My grandmother once gave me a beautiful necklace that I wore everyday my freshmen and sophomore year of high school. I sadly lost it but in almost every single picture from that time you can see the tiny porcelain heart resting in between my collar bone.
I love when jewelry has meaning. The idea of lockets, that women used to wear a locket filled with the picture of their love, makes me swoon. Husbands who buy their wives jewelry upon the birth of a child is one of the most romantic things I have ever heard. Handing down jewelry to my children is something I look forward to as a parent and grandparent.
I long for that necklace from my grandmother because it was, in a sense, her telling me something significant: that I was no longer a child. I think all jewelry has some type of meaning, either an expression of love or an expression of who we are. It's one of the things that I cherish most about being a woman.