Monday, January 16, 2012
Very Special Grandmothers Jewelry
What he wanted created was something that showcased each of the grandchildren's birthstones. I was given creative liberty to do whatever my artisan heart wanted.
I created a necklace and bracelet set. In the bracelet, I used each of the grandchildren's birthstones, separated by spacers into family lineage. So their grandchildren are from 4 different daughters' families and I grouped the grandchildren within their family.
The necklace I created was even more special. I wanted to incorporate all of their children along with the grandchildren. They have 6 daughters, and 1 son which was stillborn. So I also wanted to honor his memory in the necklace.
I created what I'm calling my waterfall style necklace. The round crystals represent each of their daughters. The smaller crystals that I have cascading down represent the children born to each of their mothers. Again keeping the daughter's families linked together.
To represent the son that passed away, I used a different shape and finish crystal, and put it as a link further up on the necklace. Staying close to his mama's heart, this little angel boy will always be with her.
The reaction to receiving such a special, one-of-a-kind gift was priceless I'm told. There were tears, emotions and it created a truly special Christmas. After Christmas I was asked if I can also add the son-in-law's birthstones as well to the necklace. So I'm adding those as well, but don't have photos.
When I finish a custom order, I always want the customer to see it and approve of the design before I ship it. In this case, the husband did not have access to e-mail. So, I took digital photos, uploaded them to Walgreens' website, then sent them to the Walgreens store right by his work. It was great for him to see the jewelry in color so he could approve of the own design. This is the perfect solution for a customer with limited internet or e-mail access!
The best part about this necklace is that as either of their other daughters marry, or more grandchildren are born, I intentionally made it so we could add on. So as the family grows, so to does the Grandmother's Necklace.
I'm truly honored that I was asked to create such a special piece of custom beaded jewelry. It really touched my heart and I know it was a Christmas that this family will forever remember!