In 2004, I turned 29. I found that birthday to be a good time to look back — even more so than the big 3-0 that was coming next. In order to process my life, I decided to escape, by myself, to London and stay in a “youth” hostel. (I figured perhaps it was the last time I could get away with that.) I had lived in London for a summer 10 years before that and going back seemed like a good reset for my life .
It was a wonderful, liberating trip. I am not sure what it says about me that I love to travel alone — but I do. Anonymous wanderer. I feel most like myself then.
Well, me being me, no trip would be complete without shopping for a piece of jewelry as a memento. Among my first days there (maybe the first day), I found the Argenteus store in Covent Garden and bought this ring:
This ring, made of silver and a tiny diamond, has been a fixture in my life ever since. I just love its suspended, single point of light. I had long since lost track of the jeweler (or should I say jeweller) who made this piece so, in order to write about it, I had to engage in some detective work. The maker’s mark on the inside is JJN. With the help of the oh-so-handy, Wayback machine, I found that several years ago Argenteus sold James Newman‘s line. While I don’t see my ring exactly in his current line, I am almost sure from his style (and initials) that I have rediscovered this wonderful designer.