Not all of life’s moments are jovial. Of course, we like to see the humor and spirit in every occasion, but sometimes the best and most proper emotion is sadness. Such moments as these, particularly at times of loss and passing, demand a dignified solace that bespeaks the gravity of the sentiment. That great patriot Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to the grieving widow and mother Lydia Parker Bixby, wrote these immortal words of condolence during the American Civil War:
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.
Powerful words, indeed. The president knew the importance of remembering those dearly departed. Each interaction we have as humans creates an imprint on the individual and the soul. These bonds unite us and form lasting emotions. At times of loss, it is both fitting and proper that these memories guide us into acceptance and peace. Often, a small token from a loved one helps focus these memories; a picture perhaps, or a small trinket from their home – even their favorite mug or collectible.
At Spey, we peer into this window through pearls. The pearl is a gem that is very much identified with the strong women that come before us. If you have ever been bequeathed a strand of your grandmother’s pearls, or your mother’s earrings, or your aunt’s pearl bracelet, you know the connection these lustrous gems have to touching occasions. The pearl becomes nostalgic and a link to the tender moments of the past.
We love to see women wear these pearls. Each piece is a beautiful story and a reflection of a life well lived. Often, the pearls are reinterpreted or refashioned to feel fresh and modern, or left as they are to preserve lasting memories. Whatever the style, those elegant Washingtonian women who wear legacy pearls keep a piece of the past at their fingertips. What could be more beautiful than that?