Today is my fourth wedding anniversary so it seems fitting to share a heirloom that I wear everyday.
Though my engagement ring isn't my heirloom, the center diamond is. It was my grandmother's (my mother's mother) and it sat in the safe deposit box at the bank until my then boyfriend asked my parents for my hand in marriage (how old fashioned, I love it!). Though I told my husband I only wanted the solitaire diamond in a new setting he picked out this setting on his own that suits the WWII diamond so well. I've never seen another like it! My brother asked one time why it was left to me and not him (he's 3 years older) and the answer made sense--in case of a divorce the diamond is guaranteed to stay in the family. It's not a giant stone or a perfect one, but I know that it was special to my grandparents and their near 50 year marriage, so it's special to me.
I also wanted to share a piece that was supposed to be left to me, but was given to me early. This was my great-great-aunt Greta's china cabinet. I began writing her letters in 1999 when I discovered how sad an empty mailbox is. I got to know her very well and made the drive from NH to PA at least once a year with my dad and a few other relatives. As she approached the age of 100 she asked me if it was something I would like when she passed. I loved it, my mother having one just like it. Aunt Greta will be 106 in one month and this is something that I was given early, since it was in storage. I've been filling it with yard sale finds, china and tea cups from my mother and other things here and there.
The cabinet is from the Larkin Soap company (a good article about the company here) and I believe a few of Greta's older brothers got it as a gift for her parents, in the early 1900's I think. I'm not sure how she ended up with it--perhaps because she's the youngest of her siblings--but it's a beautiful piece, and a piece of history too.