Our Locket

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As a child, I was always mesmerized with beautiful things. My dad had a watch which I liked to loosely drape around my wrist and my grandmother had an exquisite fur coat which I loved to get lost in when she came to visit. One thing, however, captured my attention and managed to retain it for all these years. I first noticed it when I was younger, clasped around my mother’s neck. As time went on, my fascination did not fade. This piece, that had so enthralled me, was a locket. While trends changed, this locket never seemed to go out of style. I knew there was something significant about this locket and I wanted to know the mystery behind it. My mom used to tell me how my grandmother gave it to her for her eighteenth birthday as a special gift in honor of becoming an adult woman. In a recent interview I asked my grandmother about the locket and how it came to be in her possession. She revealed to me that the locket was given to her on her eighteenth birthday just like my mother and that was how she decided to make it tradition that on her eighteenth birthday the oldest daughter would receive the locket. She opened the locket and a small, sentimental smile crept onto her lips as she pointed to two people, who I had been told several times were my great-grandparents, and told me about how amazingly intuitive this gift was on their part. It had not only beauty but also a photograph of them so that no matter how far away she was from them, they would still be in her heart. My grandmother decided that it was important for me to know what she knew about the history of the necklace, how her mother had bought it in an antique store where the clerk had told her it was made in the late 18th century by a little known Russian jewe... ... middle of paper ... ...d=123&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=lfh&AN=46794358>. The Locket Shop. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014. Luscomb, Sally C. The Collectors Encyclopedia of Buttons. N.p.: n.p., 2003. Print. Perkins, Dorothy. "gold and silver in Chinese culture." Encyclopedia of China: The Essential Reference to China, Its History and Culture. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2000. Modern World History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? ItemID=WE53&iPin=china00804&SingleRecord=True (accessed March 30, 2014). Personal interview. 2014. Pike, Laurie. "Elizabeth Sayles." Los Angeles Magazine Feb. 2009: 52. Student Resources in Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2014. "Widow's locket lost a century ago finds its way home again; Treasure hunter presents his find to his neighbour." Western Mail [Cardiff, Wales] 7 Sept. 2009: 13. Custom Newspapers. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.
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