Saturday, 16 July 2011

Forever the keepsake

A few months ago I inherited some costume jewellery from a relative. It was terribly sad at the time and I felt awful accepting it, like I was rifling through someone else’s possessions without permission.



It’s always a difficult thing sorting through belongings, but I would like to think one day my treasures will ultimately become someone else's.

Cameos have always lured me, I love the classic regal design and I am always on the hunt for something a little bit different. I have seen many a high street replica in recent years. Cameos come in many shapes and forms, something I find all the more intriguing.



Alongside the cameos I was also genuinely touched to receive these lockets, I always have loved the idea of a locket containing a photograph of a loved one or memory. I hope to cherish these and remember the person who these belonged to very fondly.



These two small brooches were almost thrown away, being dismissed as tat, but I felt it was only right that I found a home for them in my collection.



Though the initial sadness that this brought, it really has made me realise the true value of memories and keepsakes.
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14 comments

  1. what lovely items, I think it's nice to pass things down. We have such a throw away culture it is ncie to know the history of an item x

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  2. It's wonderful that you've inherited them, Alice. I know you'll treasure them for always and it will help keep your memories of the lady you've lost stay alive.
    That little poodle is so sweet. x

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  3. lovely memory keepsakes alice, and lovely post x

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  4. I love cameos, I have one that belonged to my Grandma, that belonged to her Mum. It's my favourite treasure.

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  5. We kept all my grans old jewellery in her boxes, even though some of its not the best or the most expensive or pretty we're just keeping it because it was all part of her x

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  6. I'm sure your relative would be so pleased to know that you've got these items and will treasure them for years to come, as she obviously did.

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  7. Wow, some of these are absolutely lovely, I really like a classic cameo and these are so much nicer than the recent high street versions. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to know her treasures were still being used and appreciated, I know I would.

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  8. Aw, it is quite sad, but she did have some absolutely beautiful things. I think it's great that they'll be able to live on in a new wardrobe.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  9. look after that seahorse there :) im sure she would have loved knowing you have them and simon close :) x x x love you miss alice see you in a couple of weeks

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  10. I inherited my great aunts engagement ring and it's my most treasured piece of jewellery and so much more special.

    I love cameos, my nan gave me a ring years ago when I was small and I'm so gutted I lost it!

    Victoria x

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  11. Oh they're beautiful Alice. It might seem sad now but in the long term they'll hopefully be a really special reminder to you. I love wearing my grandma's jewellery now.

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  12. These are all beautiful, its nice to have something to cherish and to remind you of that person. Scarlett x

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  13. I think jewellery is a great way to remember someone. Pieces like these hold such great memories and look beautiful, too. I love the lockets.

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  14. Those cameos are precious and the lockets are beautiful! I'm sure you will look after them and cherish them just as the woman who owned them before you obviously did! What a lovely bunch of beauties to remember her by. xxx

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