On Mommy's Sweet 16, she rceived her very first "expensive", and adult, gift. A string of pearls, which had been fashioned into a choker...
...a black velvet ribbon was woven through the beads, and tied behind the neck.
Mother wore these often.
When I turned 16, Mother presented these to me. I wore them for Church and special occasions only.
I once had them appraised by a jeweler. He issued me a warning to be cautious, as I was holding a small fortune in my hand... later, Grandmother told me that Grandpa had worked two full weeks for a man so that he could purchase the string of pearls for Mother's birthday.
I love having these little pearls near me. I sometimes bring them out, and string a new ribbon on them, and wear them for some special occasion. I hope to pass them on to one of my granddaughters one day.
Do you have a piece of jewelry that you hope to pass on to your children or grandchildren one day?