Mondays can be a bit of struggle for some of us, and so to help brighten the start to your week I've chosen some little jewels which I hope bring a sparkle to your eye.
Aquamarines and I have a long history.
They are my birthstone, but before I knew this salient fact I was already besotted.
You see my gorgeous Paternal Grandmother, or Grandy as she was lovingly known, had the most glorious aquamarine and diamond engagement ring. It caught my eye from a very early age and I'll admit that I held a silent hope that one day I might be the owner of this special jewel.
Knowing my love for the sparkly blue stone, my parents presented me with a handcrafted gold and aquamarine ring on my eighteenth birthday. This jewel was greatly treasured and I still have the band but the stone itself met with a sad demise. Floating away with the dishwashing suds one night, it was never to be retrieved despite a great scramble under the sink and through the pipes!
Now dear friend, I'm going to let you in on a secret....I've been married before.
I was a veritable child bride marrying at the tender age of twenty-two. Although I wish the story could have ended happily, after six years we agreed to say our goodbyes.
Of course you know why this little snippet of my past life is included here, the engagement ring was, you guessed it, an oval aquamarine surrounded by sixteen diamonds. Very Princess Diana - but we're talking about the early 90's so I'm sure you'll understand.
My memory has erased the name of the jeweller who designed the ring to my specifications but they did a wonderful job and I was thrilled with the result.
Again the sad reality is that the ring has disappeared. I had it until quite recently and then after moving house, it quite literally couldn't be found. I'm very careful with my jewels and it is a great mystery which I would love to have resolved.
And what, you may ask, was the fate of my Grandy's ring.
Well my lovely cousin Tiffany, who is the daughter of my Grandmother's only daughter, inherited it after Grandy went to play amongst the angels. She has a beautiful daughter of her own and so the ring will be treasured and hopefully passed along family lines for many years to come.
Knowing my previous history with these jewels I'm thinking that it might be a good thing that Tiffany was its recipient although it doesn't stop me from dreaming that one day a lovely blue stone will one day grace one of my fingers again.
So, do you have a favourite stone? Is it your birthstone?
Perhaps there's a piece of heirloom jewellery that has influenced your own dreams and choices, I'd love to hear your story. If you'd like to find out more about the rings featured in today's post, just click on the image and you will be taken directly to the jeweller.
Here's to a wonderful start to a fresh new week with many opportunities to appreciate some gifts of serendipity,