I wanted to design a ring that would display a symbol to always remind a mother of her child. After several attempts, a lazy backwards “S” appeared with a protrusion to the left, which reminded me of a mother holding her child. Today this symbol is called Arms of Love®, and inconspicuously appears on many of my jewelry designs. The name of this ring is called Mothers Legacy, and is shown displaying a Brazilian amethyst. The picture shows the evolution of the ring, from the sketches, to the computer illustration, to the finished jewelry piece in 14 karat white gold.
A Thousand Years
The curve of your smile
Makes me glow inside
The sound of your voice
Is my gentle guide
Dawn’s sun on your face
Gives me hope for the day
And while I am gone
My heart’s not away
Walking on the sand
Our clasped hands blend
I know you’re my moon,
My soul, and my friend
Underneath the gazebo
Was a magical day
Two hearts became one
Our love would not stray
Like a summer remembered
A thousand years have passed
We knew our destiny
Our love would last
For every tomorrow
You give me new life
A new day is born
With you as my wife
© Michael C. Watson, 7-23-2009.
Like the never-ending love of our mothers, the beauty of all gemstones are eternal. I designed the Mother and Me pendant to display a gemstone and diamond in their natural splendor. This is an African garnet and diamond set in 14 karat yellow gold for winners of the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest. The Moon Over Mountains® symbol can be seen on the side.
When I designed the line of jewelry intended to display the gemstones won in the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest, I wanted to incorporate a symbol that would eternally remind a mother of her child.
First, I began with the most sacred word of the contest, mom. Then I brainstormed acronyms for “mom.” Ideas such as Milk Overflowing Meadows, Memory of Melodies, My Only Mission, and Melody of Motion came to mind. Then came Moon Over Mountains! When I began scribbling the word mom, I realized that the letter M resembled mountains. When the circular O was placed above the M, it looked like a moon. The word “mom” appeared miraculously!
After several attempts with the trademark and patent office, below is the official registered trademark.
Thich Nhat Hahn once said, The moon is always expressing something deep, calm, and tender, like the love of a mother for her child.” Now, whenever we gaze at the moon, especially as it peeks above the mountains, we will think of our mothers.
Congratulations to Gage Butterfield, who won a loose diamond to give to his mother in the 21st annual Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest. The contest is in honor of all moms. Gage was chosen out of nearly 20,000 essays in the 6-12 grade division.
Positive words encourage and inspire us, and the contest is based on the power and everlasting benefit of these words. Gage recited his poem to his mom, Jennifer, on Diamond Day, May 10, 2013.
Stars and galaxies in her eyes,
more beautiful than the finest butterflies.
Mom is beauty and grace
all put into one face.
Crescent Intermediate School
When I was in my twenties I discovered this quote. I wrote it on a piece of paper, and kept it in my wallet for reference for many years. The words are still beautiful and true today.
“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe
The pattern on this heart necklace is a delicate ode to love.
(Sterling Silver Heart Pendant with Diamond, $129 on Sale: http://www.galleryofdiamonds.com/shop/pendants/ssdiamondheart-19519.html)
Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/weekly-photo-challenge-pattern/