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To enter, tell us what's your most meaningful piece of jewelry in the comments section below.

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Entries must be posted by 12 noon ET on February 13th, 2011, to be eligible to win. Update: This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. This is not a sponsored post.

My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a diamond necklace with a buttercup setting that my mother gave me a few years back. When I was a small child, we would sit at the kitchen table and she would write letters for me to my grandparents (who lived on the east coast). "Do you want to say this?" "Yes." "Do you want to say that?" "Yes." I was easy....
#1 Shelle on 2011-02-10 07:15
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a ring that my grandmother left me when she passed away. As a child I always played dress up with her jewelry and would always put this ring on and now I always have a little piece of her with me.
#2 Jessica Z on 2011-02-10 07:51
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a Claddagh ring from my sister. When she was 16, I gave her one, and then when I turned 16, she gave me one. I wear it everyday!
#3 Kristin on 2011-02-10 07:53
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a Tiffany bracelet that my husband gave me the night I had our first child. It says MOM on it and the O is a diamond.
#4 Cindy Evans on 2011-02-10 08:13
My engagement ring :-)
#5 Tania on 2011-02-10 08:37
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is the engagement ring that my grandmother left me. It was very unexpected - she had Alzheimer's when she passed away and it's amazing that she remembered enough to leave it to me
#6 Jo on 2011-02-10 08:44
The most meaningful piece of jewelry that I own is either my wedding/engagement ring or a Tiffany starfish necklace that my hubby gave to me :-)
#7 Sarah Moske (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 08:47
What a beautiful necklace!

My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a gold locket that my grandfather gave me on my 8th birthday. It has a picture of him and I inside. It has beautiful little flowers engraved all around it. I always think about him when I'm wearing it :-)
#8 Ashley (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 09:05
The most meaningful piece of jewlery I have is a little bracelet from my 6-year-old son. He was very proud of himself for buying it for me with his allowence, and suprising me with it. It is "silver", and most likely from a dollar bin, but I love it, and it is very special to me.
#9 Julie on 2011-02-10 09:06
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a Tiffany pendant that my husband gave me after my son was born with his first initial engraved on it. I wear it everyday.
#10 Jennifer on 2011-02-10 09:16
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my grandmother's diamond necklace given to me after she passed away last year.
#11 Amy on 2011-02-10 09:20
What a beautiful necklace! My most meaningful? I'd have to say my wedding/engagement band (it never leaves my finger) or a T&Co silver cuff from my gram. It needs some serious cleaning but I absolutely love that it was hers.

Thanks for having the contest!
#12 Alyson (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 09:23
A diamond necklace my grandmother left me when she passed away. She was an amazing woman, and I like to think she's protecting me when I wear it.
#13 Kate on 2011-02-10 09:33
Beautiful necklace! My favorite piece of jewelry is an old, art deco style, ring that was my grandmother's. It has amazing scroll work and reminds me of the 50's. The pink stone isn't real, but it's a lovely piece that reminds me of her.
#14 Emily (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 09:35
It would definitely be the bracelet my dad gave me when I was in 6th grade.
#15 dee on 2011-02-10 09:38
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a pair of earrings that belonged to my grandmother. After she passed away all of my cousins were allowed to chose something from her collection. Most of my cousins favor a simple style when it comes to grandmother loved to wear chunky shiny costume most of the cool stuff was left on the table for me!! I love the pair of big cubic zirconia floral shaped earrings. It reminds me that my grandmother and I share the same flare for the dramatic when it comes to style
#16 Julie (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 10:08
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my mother's wedding ring. It's a beautiful gold band with tiny diamonds around it, and it never leaves my hand. It reminds me that my parents are always with me.
#17 Gabby on 2011-02-10 10:15
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my 5 year anniversary band that my husband got me to replace my original wedding set. I also have a heart necklace that I bought myself to always remind me to love myself.
#18 Jody (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 10:21
the most meaningful piece of jewelry I have is my tiffanys sterling charm bracelet. It is from my boyfriend of four years and the heart charm is engraved with our anniversary (our official day as a couple ;-) ). This is so special to me because I'll always be reminded of those special memories of my first love.
#19 Ashley on 2011-02-10 10:27
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a love know ring my husband gave to me for christmas
#20 Juanita on 2011-02-10 10:29
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a gold bracelet my relatives from Hong Kong gave me before I got married. Since I do not see them often, it was great knowing that they thought of me. =)
#21 Florence on 2011-02-10 10:30
Most significant jewelry piece for me would be a pearl ring my dad gave me while he was on sabbatical leave. He was gone for a long time, and it was hard on the family when he was out of the country for so long (call us spoiled!) - we're so glad he's back with us :-)
#22 Heather on 2011-02-10 10:31
Love the Hope necklace!!

