Creating a Symbol that Represents a Career
of Giving Love and Shelter
When approached by a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County about creating a special gift for outgoing director Mary Harris, I knew just the gemstone to build around. Years ago I had discovered that Mary, one of my fellow Rotary buddies, had a fondness for bi-color tourmaline.
I remembered that I still had a beautiful specimen that I had purchased from a Brazilian gem dealer. A vision for the design began to develop around the gem as I began to think about all the houses that had been built under Mary's leadership, and as she organized a multitude of diverse organizations, churches, businesses and people to come together to provide permanent housing and express an out pouring of love for her community.
The overall shape represents a house and on the side panels there are images of a saw and hammer with a house and heart in the middle. In the background is a texture made of hands that represent all the thousands of hands that Mary organized and put to work over the years. Mary will be greatly missed, however her inspiration and example will continue to benefit our community. If you would like to support Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County Simply click on the button below to support or donate!
A Dad's 'Hip' rings transformed, bringing memories of his love.
(The letter from David, below, to his three sisters explains the project and its meaning far better than I could ever do.)
As Julia, prepped to move, she ran across Daddy's rings from his hip era. Seeing as the rings were too big for her and no one in the family had enough swag to pull off Daddy's sense of style, she offered them to me as a keepsake. Well I have too many keepsakes and live with a woman who believes someday everything that enters our house will be used again, which means I don't have any space either. Despite knowing I could not pull off donning the rings, I tried, and failed.
Now, I had a predicament, wear the rings and be mistaken for Mike Brady or an Arizona drug dealer, or find another use for them. I wanted to use the rings to remember Daddy daily. I took his rings to a jeweler (who's children I put through college) and made a very specific request. I wanted him to use all the materials in the rings to create something special for the 3 of you.
As requested, the silver was melted to create a pendant, the stones were removed, crushed and carefully inlaid in the pendant. Once set the stones were ground to lay flat within the pendant and polished. I had Brent (the jeweler) design the pendant with a "Southwestern" background similar to the original style of many of the rings Daddy wore. I hope you will wear these as proudly as he wore his rings and that they bring you daily, happy memories.
I love you,
The video to the left shows one of David's three sisters reading the letter above before, opening the special gift that he had created for her.