1. A view or opinion that is held or expressed.
2. Exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.
Sentimentality often involves situations which evoke very intense feelings: love affairs, friendship bonds made and broken, childbirth. It could be a piece of music, a photograph, a scent or a piece of jewellery. Derived from the Latin verb ‘to feel’, it implies that your emotions are involved or attached to that thing.
I have a drawer under my bed. My favourite thing to do when I have some (rare) free time is to empty it out and go through everything. It has the loop from the flowers my daughter carried at my brother’s wedding, it has birthday and Christmas cards from my parents and grandparents, it has Valentine’s cards from old boyfriends (I don’t get so many of those these days!) and many other things that I’m hanging on to out of pure nostalgia.
The special thing about everything in that drawer is not the items themselves, but the memories that flood back when I see them and hold them. I remember the feeling of pride as I watched my brother marry his soulmate, the Christmas we noticed my grandparents acting more loving than usual only to find out my Grandpa had just found out he was ill, the lessons in love I was taught by old connections. I will hold on to these things forever because the memories themselves can fade. We are all so busy in today’s world that there is rarely a moment to sit and think back to yesterday, let alone to years gone by. Which is why I think it’s so important to cherish the sentimental things that can bring those moments back to life.
I lost my Grandma and Grandad when I was a young teenager. But there are many things I have that remind of them and keep them alive to me. We eat every day from the table they had all their married life, my daughter has my Grandma’s name and I have jewellery that I remember her wearing.
At Roseanna Croft you will hear and read many times that ‘jewellery is made to be worn’. Go and hunt in the back of your drawers, or in your loft, and find those heirloom pieces that hold so much feeling. How special and sentimental would it be to walk around your daily life wearing a piece of your loved one with you? If you have something at home that isn’t quite to your taste or doesn’t fit, why not bring it to us. We are in the business of sentimentality, and everything we do will be with your loved one, your story and your design in mind. You will be fully involved with the process and will sign off the design before we set to work creating a bespoke piece that will hold your sentimentality in it forever. Please fill in the form below to get in touch.