Jewels Just For Mom

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As a treat to myself, after the birth of my first daughter, I bought a necklace with her initials. The thought was I would wear the necklace for a decade or so and then give the "heirloom" gift to her on her 13th (maybe 16, we'll see) birthday. When my second arrived I wanted to do the same and the hunt began for a very special necklace.

Heather Moore gave me the perfect place to design a one-of-a-kind treasure for me and #2. Heather gets it. She's been married for 11 years and crafted personal pieces to mark important occasions in her family life.

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All the jewels are handcrafted in her Ohio studio. When my order came in from Lori McLean Jewelers in the West Village (it looks a bit like the sample shown at the top), I was impressed. It was everything I hoped for and more. With the "build a necklace" option, I picked two charms one with my daughter's astrological sign, and another with her name and her birth date. Then I added pearls for an accent. The process was fun and creative and made the necklace imbued with meaning. Some folks go totally wild adding charms to create a fantastic vintage look (see photo right)--there are no rules! To get started, email Heather for a jeweler in you area or use her website to craft your vision online.

I like how Heather puts it "We turn everyday jewelry into treasured timepieces." I couldn't agree more (or is that Moore?).

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