The Rodriguez sisters searching for the best beads and
Wow, what a record breaking weekend it was! Never before
could we add that many beads to the necklace during one single event. And
these beads produced over 33 new feet of the necklace, which brought it to
more than 1360 feet.
According to internet information, the world record is at
1345 feet, but we'll confirm that with the Guinness®
Now you may ask if the Neverending Necklace
will stop growing, now that the record has been reached.
Well, no way! The world record is only another
milestone, if quite a nice one to have under the belt. The true meaning of
the necklace is that it keeps growing and it keeps spreading the message of
love and peace. And as long as there are wars and violence, the necklace
grows and grows.
On a happier subject: the Gem Show was
delightful and well organized, as it always is. The members of the
Palm Beach Gem & Mineral Society once again
came together to offer the finest shopping for jewelry, gems, fossils,
cutting rough, beads and unique gifts there is in South Florida.
If you are a member, then you will agree: it
is also the best opportunity to see fellow members and friends, some of whom
came from Virginia just to be at the show.
V.I.P. member Jack Stamper and his wife
MaryAnn came to see the show, and if you remember it was Jack who first gave
the Neverending Necklace a
table in 2001 to display it at the show.
Even Don and Ruth Chenoweth came all the way
from Central Florida to be here, and it was nice to chat with this lovely
Sadly, many of the members who have supported
the necklace and were dear friends, have passed over the years. It was nice
to see that the 2009 show was dedicated to those who are now with the
"Greatest Rockhound of All" - the creator of our beautiful world himself.
So many fond memories are connected to this
Gem Show and to the club who puts it on for us to enjoy. May the Gem Society
live long and prosper, and may it provide enjoyment of the hobby for many
generations to come!
Thank you, dearest fellow members!
Laura and Natalie Rodriguez having a blast finding the
Magnificent jewelry from Janis Perryman
Paul Perryman, a stellar jewelry maker demonstrating
All around jewelry making talent Kelly Azor
Some of the whimsical jewelry that you can only find
from dedicated artisans
First half of the dedicated beads from this weekend's
Inez Ancell, seed bead wizard who donated the beads on
Second half of the dedicated beads