I love table setting as a form of expression...Napkin rings were originally used because cloth napkins were not washed daily and you had to know which was yours. Now we have machines to help us clean or disposable napkins so they have sort of phased out. I can be annoyingly romantic about certain things and prefer old traditions over the alternative modern convenience. It’s not every night, but for special meals I bring out the rings with a linen napkin.
One of the napkin rings in the group of three is particularly special. It is the thin one with the name Joan engraved. Joan was Pat’s sister. She passed before I got the chance to meet her. I know how much she meant to my mother-in-law because of the stories she shares, so receiving this gift was very emotional for the both of us.
Pat describes Joan and her personality as smart, funny and quick-witted. These rings make me think about strength. I think about their mother’s love. I also think about family, perspective, and resilience.
Nothing has ever been passed down to me in my family besides photos which could be a reason I like to collect things myself. I love to treasure hunt and I hope something will be worthy of passing to my own daughter. I will say the most special things I own are made by friends, like my engagement ring by Jessica Seaton, a juno ring from Alexa de la Cruz, my Asp & Hand unique glass vessels, and the Dali comb from Une Heures. I can be quite sentimental.
Silver symbolizes prosperity but it is high maintenance and needs polishing. Although it can be beautiful a little tarnished, you do not get to appreciate the beauty longterm without frequently caring for it. I think that can apply to people and our relationships too.