Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.
– William Morris, English artist, writer, textile designer, and socialist
Almost a year ago, I found Vivian in a shop across from Fat Apple’s Restaurant in El Cerrito:
She was in the display case of the cluttered shop full of antique and vintage jewelry, furniture, home décor, and housewares, vintage-inspired clothing, and oddly enough, a floral shop within the shop. The store was closing its doors for good, and I happened to come at the right time, when the prices of items were being discounted. As I asked to see what looked to be an old, very thin lighter, I was told by the shopkeeper that women immigrating to this country often wore document holders around their neck while on ships and pulled out their paperwork when they arrived on Ellis Island. I loved the backstory, and Vivian immediately came home with me.
For several months after bringing Vivian home with me, I had envisioned wearing the document holder as a necklace. Of course, that meant having it attached to a chain. But I didn’t want to just put it on a chain. At the beginning of the year, I finally took it to Kate Peterson Designs (KPD), and we discussed my vision for Vivian’s transformation. I wanted the chain to complement the sterling silver case, and I wanted to case to hang mid-chest. I wanted stones and since labradorite is one of my favorite minerals, we decided on five of them of different shapes.
I knew I wanted tags, so Kate suggested the word “spirit” to celebrate Vivian’s sense of adventure in coming to a new world, and I later added my name for the second tag to lay claim, so to speak, to the transformed piece of jewelry and to commemorate the two owners. I picked the necklace up last week at Adorn & Flourish (7027 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530, 510.367.8548). Kate nailed it. Thank you, Kate!
So I had to try out my new statement necklace….