Some of you already know that our house got robbed last week. It was sad for my family because we lost several generations of jewelry pieces–some solid gold and sterling, some vintage costume jewelry. I have to admit that the jewelry I have pictures of is telling. Did I take pictures of the “valuable” pieces? Um, no. I took pictures of some of the vintage costume jewelry though. Certain pieces may not have been my favorite aesthetically, but may have had sentimental memories for me: like the ring my father gave me for my 16th birthday. In reality there is little chance I will get the solid gold and sterling pieces back–they have likely already been sold for cash and smelted. My only hope is that some of the pictures I took can help if the thieves get arrested for something else, and they are maybe wearing one of my pieces, or their girlfriend is, or it’s in their car or house…sigh.
One of my favorite pieces to go missing was a handmade piece by Jeannine Rodgers of Spiral Studios in Hillsborough, NC. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a picture of her design either! It was a thick sterling silver spiral centerpiece with bezel set Peridots attached to a sterling silver ball chain with faceted disc shaped Peridot beads on either side. Here is an example of her work:
My advice to all of you is take a picture of every piece of jewelry in your house, not just the ones you may create (my main mistake), but your wedding rings, watches, etc. Also, keep a list if they have any distinguishing marks on them so you can help police identify them if they make their way to a pawn shop (i.e. the diamond ring I passed on from my father to my husband when we got married, had a dent on one side of the stone). Stay safe out there…and have a friend house-sit if you can’t afford an alarm.