Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mama’s ring

I’ve mentioned my mother’s blue glass ring before, but it is probably my very favorite and most meaningful vintage item, so out it comes again today.

My mother, as I’ve mentioned before in my blog, grew up in Iowa during The Great Depression. Her father was a banker who worked with farmers to keep their farms from being foreclosed upon. My grandfather also worked with prisoners at a local penitentiary to find skills for them to take back into the real world. He worked with an expert forger to create the Sheaffer Signature Pen.

One man learned to craft jewelry. As a thank you to my grandfather, this man made a ring “to match his daughter’s eyes.” It is sapphire blue glass in a gold setting, very simple and elegant. Mama’s eyes were exactly this color. My eyes are green, but I still love wearing this beautiful ring.

Mama showing off her new ring and me—70 years later—striking a similar pose with the ring

1 comment:

Charlotte Issyvoo said...

Oh, what a lovely tale. It really is a beautiful ring. And, wow, you look a lot like your mother. I look like my father, thank God.