Vintage and Antique Jewelry - Like Mother, Like Daughter
inAugust 31, 2011 - 5:15pm
What the daughter does, the mother did. ~Jewish Proverb
“Oh my goodness, I have been looking for a charm just like this and I am so glad I found it!” or “My grandmother had a brooch just like this, it reminds me of her!” or “I have wanted a bracelet like my mother had and never thought I would find it!” Nostalgic collectibles of sentimentality! I love when a customer finds something in my shop they have been searching for, a piece that speaks to her heart. As A Ruby Lane shop owner, I sincerely appreciate receiving customer feedback and the ability to bring joy to customers makes me smile!
Sometimes I wonder about the future of the fascinating keepsakes that fill my shop. Will the younger generation embrace the amazing characteristics and quality of a Victorian era locket or bracelet, a flapper era compact purse, or a twinkling 1940’s charm bracelet filled with puffy hearts? In my opinion, the jewelry of today pales in comparison to stunning vintage jewelry. My daughter, growing up with her vintage jewelry fanatic mother appreciates older jewelry. She constantly “borrows” gems from my vast vintage necklace and earring collection. However, she does not share my zeal for the plethora of trinkets and objects d’art that decorate my home.
Will young woman one-day come to realize and understand the romanticism of collectibles? Personally, I find it appealing to mix modern furniture with a touch of flea market style and with the current re-purposing trend; it is exciting to find new uses for old treasures. For me…it is especially thrilling to revamp older jewelry into wearable jewelry for today. It is one of my passions!
It makes me sad when my daughter says “Mom what am I going to do with all this stuff”… secretly though, I do believe her indifference is going to turn around when she sets up her own household. Then I will hear, “Mom do you think I could have that Roseville vase, I have always loved it?” Hmmm.. we’ll see!