Antique Jewelry Links People-post 168
A good few months into Coronavirus we are all-too familiar with lockdowns, self-isolating and confinement in their various forms.
There are some of us who have not coped well without close social contact, rebelling against the advice of scientists and doctors.
The majority of us are struggling to find some sort of meaningful existence while staying home, avoiding going out, not seeing our friends and family, not travelling near or far. Zoom has been our main source of communication with the rest of the world and it has served a tremendous, positive role. My husband listens to so many lectures that he should be a professor by now.
Yet, we are increasingly miserable. Our lives are grey. Despite all that we have and all that we have to be grateful for, our new reality lacks the brightness of free movement and socialising. No matter which way you turn it, human beings are part of a whole society and do not do well with isolation (as prisons and punishment forces have long known). Whether we gave any thought to it or not, we subconsciously feel and know ourselves to be links between and to other people.
What gives us contentment and satisfaction are actions and objects that reflect those links. This is exactly where antique jewelry comes in.
Anyone who has read my blog posts has heard me proclaim ad nauseum that we are the links between the generations of men and women who previously owned this jewelry - enjoyed and looked after it, ensuring it came down hundreds of years to us. Even more important, we are the link that will enjoy the pieces today, but must ensure that they go down in good shape to the generations to come.
Antique jewelry also forms a link between the giver and the gifted. Every time we look at a wonderful jewel on our arm or finger, we are reminded of the love that prompted that gift. Looking at our beautiful earrings takes us back to where we were when we splashed out on a gift to ourselves, and we are grateful for the years of pleasure the jewelry has brought.
Antique jewelry brightens your world. Beyond the obvious aesthetic beauty, learn about the history, culture and society of those who came before you. Perhaps the brooch was once worn sewn into a drews or woven into an elaborate hairstyle in an age when ladies needed full-time maids to help get dressed. Knowing that is part of reality, whether we approve or not. Learn, educate yourself and enjoy. Let antique jewelry heal a little of the grey and bring some brightness and energy into your world.