Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Links of London: self-gifting

My mother isn’t the kind of mother who has loads of jewellery. She doesn’t sit in her counting-house counting out her bracelets, but she has several pieces, most of which have a story behind them. A ring, bought in Paris, …

Wed, Aug 4, 2010, 15:30

   

My mother isn’t the kind of mother who has loads of jewellery. She doesn’t sit in her counting-house counting out her bracelets, but she has several pieces, most of which have a story behind them. A ring, bought in Paris, with wages saved over six weeks; a necklace, bought in Dublin, four weeks’ wages and paid off weekly; earrings she just had to have, and so saved up over months to afford them.

The common theme with those particular pieces is that she bought them herself, and the stories I’ve heard about them have always made me think of jewellery as something you can buy to reward yourself for hard work you’ve done, or to make yourself feel better for a tough time you’re going through. And so, yesterday, I went into Rocks Jeweller’s on Grafton St and bought myself a bracelet from Links of London.

Somewhat typically, I opted for the Sweetie bracelet, an elastic-strung bracelet made up of tiny loops. I would ideally have bought the above, rolled gold version, but at more than €800, it wasn’t looking like a viable option. So, instead, I went for rhodium with a rolled gold segment, like so. (Image won’t upload, so you’ll have to make do with the link.)

I suppose the point is, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself. Other, not unrelated, points would be that jewellery lasts forever, that the staff in Rocks are very nice, and that the bracelet is lovely, comfortable and, I hope, will please me for years to come.