I had always meant to make myself a necklace from that key, but I couldn't make myself take it off that blue ribbon. Then, while creating a mommy bling necklace for a client, a flash of brilliance came. I would make Mom a necklace that would connect all three of us together. It started with the key. I stamped it with "mom", which would mean both my Mom and Grandma. Then, I added our birthstones - a diamond for Grandma, a garnet for Mom and a ruby for me. How wonderful that they all look so good together. Lastly, I added a copper charm stamped with "louise". Grandma Hone's name was Louise. Mom's name is Louise. My middle name is Louise. Connection complete. I still couldn't take that blue ribbon off, so I trimmed it and tied it into a bow.
Mom was a bit teary-eyed when I talked to her on the phone about it today, as was I when I was making it. Jewelry with a story means so much more.
May the Bling be with You!