During these uncertain times, one artisanal jeweler has taken to creating a piece that will inspire hope. Jeanette McPherson of Little Wing Jewelry based in Niwot, CO made a necklace from hammered sterling silver in her home studio. The "Circle of Hope" is available on her website for $12.50 with free shipping.
"I created the “Circle of Hope” necklace for those who are feeling isolated and alone because of restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus, especially affecting our at-risk and elderly population, "said McPherson in an interview with the Daily Camera. She spoke of the inspirations regarding the "Circle of Hope," saying "I woke up one morning thinking about our
When asked if proceeds from sales will go to healthcare workers, McPherson said "No, I haven’t set up any way to donate to healthcare workers, but I think that’s a great idea. My intent was to give hope to as many people as I could by offering the “Hope” necklace at the lowest price I could afford, a solid sterling silver circle, which I could make myself in the home."
"Though I have a website, littlewingjewelry.com, it’s new, I just started it this year. I have not generated many sales through the website," said McPherson regarding if her sales have skyrocketed since the launch of "Circle of Hope." "I’ve directed friends to go there through Facebook, but it’s hard to get much business that way. I’ve not been able to reach as many as I’d like. Though my friend bought eight of them and she said her friends were thrilled to receive their “Hope” necklace and they loved it."
"I’ve given quite a few away to friends whom I thought could use a bit of cheering up, said McPherson when asked if she knows who is receiving the piece as a gift. "One of them is a survivor of cancer and has been quite lonely having to isolate herself. It was a little bright spot in her life. My sister gave one to a friend of hers that works in a children’s
When asked if she misses the jewelry community due to social distancing, McPherson added that "For the past 10 years I’ve been the main caregiver to my three grandchildren while my daughter finished up her education and then struggled to find work. She and the grandkids now live with me. I continued to work steadily in my home studio on my line of jewelry and last November I was chosen to participate in a juried show in Estes Park, the first show I had done in many years. It was a tremendous success and I thought when spring came I would be out doing more shows and promoting my jewelry business. Unfortunately, that’s not been the case."
When asked by the Daily Camera about what she hopes this newest piece will bring, McPherson said "My wish is that the “Circle of Hope” necklace will bring a little joy to those feeling isolated and alone, a little something to brighten up their day, to let them know someone’s thinking of them and they’re loved. When you can’t give a hug, give hope."
Information originally sourced from the Daily Camera.