well, there was one thread about which would you choose, jewelry or hermes, and another thread about whether people purchase hermes with leaving it as a legacy in mind. i just inherited a simple strand of pearls from my late grandmother. i know nothing about jewelry or pearls, but they are all even in shade and size and look nice (my mom had them checked but didn't tell me a $ value) but clearly their $ would put me a lot closer to my bolide than i am now. so here's my conclusion - i would much rather inherit jewelry than a purse because while i agree that vintage bags have a beautiful patina, i would rather break a bag in myself and know that the patina reflected my use and experiences (and thank goodness other people feel differently and value the patina produced by someone else's use so that these bags can go on to mean something to other generations, etc. just i, personally, prefer to start from scratch - pardon the pun, lol). and jewelry feels new, no matter how long it's been loved by someone else. it's new to you, if you kwim. but...i would really rather have a bolide than this string of pearls. so i would definitely choose hermes over jewelry. i'll keep the pearls, don't get me wrong. these are from my grandmother and they'll go to my dd and i sure hope she likes wearing jewelry more than i do. in the meantime, i was trying to figure out how to play around with them and i figured out that my original idea of wearing them with my hermes scarf won't work because the scarf is too big, but a pochette, a pochette would be just perfect. maybe this summer. so here are some pics of my inheritance/experimentation and do you agree a pochette would work? - pardon the substitute non-h pocket square scarf i used, but that's how i would use an h pochette. what do you think?