When my mother died, I inherited her jewelry, most of it costume jewelry. I remember squinting at the rings, trying to determine what might be silver or gold.
I remember my mother getting mail order offers for a free ring, that would be followed by the rest of the matching set – earrings, bracelet, pin, and necklace, that she could buy if she liked the ring. Because it was free (she probably had to pay for shipping), she had several of these rings. I’m not certain she ever wore them.
I was conflicted about some of the gold rings … for so many years she didn’t wear rings, so they weren’t sentimental. My brother and I sold them. I took her engagement ring, which she had reset as a cocktail ring, handed it to my boyfriend and told him to use the diamond for my engagement ring. (Let me clarify that he said he was going to look for a ring.)
Do you have rings that you no longer wear? If they are sentimental and you want to pass them along to relatives, I suggest that you write a note about the ring so to add to its value for the future owner. Would you consider passing along these items now?
Only if this task doesn’t apply to you … use your 15-minutes of decluttering to get rid of five emails (in your inbox or that you archived).
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.