We’re delighted to bring you the first in our new series of posts “Adventures through the jewellery box” where we look at someone’s favourite item of jewellery. What makes this even more exciting is that our first contributor is the fabulous Jo of the Slummy Single Mummy blog. I am really grateful to Jo for agreeing to take part, hers was the first blog I ever read and after reading a LOT of blogs it remains one of my favourites. No surprise really given Jo’s extensive experience as a pro blogger! Well enough from me, let’s hear from Jo about her favouite piece of jewellery:
My favourite piece of jewellery is something I’ve had for 12 years now and I wear it every single day. It’s made of 22 carat gold and is actually the only thing I specifically name in my will; not because it is of any particular monetary value, but because it has huge sentimental value and I want to be sure that it passes to my eldest daughter when I die.
Here it is:
It’s my Gran’s wedding ring. My mum gave it to me at my Gran’s funeral in 2003, in a small velvet bag as it had come from the funeral director. It fitted perfectly on my wedding finger but not being married, (and not wanting to put off potential suitors), I had it made slightly bigger to fit on the ring finger of my right hand.
The ring is important to me because my Gran was always such an important part of our family. We have always been a very matriarchal family and my Gran was always the head. She loved her family, and when my first daughter, Bee, was born, nearly twenty years ago now, she was smitten.
This photo shows Bee as a baby, sat on my Gran’s lap. My mum is on the left, I am on the right, and my sister is sat on the floor. (She will hate me for sharing this picture!)
We moved around a fair bit when I was little, my parents divorced when I was about 12, and so, although I didn’t realise it at the time, I look back now and realise how important both sets of grandparents were to me – they were both married for decades and provided a really solid presence in our lives – a constant that we always knew we could rely on. Although the feistiest of the four, my Gran surprised us by being the first to die. I still miss her now and wearing her ring makes me feel like she is looking out for me.
Thank you again to Jo for taking us through her Jewellery box – it’s so nice to see a piece of genuine heirloom jewellery. Don’t forget to check out the Slummy Single Mummy blog – it’s not just for parents, and you can find Jo on Twitter, Facebook and a whole host of other social media sites. She is also a super expert on all things blog, social media and offers training on these so do