Diane’s Ladybug Necklace

by Bev Carlson.
(United States)

Diane's Ladybug Necklace by Bev Carlson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

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While making one of a kind pieces is the most fun, I’ve had good luck with fundraiser projects too.

My friend (both of us breast cancer survivors) runs the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Research.

Diane's Ladybug Necklace by Bev Carlson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

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My friend is running again (her 11th) for a another friend of ours who has cancer.

She loves Ladybugs and so we designed a rather simple necklace that sold for $40 with $15 donated to Dana-Farber.

Diane's Ladybug Necklace by Bev Carlson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

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So far we have sold over 170 necklaces.

Diane was so pleased when she heard the number of sales go up and up.

Diane's Ladybug Necklace by Bev Carlson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Diane’s Ladybug necklace

Unfortunately, she recently passed away.

I saw almost all 170 necklaces at the wake and funeral.

She was a loved and amazing lady and felt the support with the purchases of the Ladybug necklace.

Bev Carlson
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Comments

  1. Bev, thank you so much for sharing this inspiring story, and for showing what a difference jewelry can make in the world. A great necklace design. And so moving to see all the necklaces on all the people who cared so much for Diane.

  2. Moving is an understatement, Rena. Now if I could come up with a design, just one, for her husband with the Ladybug. I keep working on it.
    Bev

  3. Julia Zimmerman says:

    Your necklaces and the sentiment that inspired them are beautiful! I am repurposing jewelry for a charity project and would love to do something like this. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Bev, I’m so sorry that your friend has passed away but you did an amazing thing for her and I’m sure she appreciated it. The necklaces are beautiful and although I don’t love bugs I would wear this any day!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  5. Thanks all. I had as Art Show yesterday and featured the necklace as part of the display. Heard more people comment on their love for Diane (they worked with her) plus I sold some more. Added some earrings “Three Sisters” named for her three daughters. I’m finding out that there are many who are three sisters.

  6. Thanks for this lovely update, Bev! Wonderful to hear how your jewelry designs that are inspired by Diane are rippling out far and wide.

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