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.
Mary 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
We were batting 1,000 on her unworn jewelry re-designing. So 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 of Not Wearing This Necklace
“I’d like to wear it if it was just the diamond part.” Mary told me. I asked her about turning it to a horizontal orientation and attaching it on a 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.