I own a lot of jewelry - beautiful and meaningful pieces given to me by my mother, mother-in-law
and husband.

But my most meaningful piece of jewelry is a
five-petalled crystal flower pendant given
by my kids on Mothers Day 3 years ago - it probably cost $10 but it is very very
precious to me. :-)
#23 Arti on 2011-02-10 10:32
the most meaningful piece of jewelry i own is a pocket watch i got from my opa. he was a first generation american from italy and traveled to NYC to fulfill his dreams. when he arrived, he had only a copy of mark twain, $10, the clothes he was wearing, and the watch that was his father's. he never was able to be gainfully employed, but he met my oma and they fell in love and had my dad, who ultimately had me :-) as the first grandchild i got the watch, which opa deliberated on because i'm a girl. it had always gone to the firstborn (but that had always been a boy before me). dani FTW!
#24 Dani on 2011-02-10 10:36
The most meaningful piece of Jewelry i own is a vending machine charm that my Grandmother got when she was a young girl. It has a picture of her Mother and Father on it and hangs on a long silver chain.
#25 Sue Pitts (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 10:53
I was lucky to receive a turquise and diamond ring and matching bracelette from my great-grandma when she passed. The pieces are so chick and completely timeless... you would never know that they are heirlooms, and yet they have a serious level of elegance to them. That they are part of my fmaily makes them that much more beautiful :-)
#26 Colleen on 2011-02-10 10:53
I suppose the obvious answer is my beautiful engagement ring BUT the more interesting story is a necklace given to me by my future in-laws just after my engagement. My fiancée is Greek and Greeks have a lovely tradition of gifting the bride to be with a piece of jewelery. Receiving my necklace made me feel very special and welcome. I wear it almost every day!
#27 Jaklyn on 2011-02-10 10:55
I have a piece of costume jewelry from my grandmother's collection that always gets compliments. It's a broche in the shape of a star with bright blue and green rhinestones. It's the perfect addition to any "blah" outfit and always makes me think of her when I wear it.
#28 Alicia on 2011-02-10 10:55
The most meaningful piece I have is the white gold cross pendant necklace my mom gave me on my 13th birthday. She told me "Now that you're a teenager, I pray you'll forever keep a strong faith in God". I wear it to this day (I'm already turning 20) and I hold on to it and pray in times of wavering faith. College life has a lot of temptations, but with the cross my mom gave me, I am at peace.
#29 Patricia (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 10:56
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a delicate gold necklace with a small heart with a crushed diamond in the center. My father surprised my mother and I with matching necklaces for Valentine's Day (we usually don't really do anything!) when I was 16 and it was so out of the blue that it really meant a lot. My dad doesn't show huge signs of affection so it really was special for both of us!
#30 Kristine on 2011-02-10 10:57
My grandmother lived in Arizona for many years, every summer I would go out to visit. When I was 14 I went out to visit and she gave me a Turquoise ring it is big and chunky. I wear the piece everyday. It is nice to have a piece of my grandmother with me on a daily basis.
#31 Ruth G on 2011-02-10 11:00
I have a jade necklace that has been with me since birth. Jade necklaces are rumored to protect the wearer in times of distress. Its my most meaningful piece of jewelry, I wear it at all times.
#32 Hanniebon on 2011-02-10 11:01
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is an evil eye necklace that my grandmother gave to me to keep evil away.
Hope i win!
#33 Anita on 2011-02-10 11:09
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is the most simple piece I own. There's no diamond or fancy design, it's simply an unpolished copper band engraved with the word "Love". My boyfriend of three years and I separated and both struggled with letting go of the love we shared. When we started getting back together again, he gave me this bracelet. He had made it himself when we were separated. It was unpolished then, but every day I wear it and every day we are together it becomes more polished and refined. Just like the love we share. :-)
#34 Madison Fitz on 2011-02-10 11:17
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is a sparrow necklace my husband-then fiancée gave me before I moved to Ohio for Law School. I had to leave my home in NY. Sailors used symbols of sparrow to signify their return home. The necklace was a symbol that one day i would find my way home as well.
#35 Stephanie on 2011-02-10 11:21
My most meaningful piece of jewelry are my parents' wedding bands.
