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June 21, 2013

Passing On Mother's Jewellry to Her Great-Granddaughters

Passing On Mother's Jewellry to Her Great-Granddaughters
 Yesterday I sorted a small box of my mother's jewellry. It was a job that has been waiting for me to tackle since her death in 2009.

Mom didn't have expensive jewellry but she had necklaces and earrings that she loved and wore frequently. She was especially fond of butterflies and I found one butterfly necklace in the box.

With some odd type of synchronicity, I found three necklaces that needed untangling. Let's just say that Mother didn't hang her jewellry carefully, she tended to toss it in a heap in a box.

Anyway, I found, and untangled 3 necklaces. I have 3 granddaughters. What are the odds? 3 necklaces and 3 granddaughters. So I am going to give them Mother's necklaces.

I'm writing a note to each of them and enclosing a photo and little bio of their great-grandmother Joan.

I hope they treasure these items and pass them on to their daughters.


Vivian LeMay said...

Nice post +Lorine McGinnis Schulze. I have a brooch from a favorite aunt who died too young. I like the idea of enclosing a photo and bio with it for my daughter, who never got to meet her.

Vivian LeMay

Kathy said...

I felt so lucky when my dad brought me my grandmother's jewelry box a couple of years ago! She didn't have expensive jewelry either, but always enjoyed wearing it. I had each of my daughter's pick out something they wanted and I've kept the rest for myself! :) For the time-being anyway. I get so much joy wearing her jewelry. I'm sure these will be treasured by your granddaughters.

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your plans for family heirlooms. My thoughts related to whether I might start a series of blog posts for any treasure in the family, even those that I don't have possession of, that a cousin might want to document for the future. For instance, we have family quilts that I can see documenting so that the grandchildren can go to the family history website to read about them in the future. Do you think that would be appreciated? You have given me more good ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Nancy Hurley

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Nancy I do think your idea would be appreciated. Did you read one of my blog posts on creating a book with all the family treasures in it?

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Kathy, isn't it wonderful? It brings the person so close. I never take my grandmother's ring off.

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Vivian, that would be nice for your daughter!

Dianne Nolin said...

I have my grandmother's engagement ring. One year the diamond got lost in the wringer washer, so my grandfather had it replaced with her birthstone. My granddaughter was born the same month so I will pass it on to her.
Last year for Christmas my Mom gave me my grandmother's wedding ring which she had reshaped into a heart and put on a chain. I LOVE it! I'll pass that on to another granddaughter.