rings of gold

June 25, 2019

I have a few lovely pieces of jewellery, passed down by my grandmother, and re-imagined by either my Mum or myself. The tiny yellow diamonds in the earrings I wore on my wedding day, were once the frosting to a gemstone of my Yiayia’s. Jewellery is such a gift, especially when it has a story to tell. “If you’re very lucky, your jewellery will tell the story of your life,” said Salma Hayek. I met a woman in Guelph this weekend, (I was selling my pottery at a summer solstice market) who’s thick gold band is the sum of almost four decades of marriage. “Over the years, my husband has given me several rings to mark milestone events,” she said. “But my fingers swelled and I was no longer able to wear them. So, we melted the gold and combined them into this one substantial band.” She also wears a more delicate band, with tiny diamonds he’s given her over the years scattered along the surface. “The jeweller suggested we add a few more stones to make it an eternity band, and I refused. I wanted the ring to be designed with not a stone more or less than what I had.”

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