For a love the lasts forever.
Meet Meghan Coomes, a 32-year-old jewelry designer based in Charlotte, NC.
In 2010, Coomes — who used to work in the the TV industry — found herself traveling often for work. To mitigate her homesickness, Coomes wanted a keepsake from her family that she could take with her on the road. “My family and I grew up hearing about my grandparents' torrid love affair,” she told BuzzFeed. “They were long-distance dating during WWII, and they wrote each other daily while apart — three years, three months, and four days.”
That’s when Coomes decided that she wanted a way to immortalize the letters *and* get a wearable keepsake at the same time.
“I asked my grandma if I could use one of their letters to make a bracelet, so that I always had my family with me,” Coomes said. “She loved the idea. I used the back page of an original letter from New Year's Eve in 1943.” Coomes also made a necklace and ring for her grandmother.
Then, Coomes’ jewelry company Forever Yours, Agnes was born.
People loved the idea of jewelry made from real vintage love letters, and they also had the option to have jewelry made from their own personal letters. “My grandpa signed many of his letters: 'With oceans of love and a kiss on every wave.' She signed hers: 'Forever Yours, Agnes,' which inspired my business name,” Coomes said.