#36 Kirsten on 2011-02-10 11:30
Thanks! The most meaningful piece of jewelry I own is a diamond solitaire from my bf. =)
#37 Jenn on 2011-02-10 11:32
The most meaningful piece of jewelry I own are probably my wedding band and engagement my hubby got from. Not only meaningful but the diamonds are conflict free, so I know my husband really did put a lot of thought into finding my perfect ring :-)
#38 Nik (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 11:57
My most meanigful piece of jewlery is an Italian charm bracelet that my old Italian grandmother gave me. She always told me to put a new link in it to celebrate "la dolche vita" (the sweet life). I have been fortunate to tavel all over the world with my military family, everytime I go to a new country, I add a link to remember my visit and experiences. The bracelet reminds me of the possitive things in life and is always a conversation starter. I have met some amazing people just by them comenting on my bracelet.
#39 Kimberly on 2011-02-10 11:58
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my wedding ring. I had a vintage Life magazine that had an add for wedding rings that I always loved. After my husband proposed we went antique shopping and they had a beautiful vintage set in a glass case identical to the one in the mag. Needless to say it now sets on my ring finger!
#40 Tiffany on 2011-02-10 12:18
My boyfriend is Egyptian and got me a necklace that says my name in's beautiful and I wear it every day(:
#41 Meg on 2011-02-10 12:19
My most meaning piece is a ruby ring that my grandmother give me before she passed away it was my great great grandmothers i will pass it along to my daughter and than she will pass it along to her daughter.
#42 renee on 2011-02-10 12:26
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a small gold band that my boyfriend picked out for me on etsy. Not a wedding ring or anything like that - it was just a surprise piece of jewelry. On the inside he inscribed "eternity."
#43 Lisa (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 12:27
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is the beautiful diamond ring my grandparents gave me to remember them by when I left to the US.
#44 Anu on 2011-02-10 12:29
My most meaningful piece of jewelry would be a jade necklace my mom found at an auction and with matching earings.The green stone is just beautiful and she got it for under 25 dollars both pieces.
#45 Christi Malloy on 2011-02-10 12:32
My favorite piece of jewelry...I have a few favorites, my wedding rings of course, a little red turtle pin my oldest son gave to me with the biggest proudest smile when he was a little boy and my grannies plain silver knot ring.
#46 Kathy DeMaison on 2011-02-10 12:33
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a single pearl necklace that my grandfather got me at one of those cute stands where you pick on oyster and then they find the pearl inside. It was so much fun for me and my grandmother still talks about how exacting he was about piking the right setting and chain for it! He passed away when I was 13. I'm 22 now and I wear that necklace all the time for special occasions or when I just need a reminder to feel special.
#47 Caitlin Ward on 2011-02-10 12:36
My favorite and most meaningful piece of jewellry is my wedding. Not only does this band represent my 29 years of marriage but it belonged to my mom. She gave it to my husband (because we were broke) and in the hopes that I would pass along to a child of mine (which I will). I am sure that show of love and affection carried through to my marriage and my family.
#48 Katrina Brady on 2011-02-10 12:39
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my grandfather's pinky ring with his initials on it in diamonds. It was passed down to my father and now to me. Since it's a man's ring I wear it on a chain as a necklace!

#49 Jennifer on 2011-02-10 12:42
For Valentines Day, my boyfriend bought me a gold necklace with my initial on it. Its really simple, but I love it. I wear it everyday!
#50 Marissa on 2011-02-10 12:42
My most cherished piece of jewelry is a Tiffany's heart pendant. It's not so much that its from Tiffany's, but the fact that my bf gave it to me on our 1 year anniversary, while I was going through an extremely rough time with my parents.
I have been gifted silver items from Tiffany's before, but they always tarnished badly within a few days of my wearing them, and I ended up returning them...but I wear this necklace everyday and its as bright as the day he gave it to me (almost a year ago now).
#51 Srujana on 2011-02-10 13:03
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my wedding ring.
#52 katie on 2011-02-10 13:05
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my Engagement ring.My husband picked it out by himself.
#53 Holly on 2011-02-10 13:23
for me it is a simple string of pearls passed down from my grandmother. it is nice to have something that was once so special to her for me now to enjoy and in memory of her.
#54 jocelyn on 2011-02-10 13:30
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a gold necklace my parents bought me when I graduated. I was the oldest of an immigrant family and thus the first to graduate high school. My parents were SO proud.
#55 Ying on 2011-02-10 13:33
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my grandmother's favorite gold watch that she was wearing on her wrist when she died. Everyone says we are a lot alike and it was hard when she died, but I have a piece of her with me always.
