We had over 740 entries in our The Marriage Ring and Fragments jewelry giveaway, and prizes aside, thank you for sharing such amazing stories. I think, like Sarah Frantz said, that the jewelry we value absorbs so much good feeling and comes to represent so many good moments that it’s value can’t be quantified, whether it’s heirlooms from generations past or gifts from our children and grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing, and for making this thread such incredibly powerful reading. I had many a mascara problem reading your stories.
And now, without further ado, the winner and a message from Cathy Maxwell:
Congratulations to Tabithaz, the winner of the $1500 gift certificate to Fragments Jewelry is enough to make any woman kick off her stilettos, or sneaks, and start writing—but the stories you all shared came straight from the heart.
Thank you! Your entries were some of the best reading on the web this weekend.
When our winner was selected at random this morning, I couldn’t have been more excited, or relieved! It would have been difficult to choose just one winner. What a wealth of memories you shared. Jewelry is a touchstone, a reminder to ourselves of what is truly important, even priceless in our lives.
But Tabithaz’ story sent me searching for a piece of jewelry I own and haven’t given much thought to. She wrote about her high school class ring. For many of us, that is the first piece of jewelry we buy ourselves. It’s a symbol of community, of leaving childhood, and of taking giant leap out into the world. Thank you, Tabithaz, for reminding me of those teachers, mentors, and friends who helped me on the way to my future. After reading your entry, I’ll never look at a class ring the same way again.
And be certain you let me know what you buy. You lucky, woman. Fragments has some serious bling, and I love shopping vicariously!
Hooray for TabithaZ! Email me at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom and I’ll hook you up with you gleeful winnings. Congratulations!
And for everyone who entered, I have a bit of thank you from Fragments. If you’ve been shopping and can’t stand to not buy that amazing piece of jewelry you saw, they’re offering 10% off from tomorrow (2 March 2010) through midnight 31 March 2010 for everyone. Just use coupon code IDO10.
Thank you again, for entering and for sharing. May you have many wonderful significant moments and sparkly wonderful things to represent them!