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Visit Strands of Grace shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/strandsofgrace
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In the spring of 2007 I received a "pay it forward" challenge from my parents inspired by Oprah. The challenge was given to each of the children and grandchildren and consisted of a small amount of money along with a note asking us each to "pay it forward" by investing the money in someone else. Although the money was not enough to truly start a business it sparked an idea...wouldn't it be wonderful if I could begin something that had some longevity and could continue to give beyond the amount given me.

Over those next few months I explored a number of ideas but kept primarily focused on jewelry as it was one of my passions and I had been designing jewelry for about 7 years. I began exploring pearls and knew immed…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 27
  • Joined February 26, 2009

Favorite materials

Well, pearls of course

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strandsofgrace
Handmade freshwater pearl jewelry designs

About

Visit Strands of Grace shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/strandsofgrace
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In the spring of 2007 I received a "pay it forward" challenge from my parents inspired by Oprah. The challenge was given to each of the children and grandchildren and consisted of a small amount of money along with a note asking us each to "pay it forward" by investing the money in someone else. Although the money was not enough to truly start a business it sparked an idea...wouldn't it be wonderful if I could begin something that had some longevity and could continue to give beyond the amount given me.

Over those next few months I explored a number of ideas but kept primarily focused on jewelry as it was one of my passions and I had been designing jewelry for about 7 years. I began exploring pearls and knew immediately that was IT! I was touched by the the story behind the pearl and came to believe that they offer some challenging life lessons. Pearls are a miracle of nature and a perfect example in nature of grace. Having made that decision, the name "Strands of Grace" came easily along with the idea of "pearls of purpose". I would call my pearls "pearls of purpose" because in the spirit of the original challenge given me I would donate 20% of my profit to various charities or situations of need.

All Strands of Grace customers are "pay it forward" partners...whenever you wear your pearls remember that you participated in this partnership AND consider finding your own way to pay it forward. This does not have to involve money...a simple smile or a kind gesture to a stranger are free!

Think, also, about the story of the pearl. The beauty of the pearl starts from the inside and works its way out...where layer by layer a beautiful gem eventually emerges from circumstances intended to harm. As individual women we have unique layers that define us and are a result of our own life circumstances. Unfortunately, our culture has become so hurried and focused on doing/having that it becomes easy to live rather shallow lives. The challenge is to take the time to examine those layers and ask ourselves if we're reflecting the beauty inside us and using it to impact the world around us. If we are successful we can consider ourselves to be...living "pearls of purpose".

Jari Smith
owner/designer
Strands of Grace

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