Wartime Wednesday: Sweetheart Jewelry
War is a terrible thing, and the young men who went to fight were exposed to unimaginable brutalities. In an effort to keep a grasp on their sanity and a hold on their loved ones at home, they sent letters and keepsakes they either made or purchased. The keepsakes were often jewelry for sisters, mothers, girlfriends, and wives. What started as a small custom during WWI, grew exponentially during WWII.
|Sweetheart Jewelry display|
at the Wright Museum of WWII
The production of sweetheart jewelry ceased after the war, but many pieces can be found in museums and on auction sites. But during the war, it seemed everyone had at least one item.