Monday, January 16, 2012

Very Special Grandmothers Jewelry

Over Christmas, I had another custom order that really was near and dear to my heart.  I received a phone call from a husband that really wanted to surprise his wife for Christmas.  This year his family grew by 3 new grandbabies!  Can you imagine 3 new babies in one year?  Oh my babbling smiles....

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!

{Hugs!}
~Dawn

9 comments:

Regina said...

Teary eyes, I can't read the blog posting. How very precious. What a thoughful design. I love what you have made.

TesoriTrovati said...

What a perfect design! I have done mother's necklaces and bracelets like that. I love that you can add on. I did one several years ago that was all pearls with a hammered sterling ring in the middle. I used a real gemstone for the birthstone as the dangle. This past year they added another child and I got to add a different gemstone, in a different shape and style to the necklace. What a precious gift!
Enjoy the day.
Erin

Lisa said...

Dawn, the necklace and bracelet are beautiful and so special! I love sentimental jewelry! And, I too, read through teary eyes! Hope you have a fantastic New Year! Will visit again soon!

Melissa said...

What an awesome design and idea! It's a beautiful creative solution to your customers request. Hat's off to you Dawn! I wish I was a fly on the wall when the gift was opened. I'm sure it was a sight to be seen. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story in your blog!

Abracadebra Designs said...

Hey Dawn, What wonderful gifts you have created. I can only imagine the joy felt by both the givers and recievers. You seem to have a real nack for this type of work, made with care and thoughtuflness.
-Debbie

Saturday Sequins said...

Dawn, what a clever idea! I can understand why it was so well-received.

*Hugs.*

Beadwright said...

You know I love everything you create. This is special though.
Are you all moved in?
Nicole/Beadwright

Azure Islands Designs said...

Aw...girl you out did your self on this one!!!

Stunning...what grandmother or mother for that matter wouldn't love something like this
Cheers

Cindy Cima said...

I love these - especially the bracelet! What a beautiful sentiment!

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