#56 Aleah on 2011-02-10 13:37
The most meaningful piece of jewelry I have is from my mother. It is simple 24 karat gold band. This ring has been passed down 8 generations. The crazy thing about this ring also is that it has never been re-sized. All of the women in my family wear the same ring size. I feel very connected to my "ancestors" whenever I wear the ring.
#57 Loannie Co (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 13:41
for me it would be a ring that my dad gave me. :-)
#58 annie p. (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 13:41
That's a tough one. My most meaningful piece of jewelry is probably an opal ring that my great aunt gave to my grandmother who gave it to me. It has a lot of history.
#59 Nikki (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 14:02
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is the amethyst pendant that my father gave me when I turned 16.
#60 Eugenie on 2011-02-10 14:12
my most meaningful pieces of jewelry are the costume pieces my nana gave me when i was younger. when i would wear them she would tell me i looked like a princess. and i still feel like one when i put it on today!
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#61 rebecca on 2011-02-10 14:29
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a diamond necklace that my grandmother left me when she passed away. I always smile and think of her whenever I see it.
#62 Gina on 2011-02-10 14:29
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a locket my friends gave me before I moved out.
#63 Stephanie on 2011-02-10 14:50
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is the Claddagh ring I inherited from my grandmother. My grandfather gave it to her as their wedding ring and she wore it for fify years :-)
#64 Natalee on 2011-02-10 14:58
oops I meant fifty*
#65 Natalee on 2011-02-10 15:02
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a piece I picked up while traveling after college graduation. I had little money and it was a simple piece however it reminds me of the trip every time I see it.
#66 Kristine Phelps on 2011-02-10 15:15
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a Swatch necklace. It was the first piece of jewelry I ever purchased myself and I got it with my first paycheck. It is not priceless, but I love it because it reminds me of my economic freedom and that I can get pretty things for myself if I work hard.
#67 sarahsosa on 2011-02-10 15:15
The most meaningful piece of jewelry I have is my Mother's birthstone ring that was given to her on her 13th birthday by my Grandmother. My Mother cherished this ring.
#68 Patricia C on 2011-02-10 15:30
My grandmother bought be all my first pieces of jewelry. She had a charm bracelet made for me from charms of hers (her baby rings, lockets) when I was ten. It's gold and valuable, but my grandmother always encouraged me to wear it instead of always leaving in a case. That's the point of jewelry and it's good advice in other areas as well.
#69 Jessie on 2011-02-10 15:32
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my tennis bracelet that my honey bought me for my birthday.
I look at it all day and keep checking it to make sure it's still there. I would really be lost if I lost this!
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#70 Annie on 2011-02-10 15:44
My most special piece of jewelry is a beautiful gold ring engraved with my grandmother's initials. I never got to meet my grandma, and was extremely fascinated with her jewelry, artwork, and the stories my dad would tell about her. When I was eight my dad got remarried and gave me, his only child, this very special ring at his wedding to let me know that I will always be his #1 girl! I have worn it nearly every day since :-)
#71 Sam on 2011-02-10 15:51
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a cheap, fake gold necklace with a tiny piece of CZ in the middle. While I never really wear it, it's the last thing my grandfather, who died when I was 8, gave to me. I will keep it forever.
#72 Rachel on 2011-02-10 15:58
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is my grandparents wedding bands. I cherish them and plan on (when I am ready) having someone make them into one ring that I can wear!
#73 Nicole Cooney on 2011-02-10 16:18
Mine is a charm bracelet that my two BFF also have with the exact same charms.One gifted all three of us with the bracelet and starter charms when we were have a girls weekend out on the Oregon coast, the same weekend that a hurricane/typhoon struck where we were with 129 mph winds!
#74 sue on 2011-02-10 16:30
My most meaningful piece of jewelry would have to be something my Mom gave me. On her wedding day she wore a traditional Indian sari with traditional Indian gold jewelry. A delicate piece that was attached to her nose ring has now become one of my favorite 22 carat gold bracelet. As if her giving me that wasn't enough, I now have the matching earrings to go with it. It holds special meaning to me because it's something she worn on her wedding day and I wore on mine :-)
#75 Sonal on 2011-02-10 16:41
Other than my wedding ring and engagement ring, I'd say it's my little envelope charm necklace made of brass. It's pretty vintage looking and goes with almost anything : )
#76 Danielle (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 16:57
I know it's cliche, but I'd have to say my engagement ring. It's made from the diamonds from my grandmother, my great grandmother, and my husband's grandmother's engagement rings.
