My daughter was very ill with anemia in 2006 at 10 years old and no one seemed to know what was going on. In January of 2007, right after she had turned 11 she was so weak at school that the nurse called for me to pick her up. I called her doctor and he sent us to Brenner’a Childen’s Hospital near our home. After several days of testing, about a week in hospital and a couple pints of blood the doctors told us that she had a form of cancer called GIST or gastrointestinal stromal tumors, very rare in children. On February 15, 2007 she had 1/2 of her stomach and her duodenum removed. We knew we wanted to celebrate this day much like we would a birthday so I tried a few small gifts but wanted something she could have forever. To celebrate her being cancer free we decided to add a pearl to her necklace each year on Feb. 15. This year marked 12 years cancer free!
I order a new pearl for my daughter's necklace each year as a cancer free anniversary gift. Hopefully this will go on for a very very long time.
written by Angela Hines, Statesville, NC
Although they may look a lot alike and both are white metals, white gold and silver are two different types of metals. Each metal has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Halloween is lurking around the corner, and odds are you will take the kids trick or treating or will be heading to a costume party — or both!
For many of us, Halloween is like Christmas. We cannot wait to go all out, both in our attire and in home decorations. The anticipation is agonizing. For many others, Halloween is a dreaded time, when we are forced to participate and spend money. The planning is agonizing
Whatever category you fall into, we can agree Halloween prep gets expensive fast, especially the costume part. For something you will wear once for entertainment, spending more than $100 is not ideal.
There’s an easy solution: Don’t let money be the dictator on how elaborate and well executed your costume is.
Wearing a costume that is original and/or authentic can be done on a budget and here is how:
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Pearls have been a much-loved symbol of beauty for centuries.
Although there is no universally accepted standardized grading scale, pearls are evaluated based on 7 value factors. The seven factors are size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and matching. Each factor is important by itself, but it’s their relationship to each other that determines a pearl’s value. Of the seven value factors, luster is considered the most significant because it is what gives a pearl its unique beauty.
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Once upon a time, Pierre Cartier had a pearl necklace. It took him years to assemble all the big beautiful Oriental Natural pearls. This was long before the time of cultured pearls. Daisy Plant wanted the necklace. Although, her husband was very rich, she couldn’t afford to spend $1.5 million, which is what Mr. Cartier wanted.