I’ve written before about my problems with crippling social anxiety and, although it’s got so much better over the years, I still sometimes get the fear when walking into social situations where I don’t know anyone. In these situationsI find it’s helpful to have a mantra – I like to say the word ‘courage‘ to myself as I enter the room to give me some much-needed mental strength..
So when, Links of London asked me to choose a piece from their very wide range of items that can be engraved, from jewellery, including bracelets and pendants, to tie bars, collar stiffeners and cufflinks, although I was very tempted by the idea of self-gifting myself the compact mirror, and I’ve always loved the idea of engraving a message on the back of a watch for only the wearer to know, I decided on this beautiful gold vermeil necklace and pendant, which had a tiny secret on it, just for me.
On one side I asked for the word ‘Courage‘ to be engraved.
I’ve always liked the idea of engraving personal messages for just the wearer to see – it follows on from the Seventeenth Century idea of poesy rings, where a short message -religious, friendly or amorous – was engraved on the inside of a ring. (The name was derived from the French word “poésie” or poem and, if you are interested, I wrote a long feature for The Wall Street Journal about antique jewellery here.)
Hence ‘courage‘: a little reminder for me to always be brave
Y0u can check out the entire collection of items suitable for engraving at Links of London here.