#77 Megan on 2011-02-10 17:03
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my mother's wedding band. She and my father divorced long ago - but she also passed away long ago, and I remember seeing it on her hand every day of my childhood. Wearing it makes me constantly remember and feel in touch with her.
#78 Gienah Ghurab on 2011-02-10 17:21
My most meaningful pc of Jewelry would have to be the Diamond pendant my Husband gave me for our 30th Anniversary, with 3 small birthstones suspended (for our children & Grandson!) that he had made especially for me - it's a '1 of a kind' pc!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com))
#79 1955nurse on 2011-02-10 17:25
My most meaningful piece of jewelry was from my mom about 6 years ago. Its a simple gold plated charm necklace with a heart and a key hanging off the heart
#80 Ariana on 2011-02-10 17:32
The diamond in my engagement ring, it belonged to my father-in-law's mother. It fell out of her ring and was lost for a while and was later found in the family fish tank. The diamond never made it back in to the original ring and it was given to my mother-in-law in a mini manila envelope. My mother-in-law stored the diamond in the sames envelope in a desk drawer for 20 years until it was given to her son, my husband. He put the diamond, where it belongs, in a ring and gave it to me. I wear it every day and I promise not to hide it anymore.
#81 Elin Dilley (Homepage) on 2011-02-10 17:33
The promise ring my boyfriend gave me for Christmas two years ago.
#82 Jaime on 2011-02-10 18:11
A pair of hope earrings my mom bought for me.
#83 Phoebe on 2011-02-10 19:25
My most important piece would be a gold watch that was passed down from my grandmother to my mother to me.
#84 melissa on 2011-02-10 19:32
My most meaningful piece of jewelry I have is a pair of pearl earrings that belonged to my mother. I wear them when I need to feel that she is with me.
#85 Simone on 2011-02-10 20:06
A mixed-metals tennis bracelet my parents got me to celebrate my university graduation.
#86 Jenn on 2011-02-10 20:06
I received a beautiful white gold claddaugh ring for my 13th birthday, and have worn it every day since (I'm almost 22). Even after traveling to Ireland and visiting the original claddaugh jewelry store, I couldn't be persuaded to swap mine out for "the real thing". I would be CRUSHED if I ever lost it. Thanks parents!
#87 Carolyn B on 2011-02-10 20:32
A pair of pearl earrings that I received as a graduation present from my mother. She was so proud of me and I think of her every time I wear them. Beautiful and classy, just like her.
#88 Abby on 2011-02-10 20:49
My most meaningful piece of jewelry would have to be my wedding ring(s) that were passed down to me from my great-grandmother.
#89 Megan on 2011-02-10 21:17
Mine would have to be a necklace that was once my grandmother's. I never got to meet her, so it's nice having a piece of her to feel a bit more connected.
#90 Rachel B on 2011-02-10 21:24
My most treasured piece is a ring from my dad for my 16th birthday. I've literally worn it every day since I got it - it's a reminder of the very best man I know!
#91 Lillian Cheng on 2011-02-10 21:30
My wedding rings symbolizing everything I hold dear.
#92 Diana Powell on 2011-02-10 22:11
a beautiful purple diamond studded necklace from my grandmother!
#93 Tricia on 2011-02-10 22:30
my most precious jewelry is a gold nugget I had mad out of my mothersengagement ring my father gave to her. They are divorced and she doesn't have anything to do with me but I'll always treasure it.
#94 pam gibson on 2011-02-10 22:43
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is the Tiffany necklace I received after I have birth to my daughter!
#95 Jamie on 2011-02-10 23:46
I received a diamond necklace from my father-in-law the last Christmas we shared before he passed away. I had an absent father, and he never had a daughter, so we shared a very special bond. When I wear or hold the necklace I can feel his presence and love.
#96 Andrea Fernandez on 2011-02-11 00:13
My sister got me this tiny gold ballet slipper pendant, because she knew how much it meant to me!
#97 Izalika on 2011-02-11 01:07
My great-grandfather is from Germany and melted down a Deutsche Mark into a ring. It has been passed down and is mine now. I rarely wear it because I am too afraid to loose it.
#98 Carolyn on 2011-02-11 01:47
On my 18th birthday, my parents gifted me a gold chain with a small key pendant. As an adult, they told me, I got my own key to life, but I was to remember that it was also the key to home, where I would always be allowed to be a child. To this day, when I am upset or stressed or unhappy, my chain reminds me of my haven and I feel strong.
#99 Gao Lee on 2011-02-11 02:03
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is a ring from my grandmother. Since she pasted, I love wearing the ring and feeling her close to me.
