Family Heirlooms

Beth GilmoreCustom Jewelry, Vintage

An experience a few years ago really opened my eyes to how family heirlooms become such an important part of our lives.

I received a child’s rocking chair when my great-grandmother passed away. I remembered it being in Granny’s house forever. The little rocker moved throughout our lives during changes, remodels and our life as a family.

When we downsized a few years ago the little rocker was damaged, and I was heartsick. I remembered a furniture maker, John Whyte in Ocean Beach. I loaded the chair in my car and took it to him to see if he would be able to repair my little treasure.

What a lovely experience he gave me. He listened to my story and assured me he could repair it. It felt good to have my little rocker in such competent, caring hands.

The rocker now lives in our bedroom with my mother’s teddy bear and the basket my Granny carried her lunch to school in. They are some of my most precious possessions.

I realized I wanted us as Gilmore Family Jewelers to give that same level of care and confidence to our clients when they bring us their family jewelry to be repaired, appraised or reimagined into a new family heirloom. We understand the sentiment involved and know that much of the value lies in the history of the piece.

If you have family treasures that are just waiting to begin a new life, please contact us. We would love to help you get started.