Three years ago today, my mom had a bone marrow transplant. Because of that transplant, she is still around to be my mom (and my most faithful blog reader). I just want a second to say thank you to her donor – whoever you are, you saved her life, and I’m grateful.
While my mom was sick, I did some work with a wonderful organization called DKMS. DKMS provides free registration and testing for bone marrow donors, organizes bone marrow donor drives, provides information, and provides support to patients who need bone marrow transplants.
Please take a minute to consider if you might be willing to sign up as a bone marrow donor. The test is easy and painless. If you are a match, the procedures are safe and you have the chance to save someone’s life.
Even if you don’t want to be a bone marrow donor (or can’t for medical reasons, like me) you can sign up to donate your time or contribute money in support of DKMS. It only takes $65 to cover the costs for one new donor. Knowing you could save someone’s life – that’s even better than buying jewelry, isn’t it? And that’s not a thing I say often.
My mom loves birds and bright colors – today’s piece is in her honor. I think this brooch is one of the loveliest pieces of jewelery I’ve ever found on the internet. The craftsmanship is superb and the colors are stunning.
Circa 1935, this Art Deco brooch is set with diamonds and “tutti-frutti gems” (calibre sapphires, diamonds, and rubies). It’s shaped like two parrots playing on a diamond-set branch. The birds are gem-set with diamond details.
The best part – each parrot detaches and can be worn separately. You could relocate them every few minutes and be a living parrot puppet show. The possibilities are endless.
This brooch is currently for sale at S.J. Philips. All images and info are thanks to S.J. Philips.
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