Making jewelry heals in more ways than one!

June 3, 2011

While not everyone believes in the metaphysical healing powers of gemstones, it is hard to argue with the emotional benefits of creating something pretty to wear with friends while dealing with the decidedly un-pretty reality of cancer.

A few of the designs created at the cancer patient retreat.

We just received a lovely thank-you note from Margaret Nowak, an Art Therapist with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Margaret recently hosted a retreat for women with gynecological or breast cancers. One of the activities was making jewelry, and Rings & Things was happy to donate some of the supplies. Due to the Susan G. Komen Fund and other fantastic organizations, everyone knows pink is the official color of breast cancer awareness, but I hadn’t realized that turquoise is the official color for gynecological cancers.

Margaret wrote: “The women loved making bracelets and necklaces. They all chose a theme for their jewelry that often centered on healing. I do have some beads left which I will use with patients who are here receiving chemotherapy treatments or are in the hospital. A small bracelet made during a treatment or hospital stay can leave a huge impression on someone dealing with cancer. Know that Rings & Things is appreciated for bringing a little bit of pleasure to what might be an unpleasant day for someone dealing with cancer!”

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  • georgie June 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    That was a lovely post!!..;o)

  • Chris June 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

    That’s really awesome that you donated beads for this, you guys. Nice work.

  • VIPbeads June 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Wow,almost broke in tears,You guys rock, God bless everybody who help cancer patience

  • Amy June 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I have a friend who is an Ovarian cancer survivor (10+ years.) It would have been so great to have activities like this back then. It’s nice to hear about them now!
    We “re-discovered” jewelry-making as therapy to help with her disabling stroke (a side-effect of the cancer…her blood had become hyper-coagulative) a few years ago. It was one of the creative things she could do one-handed.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Lisa Lodge June 14, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Is there any way you could put me in touch with Margaret? I am in Michigan, and would like to donate beads to this cause. Thank you!

    • Cindy June 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

      That’s so sweet, Lisa! We will send her your email address.