This beautiful garnet necklace is honestly the reason, why I offer my clients a lifetime guarantee for all my products.
It is nearly 200 years old and has been handed down through 5 generations already.
The other week I went shopping for eggs and potatoes at the little shop of our local farmer. The owner came up to me and asked me, if I could have a look at this beaded necklace that she inherited from her mum, to see if I could recreate it, as the thread looked weak in a couple of places.
She got it from the house there and then, and I was instantly taken by the beauty of it. It wasn’t a complicated beading pattern and it looked at first, as if I could add some thread to it, so I happily accepted the assignment.
The first hurdle was finding the thread in a matching color. This was important, as the irregularity of the beads showed a lot of thread. Once I found the thread, I tried to leave the necklace as is and add the new thread to it. But the holes in the beads were to small, so I had to cut it apart. This was the most scary moment ever. What if I couldn’t do it? I would have destroyed a 200 year old necklace. I had to trust in my skills and just go for it.
As you can see it it all worked out in the end. It looks like nothing had been done to it, which is how it should be. When I got it back to my client she had tears in her eyes. It was such an emotional moment for me as well.
This necklace gave me the confidence to offer my beadwork to the world, and I am very grateful that this assignment came my way. May it last another 200 years from now and give joy to many generations of this lovely family.