November 1, 2009

My engagement ring

is a necklace. It's sterling silver cast from a mink's jawbone. The packaging is great. A wooden keepsake box with a carved wood skull bead and a tiny little locket on the twine (I might get a chain for that tiny locket too).

Inside is the original bone from which the necklace was cast. So there is only one ever made.
I'm so excited for my gift! A little story...

Back in the summer, we decided we shall have a wedding. I didn't want a diamond (additionally, I am technically the one who "proposed"), but Mike still wanted me to have something for the engagement. I thought, hmm... how about a necklace? I don't own any, as I'm very picky about things and not very into most jewelry. I remembered this wonderful line of necklaces at Luehmann, in particular one cast from a mink's jawbone. So off we went to see them again, only to discover the store had closed! Bummer. We weren't finding anything I wanted, and this necklace was on my mind. "It would have been perfect," we both kept saying. And then, Luehmann had the one night only event at June, which I told you about already. I told her the story about the necklace... and guess what? Turns out she still had it, only not at the event. We arranged a date to meet, which was this morning. We had a lovely brunch at Red Stag, and now I have my engagement keepsake. That's a pretty good story, no? I can't wait to wear it with my very ladylike and fancy gown! I have to keep it tough, you know. I can't be head-to-toe elegance; it just would not be accurate.

And I found the jewelry designer, Laurie Brown, on etsy. Here is her shop, aubergine, named after her pug. You should take a peek at the gold seahorse necklace. It's pretty amazing. She's based in San Francisco, and I followed her etsy link to the store where you can find her work, for those of you in the Bay Area. She's in a place called Paxton Gate, which also has an online shop. Their things look amazing as well. I'm going there whenever I get myself out to SF.

More stories soon, dears. Hope your weekend was filled with sweets.

2 comments:

terb said...

In the future I will actually introduce myself to you, but for now I leave you with this: Paxton Gate is one cool mofo store. I have a loop I'd like to recommend to you guys. It includes these rad secret concrete slides, a bridge to a park full of drunk hipsters, fantastic ice cream, damn delicious Mexican food, beer, thrift stores and Paxton Gate. See you in LA, but come up to SF one day too.

c said...

This is better than any ring. So excited for everything that's to come...