some jewelry with special meaning. My wedding and engagement rings of course, a few of my mom’s jewelry pieces given to her by my dad, and a couple pieces from my sister after she died.

  5. What nice pieces you have! 🙂 I have a charm bracelet too – I started making it to keep up with world travels. Each charm on there represents a favorite memory from each country I’ve visited. Thought it would be nice to have someday and relive those memories. And to ensure a bracelet that would last, I also took my cheap @$$ over to Tiffany’s!! 🙂 Like you I don’t need the brand so much, but they do make a dang fine and durable charm bracelet. The charms I mostly get off Ebay 🙂

  6. I have jewelery that I’ve bought and which people gave me but I rarely wear them except for my engagement ring. I love collecting quirky pins but then I rarely wear them… Giving me jewelery is a waste of money and effort, to be honest.

  7. These are beautiful! Orchids have a very special place in my heart, and this gives me inspiration to create a resin pendant with some of my own orchid petals.

    I tend to wear a decent amount of jewelry. I’ve always loved necklaces and bracelets especially. I have a collection that I don’t wear anymore, but I keep them because they hold meaning for me. I might do a post like this!!

  8. What some beautiful pieces – I especially love the charm bracelet and your grandma’s locket! I’d love to pass down a few of my pieces when/if I have kids, I love the idea of jewellery having so much history behind it. And thanks for the mention 🙂

  9. This is such a cool blog post! I love hearing stories of people’s jewelry. When I worked for Kay Jeweler’s, I loved it when people would bring in sentimental jewelry and tell us about the pieces. But also terrified because making modifications to those pieces were usually risky! One of the things I regret about traveling to Japan is that I didn’t bring back more little pieces. However, I did bring back a pink “deer whistle” I bought at the temple shop in Nara Japan.

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