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?
The ring was something my grandmother purchased in the seventies. She gave it to my mother as a gift in the nineties, and I remember loving it and admiring it so much when I was in high school. My mother finally gifted it to me, with my grandmother's permission, around 2002 after she misplaced it and then found it. I was so happy to have it.
How do you live with it?
It really is a treasure to me. As a lover of style and a granddaughter who is obsessed with her grandmother, the ring has sentimental value and makes a style statement. I wear it every chance I get, with both the most casual and formal looks. I also wear it as a pendant on a necklace. When I do wear it, it's usually the last piece of jewelry I take off so it often rests on my nightstand rather than in one of my jewelry boxes.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
My grandmother, Mary, by far has influenced my style the most. Second to her, I'd say Diana Ross.
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