Welcome in the New Year by Cleaning up the Old

Where have the first weeks of 2013 gone?  From  warm  fireside evenings in December to busy, blustery days in January, it is a wonderfully busy time.

signet ring, old to new

There is something very enchanting about taking jewellery that has its own story and history out of a dusty jewellery box and looking at it again with fresh eyes ready to set a new story in motion.  I have a few stories I want to share with you in the next while about just that.

Many years ago, a dear family friend passed away leaving a 75 year old signet ring to her husband.   It was damaged, bent and the gold had worn thin.  The engraving on the ring was faint and difficult to distinguish.  You know – one of those rings that has sentimental value but really can’t be worn.  So it sat tucked away in a jewellery box hardly remembered. That is until this fall.  This fall she remembered it and brought it to me to see if it could come back to life for her husband.  She was very “thought-full” in what she wanted that story to look like.  So we built a new shank, new top plate and engraved his initials on it.  When he looks at it, she knows he will remember that old friend.  He’ll also remember her thoughtfulness.  But those initials are not just part of her husband’s story.  They are the same initials of their son’s.  One day, it will be part of his story.  Don’t you love it?