What’s your all-time favorite jewelry piece?
A cherished family heirloom? A long wished-for dream that finally came true? A stunning gemstone that captured your heart and wouldn’t let go until it was on your finger? I know that all of us have favorite jewelry pieces that we like to wear for different occasions and with different outfits – but do you have one special item in your collection that stands supreme above all the others?
All the fun and excitement during this week’s Tucson Gem Event has really had me revisiting my jewelry collection and drooling over some of the photos that other members have posted from their own treasure troves! I often get asked what my absolute favorite jewelry piece is, the one item that I would keep if I had to (gasp!) relinquish every other jewel I own. It is a nearly impossible question to answer. Let’s face it, my jewels are like children or pets – I love all of them for their own reasons and in their own way! But it does make me think.
I suppose that if I really could only keep one, then it would have to be my engagement ring; as I am sure is the case with many of us. But if I could get a free "safe" pass on that one and remove it from the equation…hmm. That’s where the real challenge begins! LOL.
Even though I have acquired many more rare and valuable pieces since then, I think my number one top pick would still have to be my first emerald and diamond ring. As a young girl from a gem-mad family, the earliest thing I can remember wanting (other than a diamond the size of my fist) was a truly "classic" emerald ring. I saw it in my imagination for so many years that when I finally encountered it in real life, it wouldn’t have mattered how many 60 hour weeks I had to work to get it; it would be mine! *grin* Almost twenty years later, I love it today every bit as much as I did the day all my hard work finally paid off and I was able to bring it home with me.
How about you? Do you have one special piece that you love the most – and what’s the story behind it?
My most favorite piece(s) of jewelry remain the round Rebel design earrings I got for something like $10 a piece when they went on sale – possibly, around 2004/05. I got them in each color then – clear crystals, pink, turquoise crystals and even brown crystals. They are a circle of very black metal with crystals closer to the outer edge. They look so great with my face!
Seanchai, you were absolutely right about " a garden, or "jardin" almost all emeralds have it. And emerald is not even my birth stone. My hubby just wanted to give me something soooo special- as his love for me is- eternal. My emerald ring is so much more expensive than my engagement ring… but can you put price on LOVE? Mine has no "jardin" or price…at least for me. It does for insuarance company, though.:smileywink:
Sean, in case I didn’t mention it before, your emerald ring is beautiful. I totally understand the saving for and finally getting your dream ring!
Love it Seanchai!
I am missing something. Tried many times to post a picture here and no luck so far. I hope all my tries do not show up all at once :smileylol:
I am really enjoying reading the stories everyone is sharing — thanks for starting so such an interesting thread!
I only have a few meaningful pieces of jewelry. The two at the top are # 1 – my engagement ring which my hubby bought all on his own and it is the single most beautiful and meaningful thing I own (not just jewelry, but of all my "possessions").
The second piece is a pendant my Godmother sent me out the blue when I was a little girl. She bought an Irish Claddaugh pendant made out of silver that she picked up during her travels. It’s handmade by an old Irishman and very unique. I wore it nonstop not just because I thought it was beautiful, but because I was so deeply happy to open the letter she sent me and find the pendant inside. She got it because she was thinking of me and that was all that mattered. I still have it and it’s over 35 years old. I don’t wear it everyday anymore, but I still do wear it.
My mom passed a month ago. She always wore a big gold nugget she had made from old gold she had for years. It has a sprinkle of small diamonds on the face of the nugget. She left me this necklace and I feel so special. When I wear it, I have my mom right on my heart.
I have contemplated long and hard about this question. I have my mother’s double-strand, (34"/32"), Mikimoto Pearl necklace with Diamond clasp. I have my grandmother’s Silver Lily brooch. I have my gorgeous Diamond wedding ring. All of these pieces of jewelry are so sentimental to me, and so treasured… but,
I have to say the one piece of jewelry that I cherish above all others is my Turquoise bracelet… gifted to me by an Elder when I was in training. I was presented this after co-conducting an especially grueling, and heart-wrenching, sacred Inipi healing/purification ceremony for a little girl. ‘Magic’ happened in the lodge that night. The ‘healing magic’ that only LOVE and PRAYER can evoke.
While it was given in the spirit of having completed my training, (‘graduated’ if-you-will), the Wings and Sacred Spirals on both sides are a constant reminder to me to lift my Heart, (the Turquoise stone), ever higher towards the Eternal Source of all our being. The Braiding of the Silver is Spirit’s way of reassuring me that we are intertwined from everlasting to everlasting… the ‘Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh’, the ‘I Am That I Am’, the ‘My Father And I Are One’.
In-a-word, this bracelet is Holy to me. I do not wear it for decoration, only for ceremony.
When i was about 10 years old, my grandparents came to visit, upon their arrival, I complimented my Grandmother on her necklace. Right then and their she took it off and put it around my neck. I was surprised. That love and generosity are the memories I have of her every time I look at the necklace. She died later that year. The necklace was costume jewelry, a gold, longer length watch in a hexagonal shape. I also was given some of her jewelry, including her wedding ring.
This is a fantastic topic!
I would have to say it is my first piece of "real"/ quality jewelry that I purchased for myself: a 14k rose gold necklace- the chain is 18", the pendant is a feather with a genuine diamond on the very top. I love the symbolism of feathers: some say they represent protection, renewal, others say flight (or ascending to a higher level of understanding). It can also mean lightness, not being held down (in a sense, freedom). Ultimately- I think it is just beautiful! While I have many necklaces of different styles I constantly reach for it.
I purchased it at a time of great change for myself when I overcame certain obstacles. Sometimes a piece of jewelry is so treasured because you are celebrating yourself; what is just as beautiful as the actual piece you are putting on is that when you are deciding what to wear on a particular day, it is as if you are reminded to live in the moment.
As promised…here are my favorite pieces…
Left to right…My Grandmother’s wedding ring…Peridot. VERY pale but it is peridot and is over 70 years old, 18 kt gold. Her 50th wedding Anniversary ring, make for her, diamonds…her pearl ring…started my love of pearls…and her onyx also set in gold. Huge and flat. Not a scratch on it and it’s well over 50 years old as well. Alll very precious to me and I wear them all.
Great topic Seanchi! My favorite piece is jewelry is my paternal great grandmother’s diamond solitaire engagement ring. She and my great grandfather were married in late 1886 and were married for 82 years. The minister who offiiciated at the ceremony was her father.
GORGEOUS ring, Seanchai!!! I wouldn’t part with it for all the tea in China either!!!
Hi Seanchai :heart:
Very cool post. Lovely ring you have:heart: My favorite piece of jewerly is a ring my godmother
gave to me as a little girl. She left this world at the age of 109. My other favorite is of course
my wedding ring. I have enjoy all 35 years.:smileyhappy: That is of being married.
If anyone in Sranchai’s group can describe what a garden in an emerald means I will be greatful. I saw a show and the guest was bragging about the emerald not having a garden ?
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02.25.15 6:58 AM