Where does the time go?

Time seems to be passing so quickly these days. My last post was in September!  It seems like just yesterday we were at Viola’s first Easter egg hunt. She was surely cute, but just there for token pics with the big bunny.  Last weekend she was a professional egg huntress. She would pick up the eggs, shake them and drop back on the ground if nothing was in them. What a difference a year makes.  As I said, I haven’t posted in a while. I like to think that my lack of blog posts means that I’ve been busy with the other parts of my job like designing jewelry. Recently, we have made some wonderful pieces with equally wonderful stories. This one is super sweet…

In March we made an “I love you” gift for a busy wife and mom.  Our customer, her husband, explained that his wife had spent the past several years unconditionally supporting him through medical school and residency.  Now he was in a position to do something to show her how much he loves and appreciates her always being there.  He wanted something beautiful that would complement her style.  We chose to create a piece using a gorgeous, unusual onion cut amethyst, and, of course, plenty of diamonds. My father must have picked up this stone 10-12 years ago.

My father loved color in jewelry design. Over the years he developed quite a collection of loose gemstones. When I’m looking for inspiration I, too, gravitate toward color ( and his stash).

Speaking of my father, today would have been his 70th birthday. I often wonder WWLD- What Would Larry Do? I probably have a dozen questions a day that I could ask him. Mostly though, I just miss his comforting presence and his “I can do anything” attitude. It wasn’t even really an attitude, rather, just the way he worked. It never occurred to him that he couldn’t do something. He could do anything he set his mind to.

Often, when working on a custom piece, I come up with an idea before I have the “how to” part figured out. Probably not always the best strategy and that’s why I’m so fortunate to have Tom (I call him Tommy,but I think he mostly goes by Tom) Helton as our jeweler. He helps me turn these stories into a wearable piece of jewelry. He’s a pretty good problem solver. My father trained Tommy to be a jeweler when I was a little girl. He’s like family. Before my dad died I don’t think either of us planned on having the roles that we currently hold in this company. We’ve both stepped out of comfort zone more that we would like, but we make it work. Some days it’s easier than others. We make it work though, because that what we were raised/trained to do. That’s the thing about comfort zones…once you step out it’s hard to go back.  We have a pretty serious legacy to live up to and I’m glad that Tommy shares the same commitment to craftsmanship that my father built this business upon.

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