I believe a (Modern Day) Southern Belle should have these three relationships in her life:

  1. A trusted preacher
  2. A good financial advisor
  3. A creative jeweler

My late grandmother and great- grandmother, who I try to emulate, had just that. One of their best friends was a woman named Daisy Leigh Lickfold who owned Lickfold Jewelry in my hometown. Together, they dreamed up the most creative ways to repurpose jewelry and make it into new pieces.

This is my great-grandfather Leon Bertram Bays’ sterling silver monogram belt buckle with his initials “LBB.” It has a patent year of 1915 marked on the back.

Every time that I wear it, I feel close to the generations of my family who have gone before me.