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A Possession Obsession | Kayce Freed Jennings

 
Inspired by the deeper meaning attached to treasured possessions, jewelry designer and portrait photographer Monica Rich Kosann set out to chronicle the stories of such cherished belongings. Spending time with more than sixty-five intriguing personalities, celebrities, and thought leaders resulted in A Possession Obsession: What We Cherish and Why, a stunning photographic collection that transcends materialism and explores the secrets and stories behind beloved personal items.
This reoccurring column is an ongoing passion of Monica's to continue to chronicle people with what they cherish. Each month, a new person will be featured as a glimpse into A Possession Obsession.
 

KAYCE FREED JENNINGS


How did you come to own your possession?
The pearls belonged to my grandmother. She didn't have much money or many things, but she had impeccable taste, so those few things she had--several French antiques, two cashmere sweathers, her pearls--were just perfect. She was also frugal. So, instead of the usual two earrings, she had three. That way, if she lost one, she's still have a matching pair. When I wear the earrings, I feel very connected to my grandmother and her values, which were as impeccable as her taste.

How do you live with your heirloom?
The earrings are in a box with my other pearls: beautiful earrings from my sister and a necklace that my husband bought in Hong Kong when he was there reporting on the handover from Britain to China. I love them all, and they are all meaningful, but my grandmother's earrings mean the most.

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
I'm not sure I have as much personal style as I'd like. Well, I am sure, actually, that I don't. Both my grandmother and my mother had terrific style, though my grandmother was more conservative and traditional. She believed in the perfection of the French antique and perhaps, she didn't feel she could afford to make mistakes. My mother is more creative, takes more risks. She believes in mixing styles, especially when it comes to interior design. She's always had great confidence in her own taste. As a child, I remember that she used to push my sister and me to be more daring--to shorten our skirts further. No matter how short, they were always too long for her! To wear more leather--or fake leather, anyway. To wear bolder and funkier jewelry. I'm still much more conservative in style than I, and my mother, would like me to be.

To read more about Kayce Freed Jennings and her possession obsession click here!