On 1st June 2021 I finally married my best friend and business partner Phil Ainsworth in his old school chapel at Giggleswick, North Yorkshire. It was simply the happiest of days, surrounded by close family and friends.
Jewellery, of course, played a very personal and symbolic role – as the traditional rhyme that advises what a bride should wear on her wedding day to bring her good luck:
And a silver sixpence in her shoe
The ‘something old’ was my beloved Nana’s wedding ring, the unbroken circle of 22 carat gold that was hallmarked in 1927 and was the symbol of her love for her husband Jim. I never knew my grandad, but after she was widowed, she wore his signet ring on her wedding finger. Over time this eroded the shape of her wedding ring, creating a barrel shape. It’s the reason I do not resize or repair jewellery – I treasure the precious memories it holds and the unique story of this ring.