Buddhists say that we shouldn’t be too attached to our material possessions, and to a certain extent I agree. However, there are certain dresses, pieces of jewelry or other accessories that we don’t merely love; there is a memory associated with them that comes back each time we look at or wear the item in question. Jewelry is the most obvious of theseâ€”we have wedding rings, pieces inherited from loved ones or given as gifts to commemorate extra special occasions.
For me, my favourite piece of jewelry is a charm bracelet I bought last spring in Amsterdam (a little jaunt I took after my first ever business trip) while wandering around the city on my first solo vacation. It’s vintage, from the 1920s as I was told by the shop owner, and has large dark golden links (for the price I paid for it, I’m pretty sure it’s not real gold). Flowers are carved into marble-sized chunks of semiprecious stones in a variety of colors and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
Sure, I love this bracelet for its unique qualities, but even more than that this bracelet reminds me of the first vacation I paid for myself since graduating from college. I booked my ticket, accommodations, made plans, and explored a foreign city entirely on my ownâ€”it’s a symbol of my independence and adulthood. So, how about you? What is your most prized piece of jewelry, clothing etc, and what’s the story behind it?