I have met many super nice people since my late husband passed away. They all have said, “I am so sorry!” I really appreciate all of their help and support. At this moment, I have realized that I am NOT SORRY for myself at all.
In the past 14 months, I have learned how to live alone safely, happily and peacefully. I never could have imagined I could accomplish this. I had a very unpleasant childhood and it affected my adulthood. I was insecure and self-doubting all the time. My late husband was always the one to remind me of how much I have achieved and how amazing I am. But now, I finally realized that I don’t need anyone to give me confidence. I know who I am, I know what my flaws and skills are, and what I really want.
My late husband showed me what the true love was. The grieving journey I took after I lost him has helped me open the door to self-empowerment and self-love.
I have always wanted to do something special with our wedding rings and the jewelry my husband had given me. I want those pieces to remind me the great love my man and I shared, but also the even greater self-love that I need to hold on to. I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into my current life until I visited Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Store at our local Somerset Collection mall. After a tour around the stunning, newly remolded store, I suddenly saw a LOVE necklace. At that moment I knew exactly what I wanted to do with our rings. Yes, I wanted to turn them into a LOVE necklace!!
After I expressed my interests, I was told Tapper’s specializes in custom jewelry, so I made an appointment to meet with the Vice President/lead designer Steven Tapper to explore my possibilities. I took all four rings (our wedding bands and engagement rings) and a necklace that he bought for me many years ago. To be honest with you, I had no clue if turning them into a LOVE necklace was doable, or what the necklace would look like. I was also not sure of how the custom design process works.
Then it was the day of my appointment! I quickly learned that Steven is such a warm gentleman and made me feel very comfortable by telling him about my late husband and what I would like to create. He is a very creative artist. Right after he heard I wanted a LOVE necklace, he took out his tools and started drawing.
Steven asked a lot of great questions to get to know me; to know the true love my late husband and I shared. He said my stories helped him get inspiration for the design. I felt very comfortable opening up to him. We discussed a few styles and layouts then finally decided on one design, which you can see below. It is timeless, and the letters are very flowy, just like love flowing around. You can watch this short video below to see more details about our meeting.
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Right after the appointment, I went on my month-long vacation in Shanghai. When I was back, the necklace was already completed. Again, Steven communicated with me throughout the process and had sent CAD images to me when I was in Shanghai, but I was still not very certain how the necklace would turn out. Then it was the moment of truth. When Steven put this necklace on me, I just couldn’t help smiling at this stunning piece in the mirror! That day, I was quite tired from jet-lag, but this necklace brought me joy! This is the perfect LOVE necklace I imagined! This necklace is not just a pretty piece of jewelry for me, it is a symbol of a great past and amazing future! It is a symbol of my journey from love to self-love!
I am more than pleased with the design, quality and service. My necklace even came with the appraisal certificate! I already recommended Tapper’s to a few friends that they go for their engagement rings and custom work. Tapper’s Jewelry of Michigan is also a part of the worldwide network of authorized Rolex dealers, allowed to sell and maintain Rolex watches at all three locations. They have the only Rolex shop in Michigan at its Troy, Michigan location. If you are thinking of turning some of your old jewelry pieces into something new, Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Store is definitely a great place to go!
Photo credit: Grace Liang/Ruth Chow @sexytoalluring
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