Two years ago I was visiting my mother and dad
and it was close to my birthday.
My mother went to her bedroom and came out
There is a story behind this beautiful ring.
Call it an heirloom, a gift, a memory,
it is all these wrapped into one.
Whether it is nickel or platinum,
it abounds in love and memory.
Now it has more meaning than ever.
I've worn it twice since it was given
to me. The second time at my mother's
funeral December 3, 2012.
It is beautiful with the detailed filigree and sparkling ruby.
To me, it is a ruby. I see my mother
and her spirit
in this beautiful gift.
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price
is far above rubies."
You can find Proverbs 31 here.
This is the orginal box and envelope that
it came in when my mother recieved it from
My great grandmother, Jenny Mae Ruby,
married Guy Lemon, in the early 1900's,
gave this ring to my grandmother.
Gwendolyn Lemon, who married Earl Conto and later became
parents to my mother, Eileen, in 1931. The ruby ring
was passed down to the oldest daughter in each family.
I'm guessing this ring was given to my great
grandmother in the 1930's.
My daughter, Jennifer will be the next recipient.
Is it a ruby or a crystal?
A gemologist or authorized antique dealer would know for sure.
We should have it appraised and insured if it is a ruby set in platinum.
This wouldn't take away or add to the sentiment.
It truly represents my mother and her qualities.
Some time ago my sister cross stitched a sampler of a virtuous woman
and inserted many of our mother's qualities
and talents throughout her life.
Mom, you are missed and your memory will live in our hearts
Jenny Mae Ruby Lemon
Eileen, my sweet mother. (Early 1990's)
Her smile lives on.
Queen Bee Cottage is linking up with
Memory Lane Monday, hosted by
Donna Liljegrens at Brynwood Needleworks Memory Lane Monday.