This past Saturday morning, I took a drive out into the countryside to pay a visit to a lovely lady to look at vintage and antique jewelry. I had purchased from this lady before, so I was anticipating finding many unique and lovely items, and I was not disapointed.
Her mom, who passed away at 97, had a lifelong collection of jewelry. In her youth, she worked downtown in an office, and spent her lunch hours walking up and down the avenues window shopping, and sometimes buying jewelry. Back then, the ladies dressed up every day for work, and every day she would accessorize her outfit with just the right brooch, necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Back then, too, downtowns were filled with bustling department stores full of lovely costume jewelry, so she didn’t have to go far to find what she wanted.
A few years back, she had to go into assisted living. She wanted to bring all of her jewelry with her, but as you know, that was impossible. So, she and her daughter went through her collection, and picked out her favorite pieces to take with her. Her daughter kept what pieces she wanted, and decided to slowly start to sell the rest. I am so fortunate that she contacted me to work with.
These pieces are so lovely, and I am thrilled to be able to find new loving homes for them. Knowing that this jewelry will be treasured and worn by a new generation helps keep a part of her mom alive. It’s almost as if she purchased these items in her lifetime so that they could move on to the proper owners after her passing.
Here is a sneak peek at some of them.