We are so grateful for our wonderful customers, who come in and share their stories with us. Jewelry always has a story, and it’s almost always about love. When people buy jewelry, it’s often to show loved ones how much they care. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share a few of our jewelry stories.
The first story is about a silver and gemstone bracelet bought in Bali in the summer of 2009. My husband and I found it in a tiny shop in a tiny town whose name I can’t remember. But I can remember the face of the stooped old man who owned the shop. He couldn’t speak English, and we couldn’t speak Balinese, but, somehow, the transaction was made. A few days later, rushing in the airport to make our flight, I looked down at my wrist and felt my heart drop. The bracelet was gone. It had unlatched underneath my jacket, and I never felt it slide off. Though I searched the airport, it was nowhere to be found. I had to leave my beautiful bracelet in Bali.
It’s a sad story, but the story isn’t over. I called the airport security when I got back to the States. They had found what sounded like my bracelet! I waited, impatiently, for the package to arrive. When it did, I opened it anxiously. Imagine my disappointment when I opened someone else’s costume bracelet. There seemed to be no hope. Christmas Day, 2009, came, and my husband and kids had expectant looks on their faces as I opened my final gift. Nestled inside the box was my bracelet!! I started crying with joy. “How?” I asked through my tears. My husband has never revealed to me how he managed to lay his hands on an exact duplicate of my original Balinese bracelet. But every time I wear it, I think of the love it took for him to find it.
The next story is really a duo of stories. It’s a story we hear, in many unique versions, over and over again. When a mother, father, grandparent, or even an aunt or uncle dies, their jewelry can remind loved ones of the special bond that was shared. Every time my one colleague wears his father’s watch, it reminds him of his dad. He received it in his father’s estate, and he wears it almost every day. Another colleague took her father’s gold diamond wedding band, melted and re-cast the gold into a lovely cross, mounted with those same diamonds. You would never know her cross pendant was once a ring. But she knows. It’s a beautiful reminder of her father.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and be giving. We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with family, friends, and, of course, food.
With many thanks, All of us at Dearborn Jewelers