Hello - I am Francine, I love jewelry!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Family Heirlooms

Hello -

Just got back from our annual trip to the beach!  I love the beach, it is so relaxing and therapeutic.  This year we went to St. Augustine, well actually, Crescent Beach which is just south of St. Augustine. 

I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised.  There is a lot of history in that city!!  We were able to see some forts, visited several haunted locations and did a lot of walking on the beach.  For those of you who did not know, St. Augustine is supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in the US.  If you are a ghost hunter, this city is for you.

Since my Mother recently passed away, there is the dreaded chore of going through her belongings.  The only positive light is that there are some heirlooms that bring back so many memories.  I am going to talk about two pieces of jewelry which do just that!

My Grandmother, Frances, loved jewelry.  I guess that in addition to being named after her, I took after her in that regard.  Every birthday I would get a piece of jewelry.  Of course being a kid, one never truly appreciates it.

There were always two pieces of jewelry which I loved, even as a child.  My Mom wore more delicate jewelry. My Grandmother, on the other hand, liked bold pieces.  You will definitely see the difference in their style below.

This ring was my Grandmother's.  This ring is 14k gold and topaz.  I have loved this ring since I was about 14 and started wearing really large jewelry.  I was allowed to wear this only on special occasions when I was young.

This bracelet was my Mother's.  My Dad gave this to her.  It is 14k gold, garnets and pearls.  I remember liking this bracelet since I was very young.  Maybe it was the saying, maybe it was the color, but I always knew I loved it. 

As you can see, they had two totally different styles.  My Mother was very petite and would look silly wearing the ring:)

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my family heirlooms and a little history behind them!
Until next time...

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