Your Family Jewels

My first “fine” watch given to me by father.
It taught me the value of time.
No, not going there…but wondered about which type of jewelry has been handed down in your family from generation to generation? Or do you have any pieces that you cherish because it was gifted to you by a special member of your family? 

People remember the stories that go with their family jewelry. Sharing your stories now will strengthen the bonds in your family. 
Here are some tips to get you started: 
Be personal and specific
If this ring was your mother’s ring, pick a story from your mother’s life and tell that to your family in relationship to this ring.
Help them feel connected
The piece of jewelry is a symbol of how that person is a part of your family. Be sure the story includes a sense of family and how the person in the story was like.
Start early with children
Tell your stories to all the family, especially children. They’ll look at the ring you got married in next time they see it and  remember you telling them how Grandpa “borrowed” that horse to ride to your farm to ask you to marry him. They’ll love that memory and the ring will remind them of it years later, or the diamond itself from the ring if they re-set it.
Finger rosary owned by my grandmother.
She never took it off. She always meant by it,
to carry God with you always.
Be upbeat
For many people the jewelry they have been given is like a good luck charm. Many people feel the strength and love of the previous wearer of their jewelry when they wear it. So when you share a story about that person make it a cheerful one. Or one with difficult times overcome to reach a happy ending.
Use the story to help someone
If there is a message of perseverance you wish to tell your niece Daniela, or she’s had a loss and can’t seem to get into the swing of things, or you wish she’d try harder or you have a message you can’t get through to her in the normal way, let jewelry bridge the path. Pick a piece of family jewelry and craft a story that shows that her Great-Aunt Carmen dealt with a similar obstacle. It may reach her in a way that “helpful advice” won’t. If you give the piece of jewelry to her, it may give Brenda a happy symbol to remind her of the story and she’ll know someone has made it through what she’s going through.
I am sure you have a story to tell. I’d love to hear about it.

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