In Attire
Amethyst ring
Amethyst ring

I don’t know much about my family's immigration story. My dad’s parents never talked to me about their families history and my mom’s mother was adopted and her father died before I could really remember him. Now, it just isn’t a topic of conversation for me and my parents. Still, what I do know is that my family has always been close. This ring has been kept for generations of women in my family waiting to pass it on. My only living grandparent, my mawmaw, gave this to me when I turned 16. She had got it from her mother when she was younger. It is a bulkier type ring with an amethyst stone. The ring was given to the women of the family who had that birthstone. I was told that it was fairly common. To me, this ring shows that, even though I don’t know much about my passed relatives, I still can find pieces of them within myself. Throughout my life, I’ve learned bits and pieces of my family's history and even though I don’t know it all, I can still find comfort in the fact that I am a descendant of them and, whatever they did in their lifetimes, I can do too (and maybe more).

– Shelbi

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