Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 9:07 am by LaLonde Jewelers
This is the end of another year, for some it is sad and for others it is a new beginning. It might be a time to flush out the old and start fresh. From my line of work there are things that I have noticed about a new year.
In the northern hemisphere the nights are longer, and we have shorter hours of sunlight. It is colder outside, and we stay indoors more. It can be depressing.
For years I have been doing appraisals for various trust companies from people who had passed away. January and February were always my busiest months and I wondered why, and one day it dawned on me. Most of these people were older and would go thru the year possibly looking forward to the holiday season.
As soon as it is over, all their children have gone back to various places where they live in the country and mom or grandma are once again left alone. The short days, long nights, and cold outside, some lose the will to wait another year and decided not to hang on anymore. It is difficult for everyone involved.
This leads me to the story of a gentleman who came into my business and asked me to look at some pieces of jewelry that had belonged to his wife. He explained that she had passed five years earlier and he had finally put his strength together to do something with them. Now this man was around 90 years old and It had taken him five years to finally address this situation. He realized he was not getting any younger and he had to do something. I gave him a price and he took the note I had written, put it in the box, said “thanks” and left.
One year later he came walking into my business and asked if I remembered him. I thought so but was not sure and then he pulled out the little box with the five pieces of jewelry.
He was the guy, the one who it took five years to start the process and another year to finally settle on his parting with his beloved wife’s jewelry.
I realized then that these items were the most precious remembrance of her, the things she wore every day, the pieces he may have bought for her when on a trip to Paris. These items were a big part of his life.
So, I learned over the years was to not just look at these pieces as items that are just trading hands. Treat them more like they were part of someone’s life, and someone had a lot of pleasure with them. Show happiness that you will now be the one to own them.
Happy New Year 2021
Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
The Gem Expert