Is It Possible That a Necklace Could Transform a Community?
January 26, 2011
I was just walking down the aisle of the library and saw the book, The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis, sitting on the shelf. It is a beautiful blue, and it caught my eye. Our book club read this book and enjoyed it. It should be in someone's bookbag; not on the library shelf. Everyone in the club seemed to say the book was enjoyable and meaningful.
In 2004, Jonell McLain saw the $37,000 diamond necklace in the jewelry store window. After making a number of phone calls and doing some serious planning, Jonell and twelve other women joined together to buy and share the necklace. Some of the women were friends. Others were professional acquaintances. Some did not know each other, but the necklace became their link to each other.
Soon, the relationship with the necklace encouraged the women to step out and begin some community betterment work; together. The attractiveness of the necklace had catalyzed a wider circle of people for a good cause. Their group grew, and so did the effects of their good accomplishments and personal contacts.
This book reveals the personalities of the participants who shared the necklace, and tells how it really changed their lives. It makes readers think about what is important and what is possible. It also tells the story about how people outside the group were able to enjoy the necklace. It enriched an entire community. And maybe, it reminds us not only to watch for those experiences that make lasting memories and friends for life, but to seize them.