I've been wanting tell this story for a long time, but I'm just finally getting around to it.
You have seen these pearls, many many times, including at my wedding!
photo by LHP
I'm not sure if I mentioned this on my blog before, my grandfather is a [retired] jeweler
About 12 years ago he was the president of the Illinois Jeweler's Association. And he received a call from the Oprah show as they were getting ready to produce a holiday show. They wanted someone to show real pearls vs fakes to see if an untrained eye could tell the difference.
My grandpa brought along real pearls
(this is my 18th birthday gift-a real string of pearls)
and fake pearls for the show. (this string!)
As far as I know he didn't speak on the show, though he might have been shown on the camera (he was in the front row).
I've always loved this string, even though I knew it was fake. I convinced my grandma to let me wear it for the wedding, and temporarily keep it [forever].
I never feel bad about taking it on trips or wearing it out, because its not really worth anything monetarily. But it's one of my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear!
Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that has a sentimental attachment or fun story?