12th Feb 2014
The Love for Antiquities – More Than A Love Affair
With various blogs we have written about the joy of a well executed piece of antique jewelry. We have also talked about how certain jewelry simply “speaks to us” as if we have indeed found the perfect talisman to express our inner voice.
It wasn’t until I finished the amazing book, Goldfinch, by Donna Tart that I found the precise words that sum up the joy of collecting and sharing fine jewelry – jewelry that will be treasured by another generation.
The following, closing paragraph to the story refers to a significant, historical work of art that drives much of the plot line for the protagonist, Theo. For Rock of Eden, our love is antique jewelry. It inspires us for many reasons, not least of all, the community that shares this love too.
Book excerpt by Donna Tartt – the Goldfinch:
“And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers and the next.”
In an age of what often feels like fleeting if not transient moments, meanings not fully formed or even felt, there is something enduring and curiously satisfying when it comes to a collectible and beautiful piece of jewelry. It creates wonder not only when reflecting on the piece itself but also in the consideration of where it’s been and to whom it may go to next, and why.