Jeweler gets political with "vote" necklace
Rebekah Abrams has strong political beliefs and she, like millions of other Americans, have probably tuned into the Democratic National Convention broadcast from Denver this week. The local jeweler and owner of RJ Designs just won’t say what party she’s rooting for. Partisanship, she says, is bad for business.
Politics, on the other hand, is pure gold, or at least sterling silver.
Abrams crafted a sterling-silver necklace that dangles the word "vote" from a 16-inch chain. The necklace is on sale now at Mary Jane’s boutique on Main Street and will go on sale soon at charityUSA.org, a consortium of six Web sites that donates proceeds of merchandise sales to fight world hunger and disease.
Abrams said she wanted the necklace to be easy to wear and elegant. So far, most of her customers have been women. She can’t say whether they’re Democrat or Republican. The necklace’s versatility is part of its appeal.
"It’s a political message that’s multisided," she said. "You can say it’s important to vote without saying who you are going to vote for. It’s a good way to send a universal message."
The local jeweler is also coming out with a smaller "vote" necklace made of silver recycled from her studio. It’s a much simpler necklace than the flashy sterling silver model. Both accessories retail for about $85.
Abrams produced her first "vote" necklace in 2004 as the election came to a close. For the 2008 election, she says she wanted to get jewelry out early enough to make a difference.
Missi Clements, assistant manager at Mary Jane’s, says the necklaces caught her eye when they were brought into the store. "It was one of the first things I noticed when I came in," she said. "I love what Rebekah makes."
Clements responded enthusiastically when asked if she would like to wear one of the necklaces herself. "I think the best way to put it is it’s a good way to look fashionable and still say something important."
The "vote" necklace is on sale now at Mary Jane’s, 613 Main St., and will soon be available at charityUSA.org. For more information, visit shoprjdesigns.com.
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