Story Three: First of all I’d like to thank all the women of Jewelia for being the inspiration behind the wonderful contest that was sponsored by the Hershey Company. If it wasn’t for you, there never would have been a contest. Next, I’d like to thank my dear friend Tina who encouraged me to enter the contest. If she had not pushed me, I never would have entered and thus never experienced the incredible magic of our Christmas miracle! Looking back over our experience, the magic is still so evident. This first Christmas without my dad would have been filled with the sadness of our loss. But, because of the necklace, which we all truly felt was a gift from heaven from my dad, the holidays were laced with excitement and magic. We still missed my dad very much, but when my mom wore and shared the necklace, we felt that our dad right there with us.

The experience was amazing and it touched so many people. I never could have imagined the extent to which this necklace impacted the lives of so many. However, it really wasn’t about the necklace, but what the necklace represented to everyone who wore it. It was magical! It seemed to carry the energy and love of each person who had worn it before. My friend Sherri wore the necklace just after Christmas for about 15 minutes. I just saw her on Super Bowl Sunday and she was still talking about the magic she felt when she put the necklace on. She said she is still telling everyone about it and how magical it was.

It was interesting because, although my mom was excited to be the fifth and final winner, she still felt a bit reluctant as she was not sure what having the necklace would entail. I told her that it could be as big of or as little of a deal as she wanted. As it turned out she had a perfect time with it! Everything was really just perfect! The first week was great because she wore it for a bit and had even more fun sharing it with friends, family and new acquaintances. She said that she actually received more joy in seeing others wear it rather than wearing it herself. During the second week, the highlight was having the opportunity to meet all the women of Jewelia and to share necklaces with them. She has followed the story of Jewelia since its inception and was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to share her necklace with all the women and vice versa.

The timing of this gift could not have been better if we had planned it. It was really just a coincidence that I entered the contest during the last half. I had managed my time poorly and was unable to submit anything before that time. That is why it seems so evident that it was not really something that we were responsible for, but rather something that was meant to be - a gift from God; from heaven; from my dad. The experience was truly miraculous in the smiles, hope and love that came to our family, friends and loved ones. Thank you!

Cathy

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I just finished reading The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis, and it has transported me into the realm of what's possible for all people who join together in partnership and community. A story about thirteen women who agree to share the ownership of a diamond necklace, this is a true tale about love, laughter, tears, honoring, and the commitment to be of service. Held and supported by their sacred sisterhood, the participants were able to let go of limiting notions from the past that kept them small and "less than," and were able to create amazing lives for themselves, their loved ones, and all those whom they touched. The Necklace is more than a story about a piece of jewelry. It's a story about how an object of beauty can inspire and bring forth that beauty that resides inside each and every one of us.

Paul Dennison, author of Brain Gym and Me
February 18, 2009