#100 Shannon on 2011-02-11 08:38
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is an ID bracelet that belonged to my father when he was in college. He died suddenly of a heart attack 3 years ago so when I wear it, I feel close to him.
#101 Laurie McMahon on 2011-02-11 08:58
My most meaningful pieces of jewlery are my grandmothers diamond rings that she left to me when she passed away. Those will be cherished forever
#102 Sarah Spear on 2011-02-11 09:31
My most meaingful piece of jewelry would be my gold hoop earrings I received from my husband. Hes not much of a gift giver, but this certain birthday of mine, when I was feeling most down for turning 30, he went out and bought me these beautiful earrings.
#103 Ysenia Ramirez on 2011-02-11 09:43
oomph! I have a small dainty MONKEY charm that I wear. It means so much because when I was small my dad called me "Wee Monkey" and as I got older we have not remained close. But the memories I have I Cherish,,and my necklace of the cute subtle Monkey, reminds me of better times..
(wow, i didn't need to cry so early this a.m.)
#104 Donna on 2011-02-11 10:06
Gold heart necklace my Mom gave me over 20 yrs. ago. I wear it all the time. I live in DC & she lives in LA. I feel close to her when I wear it.
#105 Karla on 2011-02-11 10:25
My most meaningful piece to date is a necklace with a silver talisman about the size of a dime and the message "Carpe Diem" in tiny letters over a time glass with wings. The jewelry maker cast it from a 19th century wax seal and the picture symbolizes the swift passage of time. It's on a silver chain. I gave it to my mom in May 2009 for Mother's Day after she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She lived the last year and a half of her life living out that message, traveling to Italy, Ireland, spending time with friends and family and riding horses. She died in Oct. 2010. Now I wear the necklace. It's a bittersweet and inspiring reminder of her and to always "Seize the day."
#106 Juliana on 2011-02-11 11:04
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a ring my grandmother gave me. Her parents gave it to her on her 16th birthday and she gave it to me after my engagement fell through. Every time I wear it I remember that I've been in difficult situations but always find a way out, back to my roots.
#107 Katie on 2011-02-11 11:16
The most meaningful piece of jewelry that I own is the blue sapphire ring that my parents gave me for my high school graduation. I've worn it every day since then, for the last 5 years. I had a rough time in high school--during my junior year, I spent 4 months in the hospital due to the damage I'd done to my body from a terrible eating disorder. This ring symbolizes to me that I made it through, I made it past all that, got into a great college, and moved on with my (now) fabulous life. But my sapphire reminds me every day of the struggles that I had to face to get where I am today.
#108 Manhattanette (Homepage) on 2011-02-11 11:35
My most meaningful piece of jewelry i a diamond heart necklace that has been passed down form my grandmother to my mother and now to me. I have 2 daughters now who have used this necklace for there weddings and even a sister in law that use it for her something "borrowed". I will also pas this piece down when the time comes and believe it is priceless with and timeless.
#109 Michelle Vogel on 2011-02-11 11:52
My most sentimental piece of jewelry is my wedding ring. It is the one and only piece of diamond jewelry I have ever owned, and it is so symbolic of the love I share with an amazing man, and our marriage together!
#110 Kristina Lewis on 2011-02-11 12:15
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a heart shaped gold charm that I use which belonged to my aunt who passed away from cancer. I like to think she is still with us and whenever I wear it I feel strong/resilient. Makes me feel I can face anything.
#111 Denise Antonella on 2011-02-11 12:27
I have a cameo ring that belonged to my great grandmother that's been passed down to me. Not only does the history make it special, but I absolutely love how it looks!
#112 Brittany on 2011-02-11 12:38
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is my pandora bracelet given to me from my husband, 4 children and our dog spike. Each of them chose a special charm. My 3 children chose a charm for their non verbal autistic brother which was the ANGEL OF HOPE. I alwas call hime my little angel from heaven so I thought that was just soooo precious. and so were all their personal choices.
#112.1 Tammy Blanchette on 2011-02-11 12:54
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a bracelet with with encouraging words on each charm link such as "strength", "ambition", "love" "hope", it was given to me as a Christmas gift when I needed it most. I wear it daily and look at it when I need an uplifting word every now and then :-)
#113 Ayla Carpenter on 2011-02-11 12:42
My most meaningful piece of jewelry came from my childhood sweetheart. When we were 16, he gave me a "flip" pendant that said "I love you" when you spun it. We moved apart, so we didn't stay together, but I had always cherished that pendant as a reminder of the special times we shared. It was stolen from me 2 years ago, and I feel like I've betrayed those memories. Even though it's been 16 years (I'm 32 now), I can still remember the day he gave it to me, and wish I still had it.
