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Monday, January 14, 2013

The 1950's Breakup Letter From John to Maggie

Here is a modified version of my favorite post from my other blog about collecting vintage jewelry.  Hope you enjoy!

Have you ever wondered what event or special occasion inspired the original owner of vintage jewelry to purchase it?

I hadn't really given it much thought until I acquired this B. David set still in its original box and in mint, unworn condition. You have to wonder why a set this pretty wasn't worn very much, if at all. It wasn't until I examined the box itself that I found out why.

Carefully folded and tucked under the box liner was a handwritten letter on hotel stationary, a small envelope containing a greeting card that would have accompanied a bouquet of flowers and a large tag from the florist shop with the name and address of the recipient. 

The stationary was from a hotel in a small town in Georgia and was written by a married man to his mistress. It starts out "Dear Darling" and he begins by apologizing for hurting her stating that his love for his children is the reason he can never leave his wife. He tells her how he was jealous of another man she was seeing and reaffirms his love telling her he wishes he could make her his wife. He writes that someone once told him he would get hurt one day by losing someone he loved dearly and that this was that day. Of course he ends it with the standard "I'll always be around if you ever need me" line and then signs it "Loving you always".

Accompanying this letter would have been a bouquet of flowers with an old-fashioned cardboard insert with three deep red roses "Love John" and this B. David rhinestone jewelry set. Personally, I thought the letter sounded a lot like something out of the movies from the 40's or 50's, the last scene in Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman comes to mind.

So there you have it, the reason why this pretty set is in mint, UNWORN condition.  Because I purchased this set online, I have no information about "Maggie" or what happened to her after "John" ended their affair.

In my version, "Maggie" meets a tall, dark, handsome and SINGLE man who sweeps her off her feet.  They travel the world together and he showers her with precious jewels and magnificent Sherman jewelry.

She lives a wonderful and exciting life and doesn't give "John" a second thought until 45 years later when she finds this box of B. David jewelry tucked away up high in the back of her walk-in closet. She chuckles to herself when she sees it relieved to have made such a lucky escape.  She carelessly tosses it over her shoulder and in to the pile of her discarded designer clothing. From there it makes its way to a charity auction where it was purchased and then sold online to me. 

Here's looking at you, "Maggie"!!!!

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