When jewellery means so much more than bling

Nikki ParkinsonLife 8 Comments

At our wedding reception there was not a dry eye in the restaurant. Not because my husband did a schmaltzy, beer-influenced speech, declaring his undying love for me. And not because the beer ran out either.

No, it was my new father-in-law who stole the show.

To set the scene, we were incredibly lucky to have him standing there. Just weeks before he’d been sick in a London hospital. We didn’t know if he was going to be well enough in time to fly home for our wedding. Through sheer will and a good dose of bloody mindedness, he did.

Most people in the room already knew this. What they – and my husband – didn’t know was he was about to hand over a piece of family history to his son.

I’d love to hear about any sentimental jewellery pieces you wear. To read the rest of my story and all about the pearls pictured below, head over to Justb.  I’m just one of the Justb. team – come say hi to me, Pip or Erica on Facebook

Nan, Mum and I all wearing our pearls ...

Nan, Mum and I all wearing our pearls …

 

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  1. There is a tradition in my mother’s side of the family that a girl is given a silver bangle on her 7th birthday by her maternal grandmother. My mum, grandma, and great-grandmother all had one that was a simple full circle, and of course as it was put on when they were young, once they grew it was there for life. Mine isn’t a full circle but I still wear it 24/7. My daughter is 4, and I’m looking forward to her receiving her own from my mum on HER 7th birthday!

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  2. The diamond in my engagement ring was my great grandmothers diamond from her engagement ring – it is over 100 years old – I love that it has that history. And one day it will be my daughters 🙂

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  3. We have a locket in our family. I don’t know how many generations back it goes but it’s old… 1800s at least. The story goes that it gets passed from mother to oldest daughter. And everyone who’s held it has worn it on their wedding day. It is just beautiful – looks like a book and is yellow gold.

    Unfortunately there was a bit of a glitch in my grandmother’s generation and she ended up with it, even though she wasn’t the oldest daughter. She and her sister didn’t speak for a loooong time because of it… Then I think my grandmother gave it back to her sister, the rightful owner and her daughter wore it and then two of her daughters. I’m not 100% sure my grandmother’s happy she gave it back – but it doesn’t worry me! I know if I ever have a wedding my second cousin will let me borrow it so I can wear it too.

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