Treasure Necklace, Heartful Journey

©2011, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Treasure Necklace

Tell YOUR Story with a Treasure Necklace

The original necklace measured 96 inches. I remember buying it in Houston and only occasionally, looping it two or three times around my neck, wearing it. I owned it, admired it, kept it but never really fully enjoyed it.

So, in 2009, I chose to cut it up. The decision simmered for some time. I gathered treasures from my old jewelry box that might become “something.”

Jane, my friend and beading mentor, offered a running commentary as I started making 1-3/4″ to 2-1/2″ charms. Twenty-seven charms later, I began to string the necklace. Five strands of beads I totally loved.

It was a slow process reviewing those many memories:

  • Grandma Aggie’s ruby engagement and wedding ring
  • My high school ring
  • A charm from “Pot of Gold,” a musical for which I played piano
  • The face of the watch my Dad picked out for me
  • That little Greek coin we found in St. John, U.S.V.I.
  • An aquamarine ring purchased during a 1986 trip to Hong Kong
  • “Who’s Who” 1972-1973 charm
  • My debate pin
  • Dorothy’s silver locket with “editor” affixed
  • Hearts, foil-lined beads, Robin’s special frog bead from Jane and so much more
  • Always, those many ethnic-themed beads from the original necklace woven in

My treasure necklace now lives on my dresser. I see it everyday and love it all over again and again and yet again. When I wear the treasure, those once-lonely beads inspire others.

I understand. Treasure Necklace inspires me too.

My Treasure Necklace started me on a creative journey. And now, “Mary Ellen Beads!”

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go — purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” -Tina Turner