On Curio9, we’ll regularly showcase the singular prized possessions of ordinary people, and tell their stories about how this link to the past actually anchors them in the present. Think of it as a standard if-your-house-were-on-fire inventory of your most important personal effects, things so special they surpass a mere spark of joy, whether it’s your great-aunt’s tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s feminist manifesto, A Room of One’s Own, or a 1975 World Series homerun ball cracked from the bat of Carlton Fisk or a humble wooden cooking spoon, darkly patinaed from a century of soup-stirring. So, tell us: What would you take with you?
Jacky Recchiuti’s wedding band is far from the literal gold standard that signifies ‘til-death-do-us-part devotion for the majority of the nation’s dearly beloveds. Beyond the considerable heft of the sterling-silver Serge Thoraval ring, a perfect fit among Recchiutti’s “masculine”-style jewelry (“I’m not really a frilly person,” she says), its most significant attribute is the engraved quote—an entire stanza—from Cyrano de Bergerac. The turn-of-the-century play by dramatist Edmond Rostand, adapted nearly 100 years later for the Steve Martin comedy, Roxanne, is about the afar affections of a heroic French nobleman for a beautiful heiress.
A kiss, how would you define a kiss?
It’s an oath taken very close by,
A so very precise pledge,
A confession finally disclosed,
A pink dot firmly set on the i of loving.
For Recchiuti and her husband of 26 years, Michael, who also wears a Thoraval creation, such a cherishing declaration transcends the mere value of its words—after all, the ring, which replaces a timeworn gold band inset with citrine and rubies, was chosen as a symbol of a hard-won new chapter in their lives together. “We had a little rough patch in our marriage and we separated for a couple of years to figure things out,” Recchiuti explains, citing the inevitable complications that arise when a longtime married couple runs a successful business together (in this case, Recchiuti Confections, based in San Francisco); their deep connection only making it easier to push each other’s buttons. “This ring represents a letting-go of the negative past, our very own fresh start.” A silver circle firmly set on the i of loving.