While attending a family wedding, I heard the most beautiful toast to the bride and groom from the bride’s brother. Their father had passed away about a year before and the brother (man of honor) did a magnificent job of channeling his spirit and humor through the speech. One of their father’s words of wisdom on marriage was to always insist on buying jewelry for your wife when on vacation.
I thought this to be very wise advice and a wonderful gesture of love and generosity. Tchotchkes (small items and baubles) can come and go (actually they probably come, stay, and clutter your house), but jewelry can be forever. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a piece that you discovered while traveling can bring back fond memories of your adventures for years to come. Here are some of the pieces I treasure most from my favorite past travels.
This ring was fashioned after Leonidas, specifically from the movie The 300. I discovered this from a local jeweler on Mykonos during our honeymoon in Greece (mentioned here and here). I bought it late at night, common for shopping on the island, and the owner offered to refit it for my finger but asked for me to come back the next day since he was too tired to do so at that moment. Hey, it’s island life and we weren’t in any hurry. Besides, it gave me reason to come back and peruse the next day.
Shortly after getting married, we also took a trip to Israel with our Judaism class and to also visit my husband’s relatives and saw sites including Jaffa, the Western Wall, and Tzfat. I loved the modern design and aesthetic of Israeli designers and purchased quite a few pieces. These gold bangles were a splurge from the Yehuda Market.
These rings were treasures from my first day in Bangkok. Fighting off jet lag, hubby navigated us to Chatuchak Market, a place with over 15,000 stalls/shops. Somehow, I had my eye on these beauties and it reminds me of our first night there, kicking off our first wedding anniversary trip.
Last, but certainly not least, is our vacation/babymoon last month in Vieques (mentioned here and here). The focus was rest and relaxation as we unwound from work and took the time to enjoy each other’s company before we become a family of three. I found this simple and delicate long necklace from a boutique called Sol Creation which carried a variety of known designers such as d.Ra and Velvet. The necklace may not be unique to the island, but the experience of finding it definitely was.
What memento brings back fond memories for you?