It was a few months ago, while I was socializing with my family at a Christmas party, that I spotted a woman wearing what looked to be one of my Power Pieces. Kirsten immediately noticed pointing it out right away and asking if I knew her. I was conflicted and confused as I stood there trying to recall a name, a face… but nothing. Until now, I thought I knew and remembered anyone I had sold that special piece to. But all of the sudden I was drawing a blank. Maybe it was gifted…?
The hostess, a Klas squared client, must have seen the look on my face as she came over and said: “I taught her how to knot it. It belonged to her mother-in-law, Peg. Let me introduce you.” My heart jumped into my throat as the name hit me with force. This fiery, passionate and brave woman had battled cancer not once, but twice, and it had been a devastating loss to anyone who knew her when she recently passed away.
As I approached this young woman, my shock still intact, all I could do was muster up a few words: “I am so sorry for your loss. Peg was such a warm and wonderful woman…” After she introduced herself as Peg’s daughter-in-law, we spent the next while sharing stories back and forth about this incredible woman. I told her that Peg had been a client turned friend when we first met 10 years ago; shortly after I had just started designing jewelry. I could still remember her first purchase: a Swarovski crystal cube necklace with matching drop earrings in diamond shadow, a custom design for her son’s wedding… her wedding. She smiled as I went on to tell her how supportive Peg had been which was evident not only in her Klas squared jewelry collection, but in her words and actions.
She went on to tell me that she was wearing Peg’s jewelry to feel close to her, to feel connected to this courageous woman who’d had such an impact on her life. I explained how the Power Piece had come to be; that it represented self confidence, inner strength and leadership: powerful qualities that had now been passed on to her. The last time I saw Peg was at a Wellspring cancer support group gathering when I attended to present a Power Piece to a woman for her years of hard work and support. True to her spirit, Peg piped up after the presentation: “I have a Power Piece in dark grey as well as many beautiful pieces by Lori! Everyone should have one her fabulous designs!”
Over the years I have had customers share stories with me about how their jewelry has brought them style, joy, and power. But never have I witnessed a story like this one; one that affirmed not only the Klas squared jewelry brand but also my purpose as a jewelry designer and woman. The delicate nature of jewelry can extend beyond its tangible quality to reveal a powerful and personal connection. And this story demonstrates just how powerful a connection between two women can be regardless of their relationship. Everyday I am thankful for Klas squared giving me the opportunity to connect with so many outstanding women while giving me an even more special gift: the ability to share it with my daughter.
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