I've Got a Secret

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin

Don't we all love a secret? You know, the kind where someone you know leans over and whispers in your ear "I know something you don't."

There are only a few secrets in this world that only two people know..one is the formula for Coca Cola. Seriously...only two executives of the company know the formula. Of course, this isn't the kind of secret that one finds out sitting next to your friend having coffee. I am fascinated by a different kind of secret....One nary a soul knows...

Most of the visitors here know that I sell antique jewelry. I don't really wear jewelry per se, just a wedding band. But when I get a piece in, I often think about the secrets that they hold. Take for instance this Victorian couple in their wedding photo and the wedding bangles below.

It was customary during that era to give your bride something that was significant..not a ring as it is in our time. Wedding bangles were exchanged by couples to show their love. All these pieces have a hidden secret that we will never know. I often imagine them sitting on a bench in a beautiful garden while he proposes his love for her. She accepts and he offers her the bangle as a love token. The whispering, blushing and proper manner synonymous with the time. She tucks it away in a safe place to be admired for years to come. Who knows how often she pulls them out, what she is thinking as she caresses each one and what was happening in their life. Romantic secrets, I know...more so than the formula for Coke!

Like Ben Franklin's quote, I'm not good a keeping a secret, but this kind of secret is one just for my imagination. Would you spill the beans of a good secret?
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i did not know that about coke a cola.
Diane said…
Love the bangles. It would be great to go back in time and watch the presentation of these gifts and what stories they held... :O)
Sarah said…
Oh what a wonderful post hon!! Oh I love the idea of this...romantic secrets..beautiful hon! I am a total romantic at heart!! Hugs, Sarah
I love this post...and no way would I tell a secret, when someone has opened up and told me a secret I keep it that way..its not my place to tell anyone!!!
Alicia: I guess working with vintage jewellery everything you touch holds a secret - a story. Why one's imagination could run wild with everything that crosses your desk!

When I think of the jewellery you handle and what you told us in a previous post about the home you live in - it seems to me that a lot of secrets, mystery and magic surround you. Part of your magnetism!!! :)

I love the pair of bangles and did not know they were given as gifts between lovers . . . or soon to be . . .
Matty said…
I knew that the forumula for Coca Cola was well guarded, but I didn't know that only 2 people knew it. Another tidbit for my memory bank.

I also didn't know about this custom of exchanging things other than a ring at engagement. Another thing I've now learned.

As for secrets....the buck stops here! I never repeat anything that has been entrusted to me. Doing so violates the trust that person has given me. Unless it's a safety/life issue where in doing so I'm potentially preventing a tragedy from happening.
amyg said…
Your jewelry is gorgeous. I love the idea of vintage jewelry -- and all the stories that we will never really know. Fantastic!
LENORENEVERMORE said…
Those are simply gorgeous bangles...I'm intrigued by the previous owners, if they could speak, I'm sure we'll hear some fascinating stories! xo8
briannelee said…
I always love the stories behind antique objects. I think that is 1/2 the reason I am so fascinated by them.

I LOVE the antique wedding bangle I bought from you earlier in the year. I wear it all the time.
beautiful bangles. i agree, if only they could speak, we would know all lthe secrets
Sandra said…
The bangles are beautiful, but I'm intrigued by the photo. She is so pretty and small. And the dress...... so lovely. I can keep a secret.
Vicky said…
The very idea of objects holding secrets is very intriguing. I recently did a post about an unusual tree by the college I attended and often wondered about all that its seen.

But to answer your question, surprisingly no, not anymore. I worked at a psych hospital with adolescents for 5 years after grad school. At first, I felt like I'd burst if I was told one more secret I had to keep. But after awhile, the ability to hold a secret became a sort of badge of honor. And at some point the desire I grew was to not want or need to know.

Now those beautiful wedding bangles, they just might do the trick in igniting my desire to know once again :)
Hello Lindello said…
These bangles are gorgeous!
I love the idea behind them. Reminds me of the cartier bangle with lock and key.
clairedulalune said…
Ohhh, I love coca cola and I love antique anything! I love finding out the history and dream about what could had happened in those times!
Snap said…
Lovely post! Wonderful information about the bangles. I had no idea. I think I'll suggest a bangle for our anniversary! :D :D :D
I love those. I also love the stories and secrets that antique jewelry tells!
its a good thing I don't know many secrets. There is proabably a reason for this though...
otin said…
Remember when they tried to change the formula for coke, and it flopped? I wish that I had some unopened new Coke bottles!
Rose said…
I can keep a secret!

Love the jewelry and I too wonder about the storie behind them. They are just lovely.

Hugs,Rose
drollgirl said…
how beautiful!

and a nice reminder that i need to check out your shop -- i haven't browsed in forever! guess what my next stop is? :)
Kelly Muys Wood said…
secrets. ah. good when good, but bad when bad. you know?

kelly
http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com
Hit 40 said…
Wonderful post!! Your pictures are perfect with it.

I am a terrible secret keeper. And...

I love to find out secrets. Giving me a surprise gift is difficult. If it located in the house, I will hunt it down.
Barbara said…
Alicia, I think I inherited a bangle kind of like this one and wonder if that's what it was once....?? Mind has little jewels and slides together. Maybe I'll take a picture of it sometime and send it to you so you can see. Hmmm...Secrets are so intriguing, especially when you know the keepers are long gone and we'll never know the truth. When it comes down to it, secrets are what romance novels are all about. Uncovering them. Revealing them. So, you see, I'm obsessed with this idea, too! Thanks for your comment on my blog. :p)) I'm so glad you had fun with my loony cat story...
Judy said…
I love the bracelets! I do not think I have ever come across one of those. I do have an antique love token though...
Liss said…
I have similar thought when I enter old building. I often wonder what secrets over time the walls have been privy to.

These are pretty bangles.
leah said…
i think similar thoughts when i go to auctions. this stuff..."this is someones stuff. this is stuff they used, or kept secret and safe and protected because they love it too much"....so many thoughts.
Delwyn said…
Hi Alicia

I often think along those lines when I look at things old...so many stories are silently held within the treasures of jewellery, of stones, of buildings...
thank you


Happy days
I can keep a secret. Although, I typically don't want to KNOW a secret because of the pressure of having to keep it and the temptation to share it (like knowing about my sister's second pregnanacy before anyone else).

Those Victorian Bangles are beautiful! I never knew about this tradition.

You're so observant, and correct! I did not make snickerdoodles this weekend (although I did make a new hummus recipe, roasted root vegetables, a heaping stack of pancakes, and my husband smoked a pork roast on the grill for 8 hours). I was almost in tears on Saturday because it seems I've lost my special snickerdoodle recipe! I'm hopeful that my sister has a copy or that my recipe will turn up tucked away inside a cookbook. When I do find it, I'll have to bake a huge batch and send you some to taste-test :)
I love antique jewelry and you have done a wonderful job of bringing out the mystery of these lovely bangles!

Glad you liked my spider web. :)
Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography
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Renee Khan said…
I am such an open book, I have no secrets.

Love Renee xoxo

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