November 20, 2020

The Heirloom Worthy Gift


    I’ll never forget my mother’s sapphire and diamond ring that she bought for herself when I was little. I think it was supposed to be an upgrade from her wedding ring or maybe it was a gift to herself just because (as any hardworking woman and mother should do). I vividly remember how striking the deep blue sapphires were, surrounding the brilliant diamond right in the center. I’m sure she bought it just around the time the movie Titanic came out, so all I thought about was my mom wearing the heart of the sea right on her hand. My mother was so in love with the ring and so proud of it. I remember her telling me how it would look beautiful on me one day. Some years later, my mother gifted it to my grandmother so she could wear it when she wanted and feel just as beautiful as well. But then, how dreadful it was for my grandma and my mom to lose the ring in a home robbery (though we could never be thankful enough that was all that was lost). The ring is something I think about from time to time and my mother makes a small comment of remembrance and grievance every few years. It is interesting how this ring that would have very well become an heirloom piece amongst the generations of women in my family is now an heirloom memory.

    This must be why I have a strong, emotional attachment to sapphire. I have a deeply meaningful history to the beauty and intention of the gemstone - how it’s become such a symbol of eternal love...not to others really, but to one’s self. The memory of the ring constantly inspires me to one day recreate an heirloom-worthy jewelry piece for myself and the women in my family. I’ve been keeping my eye on Tacori to discover such a piece and I absolutely value Tacori as the purveyor of such an important new heirloom creation, because they stand on the values of family and craftsmanship. Working with the master artisans at Tacori's Studio here in our home region of Southern California is a meaningful part of the story. Tacori is a family-run business and has always been from the start; buying jewelry from Tacori is akin to heirlooms passing from their family to yours. And what makes an heirloom so special is not only the story behind it, but also the distinctive beauty of it and Tacori creates jewelry that is striking in the details, from every angle.

    Every piece we own from Tacori is something timeless and elegant. My husband Kyle particularly designed his Tacori wedding ring, a gold and rather large signet ring with the letter ‘H’ inscribed on top, to be passed down to his children and children’s children. An important tradition in Chinese culture is giving gold jewelry to a new baby, so we got a gold children’s bracelet with Jacob’s name inscribed for him and I have a matching gold signet ring with a little ‘j’ too. Below, you'll find a gift guide of special pieces that I love from Tacori, so that you too can share an heirloom with your loved one this holiday. Also, take a look at Tacori's holiday gift guide and have your wishlist on hand and ready to send to your loved ones.

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