The shopping season has me wondering… As we buy more and more, do we really value the things we have?
To be honest, I only have a couple of things I really hold dear. One of which is a vintage topaz art deco ring that my grandmother passed on to me a few years ago. It was originally given to her on her 16th birthday from her Italian immigrant parents (she was 1 of 5 siblings, and at a time when there wasn’t much money to go around so, as you can imagine, this was a big deal!). How incredible that she held onto it and maintained it for all these years. I can’t think of anything I’ve purchased before that means that much to me.
The value she instilled in the ring had me thinking about my own shopping habits, and how I’ve likely fallen victim to the habit of always searching for the next big thing, totally losing sight of what it means to buy pieces of genuine value. With all the talk about sustainability around the studio, and with my grandmother’s ring on my finger serving as a reminder, I’m on the hunt for meaningful pieces that I can treat with care and maybe eventually pass on to someone else down the line.