If jewelry truly speaks, no one speaks about jewelry with more passion, verve, and authority than our friend Danielle Miele. The proprietrix of Gem Gossip, the reference jewelry blog, Danielle is an OG influencer with the gemological chops to match her innate sense of style. Collector and curator, author and appraiser, mom and model, Danielle does it all.
We couldn’t imagine anyone better to kick off our series exploring the stories jewelry tells.
Describe the piece: Two wedding bands, passed down to me by my grandparents. They are both 18k yellow gold and have a beautiful inscription on the inside, which reads “Giampiera Mattia 21-10-56” …my grandparents’ names and their wedding date.
Where did it come from?: My grandparents — they were passed down to me. The bands are from Italy, which is where they got married.
What was happening in your life when you got the piece: My grandparents were both still alive and visiting me and my family down in Tennessee from NY. They were both excited about my job in the jewelry business and my grandma brought a bunch of old jewelry for me to look at to “appraise.” She let me keep both of the bands. Later that year, my grandfather passed away.
I love staring at them and knowing that these were the rings they wore every day for over 50 years of marriage. They make me proud.
What does it remind you of? They remind me of my grandparent’s love and strong bond. I ended up wearing the bands on my wedding day, which also was October 21st to commemorate them. My grandma attended my wedding, which consisted of 18 people, including myself and my husband Matt. A photo of my grandparents on their wedding day was the first thing one would see when the showed up at the wedding ceremony. It was a magical day.
What days are the days you choose to wear the piece: I wore both bands stacked on my wedding day. (photo) I sometimes wear them together on a long gold box chain when I need extra strength or if it is a significant day. They are usually neatly tucked away in my jewelry box.
How does it make you feel?: They are comforting — I love staring at them and knowing that these were the rings they wore every day for over 50 years of marriage. They make me proud.