It was late December, 1943—New Year's Eve, to be exact—&, Agnes Stevens was writing letter #251 to her beloved, Thomas Coomes, who was a soldier during WWII. Like many young lovers in the forties, a war separated them for what eventually became a historic juncture of time. The couple wrote each other daily for three years, three months & four days until Thomas returned home safely, & the two were married. Many decades later, while Thomas had since passed, Agnes would occasionally read the letters from long ago, revisiting the love they etched into history. Their love story continues to inspire as their granddaughter, Meghan Coomes, is immortalizing those words in the form of a jewelry line, “Forever Yours, Agnes”—wearable art that is a testament to enduring devotion & American history. Each piece contains a word or excerpt from a copied letter along with unique stones & glass. One-of-a-kind, each not only represents her grandparents' story, but that of a generation of lovers who were separated during a war that forever changed our world.
The Style & Design
Each piece is one-of-a-kind based on the oddities of the glass fragments and stones as well as the snippet of letter used. The jewelry—& cuff links— can be statement pieces, boasting colorful arrangements of glass & beads or exude a simple, classic look. Each piece features copied parts of a love letter. Rings & bracelets are wrapped in wire, completing the look. Necklaces can be wrapped, too. Custom pieces can also be made using your personal handwritten items.
Each item is thoughtfully and meticulously made using a copied snippet of a love letter that’s showcased in clear glass. It’s then placed alongside glass fragments, beads, & stones—or left alone, depending on the design preference. Pieces can be as funky or as subdued as you like. Custom items are also welcome using your handwritten items. Whether it’s an old recipe, scribbled note from a child, or a love letter, anything on paper can be turned into jewelry. In doing so, such items aren’t collecting dust in boxes, but are instead transformed into wearable memories.