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.
How did you come to own your possession?
I had been going to this chapel for many years--every time we visited Paris with my mother--and she would always purchase medallions for her family and friends. She thought of it as a form of protection because the miracle of the Virgin was near your heart. Even now, every time I visit Paris, I stop by the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Throughout the years, I have collected many of these tokens of protection, and I,
too, pass them along to friends and family. It makes me feel safe and is a reminder of my mother. They are a beautiful color blue, and in the summer I stack several together.
How do you live with your heirloom?
It "lives" in my drawer of faux and real bijouterie that I love to use and mix up.
Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at ___ I can't help but smile.
My two boy. I consider them my greatest accomplishment.
To read more about Nina Garcia and her possession obsession click here!