Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Grandma's Necklace


I was recently asked to name a favorite piece of jewelry. My first thought was my wedding ring...then I thought of some favorite pieces by other jewelry artists, and then I thought of this beautiful locket given to me by my grandmother. It is engraved with her initial A and was given to her by her godmother when she was born exactly 89 years ago; today is my grandma's birthday. I adore this tiny locket because it's lovely and because she gave it to me and it is part of her history. In looking at the construction of this piece, I think it was designed to open but it is now firmly stuck together. I've never wanted to disturb it too much or risk damage by trying to force it open.

My grandma is an inspiration to me. An artist herself, a painter, she's always encouraged my creativity. She also told me more than once to follow my heart and in fact once made me promise to do so. It has turned out to be good advice.

Her words inspired my "follow your heart" necklace, and I think of her locket whenever I create a monogrammed necklace.



Happy birthday, Grandma.




11 comments:

  1. very sweet and so compellingly written. Your heart is showing.... :)

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  2. The locket is beautiful! I love the monogrammed work as well.

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  3. such a sentimental & beautiful lockets... my grandma was my inspiration also. love your post:)

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  4. It's always special to have history connected to such a beautiful piece . . . Happy Birthday to your grandma.

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  5. How lovely, Lisa. Your Grandma must be so proud of your work, what a great connection.
    xoSherry

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  6. Thank you for sharing
    This fabulous work with us
    Good creations

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  7. Thanks so much for these kind comments, everyone! :)

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  8. Love the photo of your grandmother. She sounds like an amazing and wise lady! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a lovely and touching tribute to your grandmother Lisa. She must take great delight in knowing she fostered your creativity. Her locket is beautiful, as are your handmade pieces!

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  10. Lisa, the locket reminds me of my grandmother, whose locket I own. Also the E on a necklace in your post reminds me of her. Her locket is engraved with her initials. Her first name was Eunice. That lovely E!

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