See below for explanation of title. First the facts: gorgeous 21-1/2 inch necklace consisting of one sterling silver clam shell pendant; two sterling cones; 28 sterling rounds; 14 sterling cubes; one sterling frog clasp; six Swarovski butterflies; many fluorite rounds and teardrops. Now the story:
I hear you asking, "So where is the mermaid?" You can see her only if you use your imagination and believe what I am about to tell you. The mermaid came to me and asked for a necklace, and she was quite specific in what she wanted. The fluorite beads were a no-brainer because they are ethereal-looking. They float like a mermaid and are as transparent as the sea sometimes is.
But here is the surprising part. The mermaid told me she wanted to have reminders of things she had seen on the shore, centuries ago when mermaids could still surface without fear and sun themselves on a rock by the ocean. She was therefore enchanted by the clam shell pendant, the tube beads (which she thought looked like conch shells), and the frog closure, and she said that one of the creatures she loved and missed most was the butterfly.
She was even more delighted when I explained that the pendant is vintage and therefore has a few tiny dings and scratches. She exclaimed, Oh, that just makes it more dear!" Then she asked what I meant by vintage, which she had mistakenly interpreted as quite ancient. When I said, "That means it's at least 25 years old," her tinkling laughter resounded throughout the house. "Oh," she gurgled between giggles, "it's just a baby!"
One final note: in addition to their other qualities, mermaids have excellent taste in jewelry. This necklace cost more to create than you might think. Nevertheless, I have kept the price as low as I could and have not charged you for the number of times I had to redesign the piece until it met her exacting expectations.
Thank you for fantasizing with me today. It's been fun.
P.S. I almost forgot the most important part! The mermaid told me she loved the fact that her necklace would be featured on Ruby Lane, saying, "We call our passageways emerald lanes, and it is incredibly precious that one of your company's slogans is 'Ruby is the new green'!"
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