What jewelry-related gift(s) did you get for the holidays this
Not what I expected. The expected part, which I got of course, was
the warmth and love of family with whom I celebrated Christmas.
Didn't do much gift exchanges this year beyond stockings and the
The unexpected part was coming home late Christmas nite to find my
Set up by one of the workmen who'd been hired by my neighbor (My
neighbor is OK, and this jerk was recommended by another contractor,
so should have been Ok, but...) to help fix carpenter ant and water
damage to my roof, and who knew I'd be out of town for the two days,
and also knew that due to the repair work, I'd had to temporarily
disable the alarm system. He and one of his buddies got into the
house, went straight to the studio, straight to the safe. Along the
way, took bedding out of one bedroom first, put in front of the
safe, and they tipped it over to get to the back, which they were
able to cut into with a metal cutting grinding disk. The safe is an
almost 900 pound fridge sized high quality gun safe, but not one of
those TL-30 or more rated things (which I simply didn't have the
money for when I bought this one, which was already almost 2K...),
so from the back, they could defeat it. And pretty much empty it.
Mostly, they got almost all the precious metal stock I had, both
scrap waiting for the refiner, new metal, working metal stock, you
name it. Gold, platinum, a little palladium. Also got a good number
of my which are mostly semiprecious things, agates,
garnets, drusy quartz, pearls, other fun but not exceptionally costly
stuff. But they got a good deal of that, and it adds up.
Also a fair quantity of diamond melee, gemstone bead strand, and all
the remaining old pieces I did back in grad school at Tyler in
'86-'88. The last hurts, but the main value is the gold and platinum
and diamonds and some of the better gems. Police have recovered some,
and we know exactly who did it. But that's not the same as recovering
it, and it seems likely that my metals, most of the gems, my artwork.
at least, is long gone by now. Not quite what I expected for
Christmas, and to top off the perfect storm scenario of it all, I'd
been thinking, since loosing my job in September of ramping up my
home studio work to full time, and was going to get a proper
insurance policy beyond homeowners, but that's not in place yet.
Homeowners will cover some. But likely a pretty small amount compared
to the loss. I'm guessing, at least, that with the casualty loss for
taxes, I may not own much of anything this year or for the next few.
So there's that...
Not quite sure where I go from here. But aside from the loss, I can
also say I'm alive and healthy as ever. If I don't go downstairs to
the studio, life seems the same, and oddly, I still feel reasonably
happy. Just a lot less secure, without the financial security of
having the metals and gems resources to work without having to buy a
bunch of stuff first, which was good because I have little in the way
of cash to work with anyway. Now not sure what will happen.
But hey. Tomorrow (or today by the time you read this) is the start
of a new year. With all that's happened in 2014, this has got to be a
much better one.
Happy New Year to all. Including I hope, me...