August 26th, 2010

going native

Treasure, pirates, steampunks and ninjas!

I finally found out what the weird chain thing is, after taking it to a jeweller who found it 'intriguing' but couldn't tell me anything about it. Ph3ar my google-fu.

Here's a picture of the chain:

Turns out it's an Albertina chain. These were named after Queen Victoria's husband and were apparently popular in the mid to late 1800s - so our weird little chain is an antique! O.o

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But it's also quite exciting in that I'm learning a whole lot about a variety of things I would never had learned about otherwise.

I guess this goes into the category of Advice For Those Whose Folks Are Still Alive - number one, treasure them and show them how much you love them as often as you can. Number two, have that conversation even if it's hard, about the things they will leave behind and what of those things should stay in the family. Also, while you're at it, find out your grandmothers' maiden names and who their parents were. Because you never know when you might want to find out more about your family.