While we’re enjoying lost jewelry stories…
Some years back, a friend of mine lost a piece by Valerie Hector,
which she really loved. Every year, we went to Valerie’s booth at
the Evanston ACE show, but she couldn’t find a piece she liked as
much. She had lost her pin in the parking lot of a local Treasure
Island (grocery) store, she was pretty sure.
Fast forward. I am doing a small show put on by the Evanston Art
Center, where I teach. A young woman stops at my booth, wearing a
Valerie Hector pin on her shabby jean jacket. I started a
conversation, and she told me she had found the pin, and that it had
inspired her so much that she had begun taking jewelry classes, and
was hoping to make it her career. I told her about my friend, and
she said that if my friend could tell her where she had found it,
she would return it.
pin, but my friend would not consider trying to reclaim the young
woman’s inspiration. I later related all this to Valerie, and she
liked the whole story so much, she offered my friend 20% off on the
piece of her choice.
Small world, and you never know what your misfortune may do to help
someone else. --Noel