Friday, November 9, 2007

Show and Tell Friday: my mother's ring

Another Friday is here - how quickly the time passes! I'm happy to have you join me for another Show and Tell. This week I'm showing you a ring both me and my mother are very fond of.

Mom bought this ring around 35 years ago, when she was a student in one of the universities of St. Petersburg, Russia (at that time, Leningrad, USSR). It wasn't very expensive - we think it's made of not very pure silver, and I'm pretty sure the stone in its center is malachite. Much more interesting are the beautiful carvings on it (click to enlarge so you can see them properly). It hold memories from a period of Mom's life which she enjoyed very much and loves to remember. This makes it special for me as well, and if God blesses me with a daughter, I intend to keep it and pass it on.

Another thing I love about this ring is that it wasn't made for mass production with a hundred similar pieces of jewelry. Mom bought it in an artist's shop, and I've never seen anything quite like it.

Thank you for visiting me today - and thank you for all your lovely comments and emails this week. I so enjoy and appreciate hearing from you! I wish you all a refreshing and relaxing weekend.

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40 comments:

Hootin'Anni said...

I love rings!! And, this one is absolutely stunning.

My S n T is posted. Drop by if you can find time, won't you?

Terry said...

Original *anything* is so rare these days. You are very fortunate to have such a beautiful and unique piece to pass along in your family.

Sammybunny said...

pretty!

Penless Thoughts said...

Very dainty and lovely ring. A wonderful keepsake.
Susan

Anonymous said...

I think it's lovely, & it looks very nice on your finger! You're right about the artistry, too. One of a kind things are often superior, in style as well as workmanship.

Brenda

Tracy said...

It's beautiful!

Bethany Sue, CFO said...

What a unique piece! Cherish such treasures from you Momma. Now that I have a daughter I really understand that special bond shared between the two. Have a great day.

ellen b said...

The ring is beautiful. Enjoy...

Anonymous said...

I love it! It reminds me of some jewelty of my grandmother's that my mother gave me. None of it was very expensive, but I love wearing it. It makes me remember my Grandma at her best. Enjoy your ring and the stories that go with it.
:)
Emily

LBP said...

Beautiful and unusual ring! What a great treasure from your mom.

Blessing

Linda

randi---i have to say said...

What a blessing to have such a treasure. It is lovely!

Kyla said...

So pretty. I love jewelry with a story!

Susie said...

I can see why your would treasure this beautiful ring. It will make a wonderful heirloom to pass to future generations..
:)

Ron and Ginny said...

That is beautiful and very old-fashioned. A wonderful heirloom. :-D

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts said...

It's beautiful, and so unique!

Karen said...

Wow. Fascinating piece. I love unique looking stuff like that. :)
My mom passed a mood ring down to me from the 70s...but someone stole it during gym class. She also gave me some diamond earrings my dad had given to her long ago...but they fell out of my ears in the hallway at school, never to be seen again! You are lucky to have this!

Julie's Jewels said...

That is a very unique and interesting ring. How precious of you to be able to have something like that from your mom. I too have a ring that my momma gave me many years ago. It is just a plain gold band that she had that my great-grandmother gave to her. I intend to do the same as you....save it for my daughters so I can pass it on to one of them.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful ring and even more so the history of it. A very special family heirloom.

Cathy :)

Kelly said...

Oh how pretty. It is rarely about the "value" of a piece of jewelry, it's more about the history and memories. How wonderful to have something tied to so many wonderful memories.

Amanda said...

It may not be worth much in money, but it sure is pretty!

Crystal said...

Things don't have to be expensive to be treasured. What a pretty treasure you've shared.

Mommy said...

It is a very beautiful ring, and very unique. I love the originality of it too. Thanks for sharing the story behind it. :)

Quinne said...

Hi Anna :) What a pretty ring! The memories and the fact that you would like to pass it on to a daughter someday make it so precious. Have a blessed wknd! Q

Abigail said...

This is a beautiful ring, and it certainly must be a treasure to you. My mom has two rings that have been in her family since the 1920s! They were her great grandparents wedding rings. We even have pictures of my great-great grandparents wearing them! They are both lovely pieces of jewelry and one day, I also hope to pass them on to my little girl.

Anita said...

Oh Anna, what a lovely ring! Yes, you are right, those unique things made in former times are much more pecious than lots of things you can buy nowadays.

I am sure you will be able to pass it on to your daughter one day in the future... ;-))

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Laura said...

It's very pretty! I love unique jewelry, especially family heirlooms.

Emily said...

Oh what a lovely treasure!!!! It's beautiful.

Seashell / Chelsea said...

What a beautiful ring! I think passing on keepsakes and heirlooms from mother to daughter is such a wonderful tradition. I have a ring from my grandmother with beautiful filigree which is one of my most valued possesions. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

I don't wear much jewelry, but do like rings. This one is lovely and a great family keepsake. Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

Beautiful! And so unique. As a jewellery maker myself, I can honestly say this is a lovely piece :)

Mrs Amy said...

What a lovely ring! I have my grandmothers engagment ring and it too has lots of intricate work, so rare these days of mass produced things.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Amy

Julie's Jewels said...

Well...I'm not sure what happened to my comment from earlier but it obviously didn't post. I was saying that your ring is definitely unique and very special. I also have a ring that my momma gave me...it is just a gold band that was my great-grandmother's wedding band. She gave it to me many years ago. I plan on giving it to one of my girls in a few years as well so it can be passed down.

USAincognito said...

It has beautiful detailing. Really pretty! :) So glad you can have a part of your mother's past to remind you (and her) of days gone by.

PEA said...

Such a beautiful ring and after reading the story behind it, I can see why it would mean so much to you! I love the details on it, very unusual. It looks gorgeous on your finger:-) xo

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful ring, and pleasant memories you'll have with it in years to come.

What you said about your parents in your profile above is just so sweet, you will be blessed for that attitude!

Katherine

Rebekah S. said...

How pretty!!! What a rare treasure! Your daughter (Lord willing) will be so blessed to one day receive it! :) Thanks so much for sharing. And oh goodness, I forgot show and tell yet again! :(

Mary said...

What an absolutely beautiful ring! It looks so pretty on your hand. Anna, it sounds as though you have a very interesting family history. Have you ever written about it on your blog? If so, could you point me in the right direction? I love to read family history! Even if it's not my own.

Anna S said...

Mary, actually, I haven't had the chance to write about my family history yet, but I'm definitely planning to!

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful ring! :->

Kaeus said...

how lovely. the ring is beautiful, although from the picture it doesnt look like malachite. looks oddly like a green cats-eye... which i dont think actually exists. but photos can be decieving.

so lovely to have something from your mother that means so much to the both of you. just shows that things dont need to be expensive to be treasures.