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The One Piece Of Jewelry I'll Never Get Rid Of

By Natalie |

It seems like we all go through periods in our life that are so special, so delicate in our hearts, that the jewelry we wear or accumulate or receive at the time suddenly takes on a special significance to us. As if the jewelry itself could preserve the memory. This must be why jewelry companies do so well around Christmases, Mother’s Days, weddings, births, and anniversaries, yes?

I’m not one who goes crazy over accessories (except for shoes — do shoes count as accessories?), and yet I have a small box positively filled with jewelry. Some of it is expensive, but most of it is on the cheaper side, and all of them are full of precious memories. I’ll never ever get rid of them, no matter how ugly or out of fashion or how poorly they match my outfits.

We all have these little stashes, don’t we? And how fascinating would it be to see what everyone’s most significant jewelry looks like?! After the jump, I’m sharing mine and asking anyone who is interested to submit a photo of their own special jewels and trinkets for a follow-up to this piece that I’ll post next week. I hope you enjoy! And please, do not hesitate to share!

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The One Piece Of Jewelry I'll Never Get Rid Of

Braided Bone Necklace

When my husband and I were newly dating, he was the type to climb up mountains and bike down, wear braided bracelets and Birkenstocks, send pressed flowers in love letters, and listen to a lot of Dave Matthews Band in his Jeep. Now he's an international tax attorney in the big city wearing a nice suit (no braided bracelets allowed on the attorneys, I guess?), but back when our relationship first started getting serious, he asked if I'd wear one of his bracelets. Like getting pinned, or wearing a promise ring. It was so stinking cheesy, and so delightfully adorable.
I picked this braided bone bracelet, which he'd picked up from a street market during his travels in the Philippines. I've treasured it since and worn it most of the last decade. (Nine years of marriage this summer!) Oddly, it's become quite trendy in the last two years. ;)

What are your most treasured pieces of jewelry? I’d love it if you shared! Email a photo and brief description to natthefatrat at gmail dot com (with a link to your blog if you have one!) and I’d love to include it in a reader round up next week.

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Natalie Holbrook is a hopeless optimist living in a tiny apartment in New York City with her husband Brandon and her fat baby, Henry August. She blogs at Hey Natalie Jean, a love letter from her family to New York City, and where she capture all the lovely little things that make up a wonderful life. Read bio and latest posts → Read Natalie's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “The One Piece Of Jewelry I'll Never Get Rid Of

  1. Janssen says:

    Natalie, this is awesome. What a great collection of jewelry AND stories!

  2. creole wisdom says:

    I loved reading this! We all have such great stories attached to jewelery, don’t we? Your rings and bracelets are lovely.

  3. colleen says:

    i don’t usually comment on babble because i’m not not a mom (but a big natthefatrat reader) and just love this post. i always ask my grandmother to tell me about the jewelry she’s wearing whenever i see her, because for a woman, every piece worth wearing has a story behind it. loved the stories behind yours.

  4. allison says:

    loved this post! i could talk about jewels for days!!

  5. Laura C says:

    My FAVORITE is the story behind your second wedding band! :) I was a little un-Christianly (okay, insanely) jealous of your wedding stack…and I’m still jealous, but in a happy warm way and less an acquisitive covetous way, you know? Great idea for a post.

  6. Erika says:

    Love your stories…I too cherish the jewels that come with a story. Check out my post here.

    I also have my wedding finger stacked with 4 rings: One engagement, one wedding band and a diamond band for each boy, look at it everyday and it reminds me of how lucky we are to have each other.

  7. Heather says:

    Hey girl – LOVE that feather bangle, but your link doesn’t seem to be working. Will you tell me who made it so I can get hunty on it? Thanks for the stories, especially your stack – love it!

  8. Jodi says:

    My husband and I were broke, broke, broke when we were married (we are now just broke, broke). As we were getting ready to fly out to Vegas for our wedding we got him fitted for his tux and next door was a jewelers. We stopped in just to look as we planned on picking up $10 silver bands to exchange. They had these very simple titanium bands and we both loved them as they are virtually indestructible, kind of like us. We dipped into our “fun” money for our trip and got matching ones. My husband says he wants to get me a diamond and a “real” wedding ring but I won’t let him-this is my ring and I will never take it off.

  9. mccn says:

    I have a string of pearls that belonged to my grandmother – they’re fake ones, not real, and I am not a pearl-wearing kind of person – but every once in a while I pull them out and wear them with other necklaces because they make me feel close to grandma! :)

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