Akoya Pearl Necklace

In Attire

My great grandmother Quinn found an Akoya Pearl in Germany on one of her journeys. She wasn’t originally from Germany but her grandmother which is my great great grandmother, moved from Germany to America when she was a kid. The pearl is shiny, round, white and smooth and connected to a chain because she wanted to make it into a necklace. Quinn found it in the late 1960s in Germany with her younger sister Agnes, and best friend, Inis. She started to travel a lot after my great-grandfather died around 1964. She had decided to make the necklace for herself, then decided to give it to my grandmother. Then my grandmother gave it to my mother because she felt that it should keep getting passed down. And after my mother had it for a couple years she gave it to me, her only daughter. This necklace is very significant to me because the fact it was passed down for many generations makes me think a lot about my roots.  I only wear it on certain occasions and not just as a daily accessory. It relates to my culture as well because I am German and my great-grandmother had found find it there. With it going through two countries and for four generations of women, it is very special.

Place(s): Germany

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Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more