The Darling Nomadess: A Lady's Jewel Box

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Lady's Jewel Box




In just a few weeks, Christian's family will be moving. I've been helping his mom, Chris, go through all of their belongings to help downsize and pack everything. We've come across a lot of unique and antique items! They used to live on a farm so they had a spinning wheel, old chairs, and vintage farm equipment hiding in their attic along with a small fortune in collectable toys (think 60's Midge doll, original Transformers, etc.). I love looking at antique and vintage items and I often wonder what it would have been like to grow up during the 40's, 50's and 60's!

One of my favorite items that we came across was this jewelry box that belonged to Christian's great grandmother. After pulling it out of a box, Chris exclaimed, "I've never opened this box or gone through it. A lady's jewel box just seemed so sacred!" 

I love that. A lady's jewel box is a sacred place where she keeps some of her most valuable possessions as well as basic needs. A lady's jewel box, in a way, is like a purse. A man just shouldn't go through it! 

After hiding in a box for so many years, we decided to take a look at the jewelry box's contents. 



Most of the jewelry found in the box was gold. I was surprised at how, when looking at these bracelets, I could see myself and my peers wearing them around campus. I especially love the large bracelet. The clasps for many of these were interesting and difficult to figure out as they aren't like modern day hook clasps. 


Brooches found in the jewel box

A little secret about myself - my ears aren't pierced; I have a collection of clip on earrings that I wear! Surprisingly, most people would never guess! The first pieces that caught my attention after opening the box were all of the clip on earrings, especially the pair with the pearls in the middle. Chris saw them and said, "You would have loved Grandma, she was such a lady. Someone needs to wear these!" Then looks right at me. Be on the lookout for those pearl clip ons in future posts, as I'm honored to wear them.




There were quite a few baubles in the jewel box, as well. A few hairpins, a pair of reading glasses, and lots of nail files (a lady always keeps her nails in decent shape)! After doing a little research, Bob Nettle was an Ohio congressman who served in the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1977-1995. There were also a few hair wraps. Chris told me that Grandma loved to get her hair done every week at a nearby neighbor's house who was a hair stylist. After her up-do was styled, she would slide in one of her hairpins, and cover her hair with a wrap to make sure the style wouldn't be damaged on the walk home. 

After hearing many stories of Grandma, I wish I had the chance to meet her. She seemed like a very wise and classy lady. In a way, I feel like I have met a part of her. 

With Love,
Ashliegh

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16 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Noor! I love looking at thing kind of stuff!

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  2. SO cool, all that jewelry is totally you!! Can't wait to see you rocking this in the fall!

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    1. I can't wait to wear these pieces around AU! And the pearl and gold earrings are going to be perfect for preference!

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  3. This is beautiful. The women in my family have several pieces from my great-grandmother's collection. It's funny because she has jewelry that appeals to all of our styles. There are some I wear ALL the time because they have so much edge to them!

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    1. Isn't it amazing how pieces that were worn so long ago can still be worn today and fit in!?

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  4. Love all the jewelry! I nominated you for a Liebster Award! See the link below :)

    http://simplysydddd.blogspot.com/2013/07/liebster-award.html

    xoxo,

    Syd

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination, Sydney! i'm going to do a modified version for tomorrow's post so stay tuned!

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  5. The jewelry is so beautiful. And I especially love those glasses! I recently received some pieces from my grandmother's collection that was long forgotten. I love to think of all of the stories behind each item. Anyway, love the post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amber! I love many of these pieces and can't wait to wear them. I love hearing stories about this woman as I feel like we would have gotten along very well and she would have been a classy role model for me.

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  6. It's to find treasure and learn a little about the history of it all. Fun post. Thanks for sharing. :)

    ~Lorelai
    ps- following you on Bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you, Lorelai! I'm so happy we found this jewel box! Following you back via Bloglovin!

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  7. Great find you have there! I remember how we stumble on our grandma's jewel box. All items are vintage and stylish. Thank you for posting. Oh by the way I followed you on Bloglovin!

    http://beautychaseandrandomness.blogspot.com/

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  8. My late grandmother had the exact same jewelery box! And many similar items! I've had it for 8 years now, and it's one of my most treasured possessions. Hers was filled mostly with brooches and cameos.

    I really loved looking at all the beauty in his grandmother's little box, and it was a nice reminder of my own grandmother! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Those are awesome jewelries! I love its designs and its colors. Having those stuffs on a jewelry box makes it all organized and safe.-www.itevia.com

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  10. So many gorgeous pieces!

    ♥ emma elise
    http://itsemmaelise.tumblr.com

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