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Tell us the story of a piece of jewelry you own. Where did it come from, and what does it mean to you?
I have 4 pairs of earrings that were given to me by an old man that looks like Santa Claus, who is so sweet to me. I see him every couple of months or so at bead shows and whenever he goes and he knows I’ll be there, he always brings me a pair of earrings that he and/or his wife handmade. Just to be nice. I don’t even really know the name of this man (shame on me!) but he’s always pleasant with me.
He reminds me a little bit of myself, in that he’s very thoughtful and giving, and he hardly even knows me. I tend to do the same thing with people. I like making or buying things for people, whether it be cooking meals, baking breads and cakes, buying tiny things that remind me of those certain people or just things that they needed or mentioned before.
What do the earrings mean to me? Well, whenever I wear them I always think about how total strangers can do nice things for you, that there are people like that that exist. The earrings make me feel appreciated and it’s just a wonderful feeling to know that someone cared enough to take some time out of their schedule to specifically think about me and make something for me. Even moreso when I find out he uses sterling silver, pearls, and materials which aren’t cheap to begin with. For example, one pair of earrings he gave me, he was selling it at their store for $70! And he gave it to me for free, nothing in exchange.