Thanksgiving Dinner has settled. Another family holiday enjoyed. Our thoughts naturally turn to the upcoming holidays. We look forward to sharing special time with our families and showering our loved ones with gifts.
What greater gift could be bestowed than a bracelet Great Aunt Esther wore when she was married. Or that Rolex watch you remember your Dad wearing as you sat in his lap reading stories together. If you think about your own jewelry collection, it’s likely each piece has a story behind it of an important milestone or a special occasion shared with a loved one. Those memories are a part of each jewel in your box.
When choosing to pass on one of those jewels to a daughter or son, grandchild or great-grandchild, the story behind the initial gift makes this gift so much greater. Here are some tips to making the giving of a family jewel one that will be cherished for generations to come.
Include a special note recalling the event and the emotions you experienced when you received the jewel. Be sure to include dates, as this story may end up in the hands of a young lady (or young man) two or three generations into the future. A photo of you at the time of the event makes it even more special.
Take it to a trusted goldsmith who can ensure your jewel is in good condition and that the gemstones are secure. Your goldsmith can give it a professional cleaning too, making it sparkle its best under the holiday lights.
To ensure your recipient is prepared to protect their new gift, be sure to have your jewel appraised for insurance replacement purposes. Seek out a jewelry appraiser who is accredited with a professional organization such as the International Society of Appraisers or the American Society of Appraisers. This will give you the confidence the appraisal has all of the details that are critical to proper insurance coverage.
With these steps taken, your gift can be worn and enjoyed from the moment it is received.