Sometimes Working on Something New, Gets You to Look at Something Old
I knew I was going to have fun with Mary from the minute I met her. A therapist, she looks at life with a quiet joy and a sparkle in her eye. I was designing a ring for her with a diamond her husband wanted me to set.
She contributed a lot of ideas for the ring we created, which made it fabulous. Somewhere along the way we got on the subject of jewelry she wasn’t wearing. I re-designed a few pieces while working on her diamond ring with great results.
The Diamond Vagina Necklace
Because we were batting 1,000 on her unworn jewelry re-designing, she pulled out a particular necklace and said, “This is the ‘diamond vagina necklace.'” Milk would have sprayed out my nose at this point had I been drinking. Needless to say I honked most unbecomingly.
“What’s the story of this, uh, diamond vagina necklace?” I asked her. (Have I mentioned how much I dig her?)
“One of my family friends was shopping for an engagement gift for me. Maybe the salesperson really wanted to sell it. Who knows why it was chosen. I didn’t really like it, but wore it a few times. Until a friend said, ‘hmmm, diamond vagina necklace?'”
“I never wore it again.”
Forty Years Later
“I’d like to wear it if it was just the diamond part.” I asked her about turning it horizontally and attaching it was on a really pretty chain. She loved the idea and was excited to proceed.
A Small Change and a Great New Look
When it was completed, I brought it to her and her eyes lit up. We spoke two weeks later and Mary told me, “I want to wear it every day. I love it. I’m getting compliments on it and it’s just great!”
Day made. And I got to write a blog called the “diamond vagina necklace.” Who gets to do that? Thanks Mary. You rock!
Do You Have an Unworn Gift?
Dig deep, you might have buried treasure, a piece of jewelry that could be re-designed. It could possibly become a great story and a better piece of jewelry.