Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Bracelet Story

At first glance, it looks like any other bracelet, a chain of links adorning the wrist.

When my Grandpa died, he was buried with military honors, to include a 21-gun salute.  My Dad's friend BD, who was part of the salute, brought me one of the brass shells from the gun line.  The rest of my cousins also received these blanks, something for each of us to hold on to.  I've held a thousand of these brass rounds before, during my military time, but this one was special.  How could I turn it into something more?

I took my round to a silversmith in Savannah, and he helped me come up with a bracelet incorporating the brass.  The brass rings you see (different thicknesses) are actually the hollow round, in many pieces; I have worn this bracelet regularly since I lost my Grandpa in 2009.

As you may have read, I lost my Grandma last month.  As I looked at my bracelet, which I wore to her funeral, I wanted something that could remind me of her.  I recalled her favorite Bible verse, Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God."

I talked to a jewelry artisan on Etsy that I had worked with before, and we came up with the idea to add a small disc to my bracelet that simply says 'Be still" to represent that verse.  Every time I look at my wrist now, I have something of them both together; the bracelet finally feels complete.

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