On Christmas Eve, I asked my mom if we could look through her jewelry boxes at some of her jewelry, and she kindly obliged.
So for probably two hours, my mom, sister and I got a kick out of looking at all my mom’s stuff. From the fancy to the ridiculous. It was so fun! Want to see how much fun it was?
My mom had spectacular taste in HUGE costume jewelry back in the early 90s. This is just a small sampling.
Swirly AND clip on! Also comes in a darker purple version.
My sister is much better at posing than I am. Hand painted baby!
Her modeling style is more ambivalent. “What, I didn’t even know you were there taking a picture of me and these awesome earrings.”
Mine on the other hand is more aware/awkward.”Oh hi, let me tilt my head just so. I want you to be able to see the earrings, not my double chin.”
Look, these are so huge they actually have their own shadow.
Mom was such a good sport about it all and even got in on some of the modeling.
After all the fun, and being the good daughter I am, I brought home some of her old silver stuff and polished it up for her. Here’s just a sample. (The pictures are kinda crappy, but you can definitely see a big difference!)
We also went through some of my memaw’s old costume jewelry. When she was alive, people would always ask her if her rings were real. She’s always tell them yes. And of course, they are real rings!
After she died, I brought some things to a jeweler to be sized for my mom, and when I went to pick the things up, the jeweler very quietly brought me aside. “You know this big stone in the middle isn’t real, right?” I laughed a little bit, and said, “Yes, I know. Thank you though.”
Anyway, I’d really recommend getting together with your mom (or grandma or aunts or any other family members) and having her go through her jewelry box. She’ll have plenty of stories to tell about everything, and you’ll probably recognize some of the pieces from when you were growing up. Even Taylor saw how much fun we were having and asked his mom to go through her jewelry box with me sometime.
And in case you are dying to own any of those earrings, let me know. I currently have them (and many more) in my possession. We could strike a deal.