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Louisville woman making historic jewelry pieces for Derby hats

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---It's almost time for the Kentucky Derby, and one Louisville woman is making something historic for men and women to wear.

It all started with letters from World War II.

We first introduced you to Meghan Coomes in 2012.

"It's been really fun. It's been a heck of a ride," says Meghan Coomes.

Meghan was making jewelry inspired by her grandparents...Agnes Coomes and her late husband, Tommy.

"When I found Tommy I fell for him right away," Agnes Coomes told WDRB in 2012.

The "Forever Yours, Agnes" jewelry contains copies of letters between Agnes and Tommy during World War II. They wrote to each other for 3 years, 3 months and 4 days before later getting married.

Now the letters are being used for a new purpose.

"And I decided in conjunction with my jewelry to make some hat accents for all the Oaks and Derby goers this year," says Meghan Coomes.

The glass pieces with the love letters inside come in different shapes and sizes that can be placed on your Derby hat.

She's even turned the letters, into cuff-links for men to wear.

But, the meaning behind them and Meghan's grandparents story is what is so special to her.

As a child, she says her grandmother had Derby parties complete with electronic horse races and nickel bets, which was unforgettable.

"Because that was a great memory of ours growing up as well, is playing those games with her at Derby," says Meghan Coomes.

Now, she's starting new Derby memories.

She says her grandmother couldn't be more excited about the letter, each sealed with a kiss, being used for Derby hats and jewelry.

"It's neat as an adult I can now incorporate grandma in my Derby traditions, so it's really special," says Meghan Coomes.

To see more of the "Forever Yours, Agnes" jewelry with the World War II letters, click here.  

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