A few months ago, I met the lovely Barb Jones, one of my sister’s neighbors in Charlotte, NC. Barb and her husband Josh have two sweet children, Will and Leighton. When getting to know Barb, I quickly learned about her oldest daughter Libby, who passed away from leukemia just shy of her fourth birthday.
I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. I am amazed at the bravery of Barb and Josh as they continue to live their lives and raise their family, while dealing with the loss of their dear Libby. Barb is a beautiful writer, and describes this journey on her blog, Cheek to Cheek.
Recently Barb asked me to design a necklace in honor of Libby to help raise money for cancer research. I was touched, and readily agreed!
Barb had the idea of creating a dainty pinwheel necklace. During Libby's illness, Barb and Josh would "pinwheel" friends around town by putting big pink pinwheels in yards. As Libby could not be exposed to other kids or germs, this was one activity she found fun! The pinwheels became a symbol for Libby and a reminder of her sweet spirit. Barb and Josh always have them their yard and as they watch them them twirling in the wind, feel she is near.
I set to work to create three versions of the pinwheel necklace, sterling silver, yellow gold, and rose gold, all with a tiny pink tourmaline in the center. I absolutely love how they turned out, and hope you will too.
I was truly honored to created this necklace as a tribute to Libby. Proceeds of purchases of the Libby Necklace will benefit Team LibStrong/Drew's Crew for 24 Hours of Booty, a fantastic cancer fundraising event in Charlotte that raises money for the Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, LIVESTRONG Foundation, and Keep Pounding Foundation and Queen’s University.
Thanks for reading and for letting me share the Libby Necklace with you! It has been a joy to work with Barb and her family, and to be a part of this project.