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Close to the Heart

So grateful to Debbie for offering to share her story.

"David and I had been married 31 years when he suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed and passed away in July, 2020. He was a healthy person and competitive athlete, and just like that he was gone."

"David’s wedding ring kept staring at me every time I opened my jewelry drawer, so I decided to turn it into a pendant. I gathered the ring, a chain he had given me, and one of the first diamond earrings he bought me (I lost its mate years ago and said I’d do something with the remaining one some day...) and took them to Stacey to design a piece I could wear all the time. I also wanted to add a garnet because it symbolizes love, the heart, and protection." 

"Stacey seemed to read my mind the day I walked into her shop. She looked at me, then at the items laid out on her table and said, “I can tell by looking at you how much love you had for him and how much pain you feel. I will make this beautiful for you, and it will lay right at your heart. I will not remove any of the ring’s scratches or mar its integrity in any way.” I knew right then that she was the right choice. She created entwined tendrils that symbolize David and I as two individuals yet as one. And she was right...the pendant is absolutely beautiful, and I do wear it all the time."

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