When I was younger there was a wonderful older woman in our congregation named Ruby. I've never met someone as kind and purehearted as she was. You couldn't be around her and not feel loved. For graduation, she gave me a set of costume jewelry- a double row of pearls with earrings. They were a little large for everyday wear, but I used them on stage all the time, including for the talent competition the year I won Miss Auburn.
I hadn't worn them for years and some of the paint was chipping off the beads when I found the strands of pearls recently, but I couldn't even think of getting rid of them, so I decided to re-vamp them. I love the way they look, but I think I might add some color to the necklace with an organza flower pinned to the bow.