I create wearable art and the process itself brings me enormous joy.
Even better is when my pieces resonate with others, whether they are friends or strangers.
It feels magical. I feel that the heavens have opened and poured out a special blessing just for me when someone connects with a piece I have created.
If I’m lucky, I see it happen right before
my eyes. Maybe it’s the way colors complement a skin tone or how a piece settles around
a neck or wrist. Sometimes it is just seeing a pair of earrings dangle and reflect the light
in a way I did not expect.
Recently, two customers reminded me why I love making these pieces and why I chose the name Gehazi, which means valley of vision.
Michelle Parikh, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, recently purchased the Gehazi Daring Garnet Bracelet Set and later asked me to create a matching necklace. The red and green garnet colors meant something special to her. She said: “My kids are born in January and August. When I saw it, I knew you made it for me. They are also my sorority colors. Thank you for making the perfect set.”
I didn’t understand how special this was until I saw Michelle in person wearing the set. She was right. It was made for her. It even matched a ring she was wearing. She radiated with those colors.
As this happened, Jill Richter of Grosse Pointe Park, saw our Gehazi Memories Locket Necklace Set online as part of our 2022 Spring/Summer Collection and she ordered it. She said she had put it in her shopping cart three times and finally could not bear the thought of not making the order. She said she feared it she delayed another customer would snatch it up as so frequently happens with our one-of-a-kind pieces. The reason, she said: “I miss my only child while she is now living away at school. Her picture is going inside.”
I thought about both women. It hit me. My hear melted. Tears flowed.
This is why I do it. This is the sway of Gehazi.
This is what keeps me going. I am thankful for the gift to create and grateful for the buyers who allow Gehazi to become part of the fabric of their lives.
Thank you, Michelle and Jill, this inspiration makes it all worthwhile.