The grief of a lost earring pushes some women to desperate measures

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“Why only favorite earrings get lost is a mystery to me,” said Noriko Bell neighborhood.

I wonder: is it because favorite earrings are worn more often, thereby endangering them, destined to dangle dangerously from the earlobes like a climber clinging to a mountain rock? Or maybe all the earrings are lost equally but only the favorites are mourned.

In today’s column, we go from socks to feet to jewelry to ears, with stories of lost earrings. Thirteen years ago, Noriko lost a smoky quartz earring. She can’t bring herself to throw the survivor away.

“Once in a while I look at the remaining earring and put it back in the jewelry box,” she wrote. “There’s no sentimental value, or any other value, I just can’t get rid of it.”

But maybe there is hope. Noriko once crawled in vain across the floor of a Metrobus looking for an earring – sterling with a purple Swarovski crystal – she was sure had fallen there.

“Loved this earring, contemporary style,” she wrote. She therefore kept her companion. Seven years later, Noriko had her car repaired and the lost earring was found. “I now happily wear the restored pair,” she wrote.

I bet Merrill Kaegi would have liked to be as patient as Noriko. Years ago, Merrill’s daughter returned from Brazil with a gift: a pair of black pearl earrings. “I’ve worn them many times and one day couldn’t find one,” wrote Merrill, who splits her time between Sarasota, Fla., and Lewes, Del.

And so the earring went with other weird jewelry in a plastic bag and was given to Goodwill.

“Several years later, when the bookcase that the jewelry box rested on was moved, of course there was the other earring,” Merrill wrote. “I was sad.”

The neighborhood one Gretchen Willson prefer a style of earring which I believe is called the scalloped hoop. Gretchen has a whole assortment of gold earrings in this shrimp-shaped design. When she loses one, she can carry another, though it differs slightly in form from her temporary companion.

“We really couldn’t tell the difference,” Gretchen wrote.

Virginia Kopelman from Miami Beach said she felt terrible every time she lost an earring. (His had a tendency to fall into hotel sinks.)

“Then I had an epiphany,” she wrote. “Earrings don’t have to match! Now I wear unmatched earrings most of the time and have saved singles from my daughters, who didn’t take the plunge.

Virginia is on the trend as jewelry bloggers and media outlets including the Today program and the Times of India have touted the fashion practice.

Sometimes it’s not the monetary value of an earring that makes us mourn its passing. It is the sentimental value that can make us go very far. Years ago, Cara Liebenson Stringer from Columbia, Maryland, bought a very inexpensive pair of earrings – “less than $2,” she wrote. They were square, cut out with tiny maps and travel scenes. After returning home from visiting her mother, Cara realized that she had lost one.

“The last time I remember wearing them I stopped at a local grocery store,” she wrote. “I called the store in the faint hope that someone would find the earring. Lo and behold, it had been found! I asked them to hold it until I could pick it up over the weekend. end.

And then fate intervened: Washington was hit by one of those huge snowstorms that we seem to get from time to time. Cara called the store again and begged them to keep holding the earring. When she was finally able to return to the store, she found that the earring had been placed in a small paper bag on which was written in large red letters, “Please see the manager.”

Cara wrote, “Apparently the manager wanted to meet the crazy girl who kept asking about the earring. ‘Do you have his mate?’ He asked. Why yes… and I showed it to him. The young woman at the counter said, “You know, you really need to invest in some earring clasps.” ”

Somewhere, all those lost earrings, socks, gloves, and shoes are partying together, entertained by the music of countless roaming AirPods.

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