“The Best Mistake”

by Elizabeth Wald.
(Port Chester, NY)

Dizzy in Love, by Elizabeth Wald  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Dizzy in Love

This story may seem rather unusual but then again – I am far from normal – as I am sure Rena can attest to. haha!

At one point I had purchased a lot of COLORFUL Paua Shells that were 45mm in diameter and were cut into large spirals within the pendants.

I bought everything my supplier had left.

The results were astounding with this cut and so was the quality of this Eastern New Zealand shell.

They were such ethereal, iridescent, and unique pendants – that they sold like hot cakes.

I still remain homebound with a disability called Rheumatoid Arthritis.

So it is important for me to make progress in in any way I can, but for me, I needed to develop spiritually, as I felt like I was going nowhere.

So I took up Yoga and love it, because it is so challenging for me I will never get bored with it.

Going back to the broken shell. I just still see a beauty in it, even if it had split in two.

So what did I have to lose by moving forward with this project?

Homebound, in physical pain all day and night I kept looking at that broken shell.

I had no idea what my client would say when she found out.

Would she be heart broken? Would she scream at me even though the shell was most likely already cracked before it was shipped?

I thought and have always thought that the most bizarre and unique jewelry might stand out, even if I make a colossal fool out of myself.

So I filed down the rough edges of the new ‘design’ if you could call it that. HAHA!

I decided to take the plunge and was prepared to have virtual tomatoes thrown at me when I posted a ‘different’ type of necklace on social media.

Everyone wanted that piece!

I was thinking to myself, “is this how abstract artists make a living?”

I hope all of you learn something from this: broken is beautiful in its own way, whether it is a person, a marriage or career.

It always gives us an opportunity to look at things anew, pick up the pieces, and use our inner light to guide us to something new and and beautiful.


Elizabeth Wald
Stones in Harmony
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  • Thanks for sharing this great story, Elizabeth, and for the “broken is beautiful in its own way” message – an opportunity to see things from an altered perspective. I can see why this pendant has resonated with so many people. It’s unique, aesthetically pleasing, and the altered asymmetrical shape gives it character.

  • Pim says:

    This reminds me of wabi-sabi, which I think of as the perfection in imperfection. From Wikipedia: Wabi-sabi is a concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics constituting a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

  • Maureen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story along with this beautiful necklace. It is simple, natural and sparkly all at once. I’m a big fan of asymmetrical pieces, and feel that “unbalanced” often helps to balance my soul. I have found that many of my customers prefer symmetry in their pieces, so I make most that way. However, my heart sings a vibrant tune when I create something that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. I find change energizing more times than not. Keep on keeping on, and good luck living your beautiful life fully with your RA.

  • Marilyn Gray says:

    Love the necklace, but I love your take on the ‘broken’ even better. Great perspective on this thing called life! We are all broken in our own way and just have to look to Jesus to make us into the ‘perfect for Him’ person He wants us to be.

  • Lyone says:

    A spiral inside a broken circle…..that feels like a symbol that many of us can relate to. And your piece is so beautiful. You had such good instincts with this one.

  • I love you ladies. I’ve missed coming on this site ever since my online business got hijacked. Hey, That’s flattery lol that someone would go through such painstaking work to pull off a heist like this. My quest to the RenaMeister is this: have you heard of this happening before and what kind wild story this is! I have already been offered an interview for a national story.

    Your comments here are so sweet. I really thank you, Rena, Lyone – that’s because ***I*** am broken haha! Thank you Marilyn Gray! Maureen,… LOL! I love the way you write and express yourself. There is truly a beauty in imperfect. Regarding the energy of a symmetry: you are spiritual and right in line with a beautifully written concept. Please do show me a design of yours on this site!

    Once again, Rena – you are always there for me. You are a TRUE INSPIRATION and no matter what a nightmare this experience is, I believe in the powerful and positive forces of the universe. Speaking of which, I embarrassingly did not know this: what is the VERY first form of energy on earth? Ladies do not look at my answer below. Guess first. Then tell me what your guesses were.

    Answer: crystals!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pim – The Japanese mend broken vases with gold. Thus, the vase becomes exquisite looking and has a history and story to it that makes imperfection the most perfect thing on Earth. Thank you everyone for your comments. This is the REAL Elizabeth by the way! I hope to get an email and RenaMeister knows it’s me. We go WAY back…. Hugs.

    The fake pirated website is http://www.stonesinharmony.com/cart? Pretty sneaky! The real website is under construction. This WILL lead to a positive outcome and I will keep all of you hanging…………. 🙂 The perpetrator is subscribed to this site I believe and I pray for her as her life will never be happy unless she creates what God or for those who do not have a God – a higher power – was meant for her to do. She is walking my path but she is not me. You can steal EVERYTHING from me, but not my talent!

  • Elizabeth, I’m so sorry to hear about the hijacking of your business. Your jewelry and website have always been beautiful and inspiring, and you have devoted followers of you and your art. You are right that no one can take away your talent and artistry – they are intrinsic to you. We’ll be focusing on a positive resolution for you!

  • Rena,

    That means so much to me. Your support is and has always been undeniably comforting. I appreciate you. When you work on something as – you well know – years if blood, sweat and tears – 6,000 photos that came from YOUR heart and soul, suddenly there is like a coup d’etat that hits you from all ends and you just sit there in shock. . It is a very disturbing thing but it makes you appreciate what you have so much more. You love the fact that tomorrow, you can make these really popular girls pieces and start anew. This time, I’ll be danged is anyone is taking my baby away.

    My best lesson to anyone reading this who deals with this type of person, either as a client or client friendship ONLINE, be careful and get rid of that person before they di== – I’m sure you’ve all had that frustration of having to be kind all the time. Take it one step further, and secure ALL of your online accounts if you sell on the internet.

    If your website and people like your designs, it’s worth it to pay for experts to monitor your systems and keep them free from malware and vulnerable spots. Take care of your domains because someone could steal it in a one day window!


  • Rena, I can’t thank you enough for your kind words of support. I’m sorry in replying so late as I did not have access to my email and thus missed this. I have a brand new website and have secured all of my accounts. That is a step in the right direction, even though I’m starting over from scratch. Thank you and again, I appreciably you greatly. xo Elizabeth

  • Thank you, Lyone! I appreciate that!

  • Thank you so much, Marilyn Gray!

  • Such lovely comments, Maureen! I appreciate every word in this response!!!
    xo Elizabeth

  • Pim, and too do the Japanese consider a broken vase beautiful as it is usually filled with gold! You’re spot on! Thank you!

  • As always “Renameister” your words are so meaningful to me. Thank you for being you!

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