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The Starfish Story
adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It matters to that one."

This necklace is a reminder that the little things we do make a difference.

Hand-forged and stamped sterling silver, with Swarovski Crystal starfish. The starfish is also available in light sapphire blue, golden crystal, and lavender.

Delicately suspended from a sterling rolo chain, the sterling tag and the starfish are independent from one another and move separately. On your neck, the starfish partially covers the tag - the words are only for you unless you choose to share. The size of the pendant is about 1.25" x .75".

Please indicate desired length of your necklace in the comments upon checkout. If none is specified, a 16" chain with 2" extender will be sent.

♥ This necklace is a copyrighted Birth Designs original.
♥ Text copyright Loren Eiseley.

♥ All orders are packaged in our custom and professional Birth Designs cocoa-and-turquoise boxes. They include an information card about Birth Designs.

♥ We are happy to include matching gift cards at no extra charge if requested.

♥ Most retail items ship within about THREE WEEKS from order date. Every single piece is sawn, hammered, pierced, filed, oxidized, buffed, and finished by hand - right here. We take great pride in our work, and even though our processes might be a bit slower, they are time-honored with classic proven quality. If you want the best hand-hewn look, you have come to the right place.

♥ *all domestic orders* ship USPS Priority Mail unless requested otherwise. *all international orders* ship regular uninsured airmail unless requested otherwise.


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The Starfish Story Necklace


  • Materials: sterling, silver, starfish, swarovski, crystal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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