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Off Christmas for a brief moment, I thought I would share with you a little bit of re-purposing.
As you will know if you have been following for a while, my mum sadly passed away in October. A couple of weeks ago, we spent the weekend at my Dad’s, doing that saddest of things of trawling through someone else’s clothes and possessions and bagging most of it for the charity shop.
I never knew she had so many clothes! And bags, and shoes.
And then we had to sort out the jewellery, which somehow feels even more personal.

My mum had three rings that she wore all the time: her wedding ring, her engagement ring, and a cygnet ring that belonged to my Great Great Aunt. I have a brother, but I think being the only girl now in the family, both he and my Dad assumed that I would want the rings. But there are only so many rings one person can wear, and I already have my own wedding and engagement rings, and my Nana’s engagement rings, sooo0…
My brother now has the cygnet ring.
We have had the wedding ring re-sized and made big enough for my Dad to wear (he never had a wedding ring when they got married-I guess it wasn’t the done thing back then).
And a very lovely and talented Goldsmith, called Rachel Ann Bird, in nearby Frome has made the engagement ring into a set of earrings and a pendant, so now I can wear them everyday.
Here are some pics that Rachel took:

Photo courtesy of Rachel Ann Bird

Photo courtesy of Rachel Ann Bird

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Photo courtesy of Rachel Ann Bird

I am really pleased with them. I wanted to be able to have something I would wear everyday, as I know it is silly, but it makes me feel like a part of mum is with me.

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  • Reply Heike Herrling December 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Not silly at all. Beautiful.

    • Reply Jen December 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Thankyou Heike

  • Reply Shauna December 18, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Just lovely Jen.I did the same thing but had rings made for my two girls from(my mum) Granny’s wedding ring and a great grandmas dress ring.Its lovely to give something treasured a new life.I think the original wearers of the jewellery would be pleased to see their things treasured by a new generation.

    • Reply Jen December 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      I like to think so too Shauna 🙂

  • Reply Debbie hurry December 17, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Beautiful x

    • Reply Jen December 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm


  • Reply Julie December 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    What a lovely idea Jen. They are really beautiful, and like you say, you can always wear them and feel your Mum is close to you. X

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks Julie. xx

  • Reply Karolyn December 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Really lovely idea – and Rachel Ann Bird is a true gem!

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      She really is 🙂

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo December 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

    What a lovely idea Jen. I have my Mums wedding ring and as her eternity ring is too fragile to wear on my finger, sometimes wear it on a chain . My Dad gave them to me whe I turned 16 and can still picture her wearing them over 30 year later. I love the simple, yet elegant design of both the earings and the necklace your jeweller has used. What a talented lady, and what a brilliant way of repurposing. x

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Jo. So lovely to hear you still have really clear memories of your mum. xx

  • Reply essexhebridean December 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

    That’s a brilliant idea! The finished result is absolutely beautiful as well.

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm


  • Reply Antonia December 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    What a really lovely thing to do Jen. I too inherited jewellery when my mum passed away. I love wearing it and it makes me feel close to her. X

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Antonia. xx

  • Reply janet December 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    That was a super thing to do. You will always feel close to your mum wearing those beautiful pieces of jewelrey

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Janet.

  • Reply Vicky Myers December 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    What a brilliant idea, and beautifully transformed:)

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Can’t take any credit for that Vicky, but am so pleased with how they turned out. xx

  • Reply Rae Hodgetts December 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Those are beautiful. What a lovely thing to do.

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Rae.

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