November 02, 2015

Our life journey, illuminated by meaning, becomes a pilgrimage : connecting us to our inner self, to each other, and to what is sacred in the world. JL.

‘In sacred travel, every experience is uncanny. No encounter is without meaning.’  Phil Cousineau ‘The Art of Pilgrimage’


'The Time Of Your Life' lyrics by Randy Newman in 'A Bug's Life'
'Isn't it a bit surprising
How one's fortunes ebb and flow
And only to the enterprising
Does the magic fortune cookie go
Believe me
It's the time of your life so live it well.'

What's in your private treasure collection?

Detail from Caravaggio's 'Penitent Magdalene'

As a jeweller I occasionally get offered the pleasure of trawling through peoples treasure boxes with them. They are usually quite a mess (!), tangled chains and earrings, but full of surprises, rich in stories and memories.

It's not often the most expensive pieces that are the most treasured, but the pieces handed down from Granny, a mother's wedding band, the first gift from a lover, a small jewel presented for some special event, a plastic jewel from a cracker banged open on a Christmas day to remember. Little jewels glued together and presented by a loving small child. Private talismans that speak volumes to to their owner.

Everybody’s collections are a self-portrait, and everyone's collection is uniquely special.

(detail from ‘Penitent Magdalene’ by Caravaggio. Thanks to P.Marcelli.)

Jacky Lloyd
Jacky Lloyd