I have avoided going thru the boxes that Driftwood gave me 26 days ago because everything about them pisses me off. I get pissed off when I see what items he gave me. I get pissed off when I see what items are missing. I just get pissed off. So like a big baby, I put the boxes in a storage unit and locked the door.
Tonite, I opened a few boxes because I was searching for one particular item: a gold bracelet that my Grandma M had given me in the 70’s. That bracelet has been missing for years and when Driftwood and I were still living together (and fighting), I accused him of selling it or giving it away (because he’s an idiot). When I saw him last month, he said that he had finally spotted it in one of my boxes marked “Bijoux” – meaning that he had gone through all of my stuff before he let me take any of it.
I opened the first box marked “Bijoux” and it was literally full of garbage. I started getting pissed off. An empty ring box (Where is the ring that should be in there?), Avon jewelry that costs $14.99, broken strands of fake pearls, a plastic flower. I unzipped some small cosmetic bags and did find some better jewelry, but not the bracelet.
The next box looked even less promising. It had two feather boas in it and a white garter belt. I think I wore that under my wedding dress in 1995. It’s probably eight sizes too small for me now. Underneath that was a tray of gorgeous vintage jewelry, including rhinestone earrings and sweater brooches. Okay, that was good. Then I saw a ratty, blue velvet pouch that had stains on it. Could that be it? I opened the pouch and… DAMN! There it was! A real Cartier Love Bracelet with the original screwdriver.
I couldn’t believe how lucky I was! If I sell that bracelet for only half of its’ retail value, I can go home to Israel! I’m not ready to go home yet; but it’s such a relief to know I have some assets. Driftwood really is stupid. He took from me worthless trinkets that I wanted (because it made me feel victimized), but handed me the Cartier bracelet. Dumbass.
Then I got pissed at my parents. They never supported me in my efforts to collect my stuff from the house nor from Toronto. They not only failed to encourage me, they outright discouraged me, saying it would be too expensive to get my things, I probably only had junk, I should get over it and let Driftwood have everything. It was the easiest thing for me to drive from Illinois to Canada and get my precious belongings from Israel. It was not so hard to take boxes from Driftwood’s house. I did it. They would have allowed me, no, encouraged me to leave my assets with Driftwood. Why can’t I have parents who support me? It’s a good thing that I am so damn stubborn, because I just recovered $6,600.00 in gold!
In the morning sunlight, I reexamined the gold bracelet. Inside was printed “Charles Revson, Inc.” and “Gold Electroplate”. Uh oh. I did an internet search, discovered that Charles Revson was the billionaire founder of Revlon Cosmetics, and that my bracelet was not solid gold. Waaah.
Vintage 1970 Gold Cartier LOVE Charles Revson Bracelet
In 1968 Cartier fashioned a limited edition of 18k gold bracelets, designed by Aldo Cipullo. These bracelets were to be given as a symbol of love’s commitment as they were fastened to the receiver’s wrist by means of a tiny screwdriver. In 1970 Charles Revson presented, in limited supply, this specially commissioned gold electroplated edition of the Cartier Love Bracelet as designed by Aldo Cipullo. This bracelet is very rare and a highly sought after collectible.
Interior engraving reads “Charles Revson Inc” and “1970 Aldo Cipullo Gold Electroplate”
My bracelet is only selling for $500-700 USD. I guess you don’t give $6,000.00 bracelets to a child. Well, it’s still $500 more than I had yesterday and I did apologize privately to Hashem for accusing my ex-husband of selling my bracelet. Still, it would have been nice to have a get-away pass.
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