In Attire
Gold Necklace with red stones
Gold Necklace with red stones

This necklace has been passed down by my family for many generations, from mother to daughter.  For the past few hundred years, it has mainly stayed in the state of Oregon, but nobody knows where it originated from.  I wonder, why would the location of an object passed down from family member to family member not be known?  It seems like an easy thing to keep track of, and an interesting story for future generations.  

Our family doesn't have many artifacts that have been passed down, and I don't know when my first family member immigrated to the United States.  Could it have been that my grandparents or great-grandparents wanted to forget where they came from, and start a completely new life?  Also, it's been many generations since immigrating here (presumably), so our history could have been simply forgotten.

This necklace shows a past time that my grandparents lived in, and it represents a specific style of fashion and jewelry that was worn.  It shows how much has changed, especially in fashion.  It is made from a gold colored metal, patterned with hearts and pink stones, but still looks outdated compared to jewelry now. I think this necklace shows the ambiguity of my family history.  So much is unknown about from where we came from and what brought us here.

Place(s): Oregon

– Jonah

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