Metro- We’ve all been through bad break-ups and let’s be honest, not all of us have a simple ‘conscious uncoupling’.
From old t-shirts to record collections, most of us acquire a lot of s**t from ex-partners.
But possibly the most sentimental item we are left with is the jewellery.
Ethical jewellery designer Anna Loucah, who is best known for her red carpet creations says: ‘The women that have commissioned me for remakes tend to see their decision as an empowering and practical one and I get the impression that they are celebrating the positive rather than reflecting on the negative.’
Or you can simply melt down old tokens of affection, as eccentric jeweller Jessica de Lotz did for one customer, where the process of making something new out of a piece of jewellery meant for her ex-fiancé, was rather ceremoniously described as ‘melting Simon’ (OK, that’s not his real name – we promised we wouldn’t reveal it).
Listen, I have never been engaged or anything like that, but can we just agree that divorce isn't something that should be celebrated? I have no problem with divorce. In fact, the concept of monogamy is becoming more and more antiquated, so if you feel you are better off without your significant other than go ahead and call it quits. There's no shame in that. What there is, or should be, shame in is taking a token of that failed marriage and having it re-crafted for personal use. Divorce is already prevalent enough. The last thing we need women to think is that they can get a new piece of jewelry out of it. Shit, flash the possibility of a shiny new necklace in front of a women's face and she'll leave her husband quicker than he can leave the toilet seat up. We should make people who are divorced feel bad. Not because they did anything wrong, but so that we discourage other couples that clearly aren't right for each other from ruining our weekends. Maybe a couple of unfriendly glances at a women wearing a scarlet letter, in the form of a divorce necklace, can deter others from making us spend $150 a plate just to see a ceremony that ultimately marks the beginning of the end of a relationship.
This is the difference between women and men. Women don't give a fuck where the shiny, valuable things come from as long as they have possession of them. A woman wouldn't even wash the dirt off her blood diamond before she was showing it off to her friends. Probably skip out on the funeral if the inheritance money came in time and it was during the last day of a sale at Macy's. Meanwhile men are throwing away tee shirts and keychains if they received them at a game that their team lost. That's what women SHOULD do. Sure, a diamond ring is much more valuable than a tee shirt, but is it too much to ask to sell that cursed ring and use the money to buy something that shithead ex-husband of yours didn't pick out? Doesn't that make more sense than symbolizing a period of your life that was an abject failure? The only gift you should receive from a broken marriage is a brand new lease on life, not a brand new piece of jewelry that tells other potential suitors "Iwas too crazy for the last man in my life".