In Attire
Relationship: Child of im/migrant
This is how the jewelry looks.
This is how the jewelry looks.

The necklace and earrings have black jewels with crystals circling them.  My grandma is from Mexico and was not rich but not poor either.  She saved up money to buy the necklace, earrings, and a ring because my aunt and mom decided to live in America when they were older.  The jewelry had been through all their hardships.  They have been passed down to the oldest female at the age of 12.  My grandma and aunt had it before me.  My mom was the youngest so she never got to have the privilege to own it, instead she got the matching ring that can be worn anywhere.  I got the necklace and earrings because my aunt had found out that she wouldn’t be able to have children when I turned 11.  The day I turned 12 my aunt personally gave it to me and said, “...This has a special type of magic that makes you feel superior and can overcome anything.  I want you to chase after your dream with confidence. When you wear them all of your shyness will disappear and you will become a new person, a person that is not in the shadows but where the light shines.  I want you to show the world that even beautiful things can become weapons....”  Now I wear it on special occasions such as Amway conventions, fancy places, visiting family, and when I’m at work.

Place(s): Mexico
Year: 1985

– Yarittza

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant