Television icon Gok Wan reunited a tearful customer with her late mother’s broken necklace as part of his new ITV daytime show, Bling.
Suzie brought a remarkable item to Gok’s pop-up jewellery repair shop on this afternoon’s episode – a pendant with both historical and emotional significance that was in urgent need of a visit to the “Fix” counter.
“This necklace is very special to me, “Suzie revealed. “My mum wore it throughout my childhood so it holds so many fond memories.
“Today I’m hoping the Bling store can repair my necklace so that I can keep part of my mum close to me at all times.”
Suzie had brought in an elegant golden necklace with a four-leaf clover charm.
“So I’ve brought along a necklace that belonged to my mum who passed away in 2015, but the necklace was always really special to her because it was given to her by her father.”
“My mum and all of her family were originally from Czechoslovakia and they came to this country in 1968 when they country was invaded.
“My mum told me about the day that the tanks arrived – my grandfather sold everything they had and turned it into jewellery, so the necklace was bought in Czechoslovakia and in order for him to bring it over safely as they crossed Europe, he sowed the jewellery into his jacket.”
Suzie explained that her mother was 21 when she came to this country and a year later, her grandfather followed.
“She never went back. It was so hard, and I think there are a lot of things my mum never talked about, about her past, because it was too upsetting.
“In fact, it’s only in recent years I’ve been able to learn more about the family history.”
Gok responded: “I guess there’s just so much hope in this piece, isn’t there? Because to sell all of your worldly possessions to move to another country to make a life in fear of your life, this is so symbolic of hope and freedom.”
“I thought it was always lovely that it represented luck,” Suzie replied, “and that it was so special and so unusual.
“Every time I look at it, I think of my mum.”
Suzie explained that she had wanted to wear the necklace to her mother’s funeral but was unable to because the necklace had been worn so much that she was afraid it would break and she would lose the charm. The pendant’s catch had also become faulty over the years.
The item was then passed along to Bling’s self-proclaimed “Mr. Fix It”, David Thomas, to be fully repaired. He then revealed that the necklace bore a minute hallmark and was in fact 14 carat gold.
Much to Suzie’s relief, David then referred to the repair as “totally do-able”, and would cost her a mere £100/120 to fix.
Suzie admitted: “I was a bit nervous about leaving the necklace behind, but I feel confident that it’s in really good hands!”
Later in the show, Suzie was reunited with her beloved necklace.
Before revealing it to her, Gok informed her that her pendant had in fact fallen apart whilst it was getting fixed.
Mr Fix It, David explained: “I was just having a look at it. There was nothing there – it just pulled off. The clover came straight off the ring.”
He then assured a visible terrified Suzie that the idea of losing the charm is something that she would never have to worry about in the future: “It is completely rebuilt.”
Suzie was then asked who she would be thinking about when she would put on the necklace for the very first time, to which she responded: “The first person is my mum because she was everything to me.”
With tears appearing in her eyes, she explained: “She was the last person who wore it and being able to wear that close to me will just be so important to me.”
Gok then lifted a silk sheet to reveal her mother’s beautifully repaired pendant, to which Suzie exclaimed “Oh wow!
“It looks so beautiful. It’s amazing.
“I don’t even know what to say. It just brings everything from my childhood and her past together, and it just makes everything make sense really.”