Jewelry is very personal. You wear it on your skin. Jewelry is often imbued with meaning. Rings symbolize love and commitment. Heirlooms have family history. Jewelry may bring on sentimental feelings and overwhelming emotion. A piece of jewelry can make the wearer feel happy, powerful, beautiful or just normal. As a jewelry artist, I consider all of this.
A few years ago, two women came into On The Hill Gallery during an event. One of the women -- I'll call her Joan -- admired a pair of earrings I made, but did not buy them. They were a simple construction of lapis nevada stones and sterling silver, priced at $30. Her friend secretly purchased them as a gift, and she was happy to receive them.
A few weeks later, I received an e-mail from Joan. She had lost one of the earrings. She felt terrible that she had lost something her friend had given her. Could I make another?
Now, to make the one earring is not, let's say, a lucrative endeavor. Finding a matching stone and recreating the wire work, packaging it up and going to the post office....the time I would spend would not cover what I could reasonably charge.
I did it anyway. I wanted the PAIR of earrings to remind Joan of the generosity of her friend, rather than a single earring remind her of the loss.