The last day I saw my grandmother I captured her fingerprint on a piece of paper. I had no idea that she would pass a few months after that.
My maternal grandmother was not the easiest person to get along with. She was obstinate and stubborn, always thinking her way was right.
However in her last years she mellowed out a lot and because she had Alzheimer's she forgot a lot of the hurt that had been done in her life.
My mom and I went to see my grandmother in the nursing home a few months before she passed. It was the best visit we had with her. She was very forgetful but this made for some funny moments and we all laughed a lot. We played games and took walks outside.
While we were there we stopped by a grocery store and I bought a pencil, a paper pad and some tape. I used these things to capture the fingerprint of my grandmother the last time I saw her.
When my grandmother passed it was near Mother's Day and I decided to use that fingerprint to make my mother a fingerprint necklace.
When my mother opened the box and saw the necklace she gasped in surprise and her eyes teared up.
That was the moment I realized I wanted to help others feel closer to their loved ones and provide comfort.
I have many customers who wear my jewelry as a tribute to a loved one who has passed on. It means the world to me to be a part of keeping a special person's memory alive; as well as celebrating a wedding, an anniversary, or even a new baby.
I cherish connecting with a customer, one on one; it is such an amazing and gratifying experience.
I am so blessed to be able to make such special keepsakes.