#114 Monica on 2011-02-11 13:22
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a pair of princess cut emerald earrings (my birth stone) that my grandmother gave me when I was 2 years old. (yes, I already had my ears pierced) When I wear the earrings I am reminded of her and how special of a woman she was. She was beautiful, graceful, hardworking, and hillarious. When I wear my earrings I feel like I can be those things too.
#115 Cora on 2011-02-11 13:47
I'm lucky to have many pieces of jewelry that are near and dear to my heart. But one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry I own are the solid gold stud earrings that my father gave me when I was about 15. My grandfather had just passed, and my dad travelled to San Franciso for his funeral. While he was there, he spontaneously decided to buy three pairs of beautiful solid yellow gold studs - one for each of his daughters. It was a huge expense for my parents, considering both my parents had two jobs when I was growing up, just to make ends meet. But my dad bought them anyway, as a reminder to us that life is too short to be wasted, and that life is meant to be lived and enjoyed during our time on earth.
#116 Jo from Canada (Homepage) on 2011-02-11 15:07
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is a gold ring that my father gave to me after my grandmother passed away. He had bought it for her in the 70's. The band looks like a rope that's knotted around your finger with a center diamond and two garnets set on either side of the diamond. There was a spacer when I got because she had lost a lot of weight from her illness but she still wore it until she passed. When I wear it, I think of her and how strong she was. :-)
#117 Bridgid on 2011-02-11 15:18
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a gold necklace that has a tiny crutch pendant. This necklace belonged to my grandfather because he had severe cancer that left him walking with crutches. When he died due to the cancer I was only six years old, but my father gave me his necklace so I could always remember him
#118 dani on 2011-02-11 16:28
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is a gold chain that my boyfriend gave me. On it was a gold ring of his great grandfathers that had been passed down his family. It was his most meaningful piece of jewelery and he wanted me to have it.
#119 Therese on 2011-02-11 16:45
Mine is my grandmother's wedding ring - it's on me every day!
#120 maya on 2011-02-11 23:35
My father's gold Italian horn. He passed over 5 years ago and left this to me.
#121 Chrissy on 2011-02-12 00:51
My most memorable & most precious piece of jewelry is a designer gold watch my uncle gave to me. I had admired it and right before he passed away from stomach cancer, he gave it to my father to give to me. The watch itself isn't the precious's the love that it was given to me with that makes it so special.
#122 Carol B on 2011-02-12 03:33
i can't really pick one but it has to be either my grandmother's ring which has 5 gems in a row,that my dad had repaired for me and had a sapphire put in, or the 21st birthday present my aunt gave me which is a gold band with diamond dust.
#123 Aleze on 2011-02-12 06:26
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is probably the silver claddagh ring my mom gave me. Her father gave it to her and she gave it to me. It's such a classic piece and goes with everything.

- Jamie
#124 Jamie (Homepage) on 2011-02-12 11:24
When I was a baby, my great-grandfather had a set of diamond cufflinks. Each cufflink had 3 small diamonds embedded in it and they were his trademark outfit accessory. He lived to the ripe old age of 98 and long enough to see his three children raise 6 great grandchildren. I was one of the 6 and can say that I have never met a man more loving than him. When he passed away, I was 10 years old and was devastated, as were my cousins. Our grandmother comforted us by telling us, "Poppy will always be with you." On the anniversary of his death in 2000, my grandmother had the diamonds removed from his cufflinks and made them into 3 necklaces and 3 rings, one for each of his great-grandchildren. My Poppy's necklace is my most meaningful piece of jewelry.
#125 T.G. on 2011-02-12 12:18
My most meaningful piece of jewellery is the Eiffel tower necklace my uncle Gjon sent me when I was born. He was living in France at the time, and also sent a letter saying "a little part of Paris for her now, until she's old enough to see the real thing" He passed away when I was 10, so I never got to see the Eiffel tower with him, but this necklace reminds me of the big dreams he had for me, and that I need to work hard to realize them.
#126 Melanie on 2011-02-12 14:53
Oh I love this question!!! I just posted something on 3 pieces that I need to wear everyday.

If I had had to pick one it would be the class of 99 ring my mom gave me for h.s. graduation. We didn't really have loads of money so I didn't treat myself to a class ring in h.s. so she went to mandees (lol)and bought me one, which had the wrong year on it! Love it still and wear it nearly everyday.
