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Gifts From the Heart

locket

Now, I know this isn’t the most exciting photo and it’s definitely not an impressive piece of jewelry.  It’s an old, dented, scratched, gold filled locket, the gold is even  wearing off in a few spots. It looks like something you’d find at the bottom of a shoebox full of broken crap at a flea market.  It’s not much to look at, but it is the most romantic gift I ever received.

It belonged to my college boyfriend’s grandmother. Apparently she wore it for years and there’s even an indentation from where he bit into it as a baby. You can still see the remnants of an old photograph of him that was once carried inside, close to her heart. The boyfriend was from Paris, and I imagine his grandmother shopping at their neighborhood market in Montmarte, stopping at the cafe,  going to mass at Sacre Coeur,  just going about her life and wearing her locket.

locket 2 I treasure this piece for the story behind it , the thought that was put into it and the memories of a very happy time in my life.

What was the most romantic gift you’ve ever received, for Valentines day, or any other time? Leave a comment, I’d love to know!

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Cuffs of Love

wedding bracelets

With Valentines Day this thursday, my mind is drifting off to more romantic times. No, not in my life, in history, of course!!

The Victorian period brought about many romantic and sentimental designs in jewelry. From “regard” jewelry, that spelled out the word using a ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond, to “hair” brooches that would contain a lock of your loved ones hair (also, popular as a form of mourning jewelry), to portrait miniatures, which was a common way to keep the image of a loved one close to your heart before the advent of photography.

One of the most popular love tokens of the Victorian Era were “wedding bracelets”. These were a set of two bracelets that we’re given to the bride to be by her future husband. She would wear one bracelet during the engagement and the other on her wedding day. Which is why, when these bracelet sets are found today, one is usually in better shape than the other due to not being worn as often.

yg bracelet pair

It was also common for these bracelet sets to be broken up, when a mother would eventually give one away to her daughter or daughter in law. So, it is quite something to find a well preserved pair of wedding bracelets still in their original fitted box.

Matching pairs of bangles in different styles have become a popular look on the red carpet, Sometimes you see both layered together on one arm and others it’s one on either arm, which is more of a Wonder Woman, chick power, Clash of the Titans look. I prefer it the second way, but give it a shot and see what works best for you!

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