Monday, January 11, 2010


My grandmother, who passed away on Wednesday, had a lot of jewelry. At the viewing, my mom out the jewelry that had not been given to my mom or aunts and let grandmom's daughters-in-law and then granddaughters pick something.

You can imagine why this caught my eye.

It's a sterling silver bracelet featuring charms about historic sites and figures of New Jersey: Molly Pitcher, Joyce Kilmer, Thomas Alva Edison, Woodrow Wilson and, my favorites, the outline of the state, Barnegat Light and a vial of beach sand.

My mom had never seen the bracelet before she sorted through my grandmother's things. She knows nothing about it except she thinks it was a commemorative piece for some New Jersey anniversary. Carol of Strathmere's Dandelion Vintage says she's never seen it before, either. I found one other such bracelet online, but it has different and fewer charms.

I'm determined to find out more about the bracelet and am going to stop in to Robert Jay's in Collingswood to see if he knows anything.

Know anything or where I could find more information?

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Melissa L. Gaffney said...

How amazing is that. So appropriate that it ended up in your hands. Best of luck with jewelers. I've never seen anything like this.

LisaSam said...

Hi Jen,
Sorry to hear of your gran's passing. The bracelet is very cool. I would want to know the history. Maybe you can contact the associations affiliated with the people. There probably is Joyce Kilmer foundation or a Thomas Edison archivist who might know. Good luck and keep us posted. I want one now.

caite said...

Wow, how cool is that and what a wonderful, fitting memory of your grandmother. That is fantastic.

Meredith Resnick said...

What a lovely piece (the bracelet and the writing). It seems like this piece of jewelry was always meant in a very special way to be just for you.