by Barbara J. Feldman
April 13, 2017
To encourage everyone to dust off forgotten jewelry heirlooms hiding in jewelry and safety deposit boxes, I’ve created “Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day” to be celebrated annually on August 8 (my mom’s birthday). Join the celebration by wearing your inherited jewelry, and by sharing your jewelry stories and pictures via social media using the hashtag #MomJewelryDay. You can also share them with My Mother’s Jewelry Box readers by submitting your jewelry stories here.
After my mother was diagnosed with dementia, I began blogging about her jewelry (right here at My Mother’s Jewelry Box). When she passed on February 25, 2017, her jewelry box took on new meaning, and I began repairing, resizing, and redeploying some of my favorite pieces.
Many of these items were given to Mom with love. Others she chose because she loved them. By wearing them, I’m continuing that chain of love. I had a complicated relationship with my mom, but her jewelry symbolizes the good parts of our relationship; the jewelry pieces I remember from my childhood keep my mom with me in a positive way. I’ve made everyday Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day!Dust off your #jewelry heirlooms. Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day is August 8. #MomJewelryDayClick To Tweet
Don’t know what to do with inherited your jewelry? Repair, resize, redesign, or pass it on! You do not need anyone’s permission. The jewelry was a gift to YOU! You’re in charge now.
I know some are reluctant to modify their mom’s, aunt’s, or grandmother’s baubles. But I believe there is nothing sacrilegious about modernizing inherited jewelry. The redesigned jewelry will still remind you of your loved one, but the new design will be taken out of the jewelry box more often than the original was.Got inherited #jewelry? Repair, resize, redesign, or pass it on! #MomJewelryDayClick To Tweet
Love this idea? Please share on social media using the hashtag #MomJewelryDay.
P.S. It’s official! Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day has been accepted into the 2018 edition of Chase’s Calendar of Events.