THE WAY WE WERE
So even if you’re not a fan of Barbra’s (really?!?!?), you must agree that memories are a huge part of loving someone. Sometimes all we have is a snapshot—but now, that cherished photo can become an enduring piece of fine jewelry that lasts as long as the memory itself: the Alef Bet Memory Pendant by Paula’s Jewels.
Perhaps you have grandma’s engraved locket, or her exquisitely thin wedding band. If you do have precious family heirlooms from past generations, all of us at Alef Bet encourage you to unlock the vault and enjoy them today! And suppose that that delicate little ring with the tiny opals and seed pearls doesn’t fit your finger, or quite honestly just isn’t your taste. Fine—pass it down now to someone in the family who will love it and wear it. There’s bound to be a birthday, a Bat Mitzvah or other joyous occasion in your calendar for now. “Now” being the key word!
But here at Alef Bet, we’re creating new jewelry to capture eternal memories. Using the newest technology to preserve a visual image, supplied by you in the form of a photograph, as a Memory Pendant. You’ll enjoy it forever as a piece of original, unique fine jewelry you’ll wear always. We create these keepsakes in 14 karat gold and sterling silver. We use precious metals (versus inexpensive base metals) not only because your memories are precious, but because these metals physically are more capable of capturing fine details when the metal is cast. Gold in particular is highly flexible as a substance, which is why it can be hammered into superfine sheets (aka, “gold leaf”) and drawn into very fine threads, forms of gold which have been treasured since ancient times for jewelry-making.
Capturing the subtle details of a face. The crooked grin that you’ll always remember. The way that unruly strand of hair always fell over his eye. The unmistakable family resemblance, perhaps, in a photograph snapped at a candid, spontaneous moment long ago.
Now it’s yours forever, to wear next to your heart.
What we need to get started: the photo of your loved one, uploaded in digital format or from a scanned photo emailed to us. Please remember that it is helpful for us to have a very sharp, clear, large image, so that we may create a detailed portrait in fine metals. Also—tell us the story that goes with the face. When you send the photo, also feel free to share what you loved about the person. It will help us to hand-craft the image, knowing that your sister Shoshanna was a selfless dog-rescuer in spite of her allergies, or that your mother Miriam played the accordion, and was a blushing wallflower at family parties until the polkas started flowing!
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We love making these pieces for our clients, and you might be surprised at the broad range of requests we receive. Of course our clients ask us to create these pieces for a loved one who has passed away, and this may be the most heartfelt way to wear our jewelry. But we also make photo-engraved pieces to celebrate a new life, with joyful the arrival of a new baby, or to capture the faces of newlyweds the moment they say “I do”—whether it was in 2016, 1960, or even 1916! We create every piece by hand with care, tenderness and respect. Please allow approximately 3 – 4 weeks for us to create your piece. Your Memory Pendant will be sent to your via United States Postal Service.
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