#127 jamilah (Homepage) on 2011-02-12 15:23
I spent almost every weekend of my childhood at my parents beach shack, and we had so much fun walking all over the island, swimming, and spending time together as a family.

Our friends had a house nearby, and for my 18th birthday they took a beautiful yellow stone from the island, cut, finished and set it, then made a chain with 18 inch-long links and paired them together - he did every part of this himself, with his hands and tools.

He also made one for both of my sisters on their 18ths, and I love it because now I have a physical reminder of my family and those memories everywhere I go.
#128 Rhi on 2011-02-12 15:50
My most meaningful ring is a promise ring. But not the kind of promise ring you might be thinking of. My dad is an alcoholic, and for my sixteenth birthday he gave me a replica of Keith Richards' skull ring and told me that it was his promise to stay sober. Five years later I still wear it.
#129 Amy Plunk! on 2011-02-12 16:00
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a necklace my dad gave me when I was young. It's a thin gold chain with small ivory butterfly. Butterfly jewelry seems kind of cliche to me, but the necklace is actually really cute. That's not why it's important to me, though. My dad died a couple years ago, and now when I wear the necklace I feel close to him. I even wore it in a family portrait a couple months ago, as my way of having him in the picture.
#130 Sarah H on 2011-02-12 16:18
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a diamond ring. When my grandmother passed away from emphysema in 2004, some of her diamonds were fashioned into rings for four of us grand daughters. We each get one when we turn sixteen. Mine is a half carat diamond from a pendant in a gold art deco setting. I wear it everyday, I love having something of my grandmother's and I think about her whenever I look at it.
#131 Paige on 2011-02-12 16:43
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a ring that my mother gave me. Its a really simple silver ring but she wore it when she was my age and has now passed it down to me. I love that I can wear it everyday and be reminded of her and her love.
#132 Megan E on 2011-02-12 17:15
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is a pair of diamond studs my parents gave me for my 18th birthday(I'm now 49!).They were the best my parents could afford and now that both of them are gone,they always remind me how much they loved me.They are also a classic piece of jewelry that goes with any outfit and any occasion.
#133 Cathy R on 2011-02-12 17:45
Hi, I love your blog, and the hope necklace is so beautiful. The most meaningful piece of jewelry is the heart locket necklace my dad gave me for graduating high school. He bought one for me and my sisters before he died from cancer 5 years ago, and I got it from my grandma 7 months ago when I graduated, as a gift from him. In the inside it has a picture of him and I. It is something I wear on very special occasions and cherish with all my heart.
#134 Joelle F on 2011-02-12 18:11
My engagement ring. I'm not married yet, or it'd be my wedding band!
#135 Valerie (Homepage) on 2011-02-12 18:43
My most meaningful piece of jewelry is the necklace my grandmother left to me when she passed away.
#136 Daniella on 2011-02-12 19:04
My aunt got me a butterfly necklace when I graduated high school. She meant for it to symbolize me flying away, moving on to bigger and better things.
#137 Kathleen on 2011-02-12 19:05
My most meaningful pieces of jewelry are my mom's rings. My mom died when I was 5 so I didn't know her long. My dad kept all her jewelry to give to me when I got older. For my 18th birthday my dad wrapped up my mom's jewelry and gave it to me. I almost cried. I wear the rings whenever I want to be close to my mom and embody her attributes.
#138 Arianna R on 2011-02-12 22:44
My most meaningful peace of jewelry is the necklace my boyfriend got me for my birthday. He made sure that it was real gold because I'm allergic to fake metals, and it has tiny diamonds on it and an amethyst stone. My birthday is in August so it's not my birthstone, but he told me he picked amethyst because purple is my favorite color, and February is the month of our anniversary. I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful of him... and that Hope necklace is beautiful! Good luck to everyone :-)
#139 Katie on 2011-02-13 00:18
My most meaningful piece of jewelery is a necklace I bought from a church on my trip in junior high. I use it as a "lucky" necklace and it's just a lovely memory.
#140 Sophia on 2011-02-13 01:47
my most meaningful pieces of jewelry are the bracelets my boyfriend got for me from tanzania. they are one-of-a-kind and are absolutely gorgeous!
#141 Jordanna on 2011-02-13 03:03
I should say that my most meaningful piece of jewelry is my engagement ring and wedding band set, but my husband's first jewelry gift -- of a pearl ring -- to me when we were dating meant so much. I am wearing it right now!
#142 Dee on 2011-02-13 07:53
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