As someone with chronic health and pain problems for well over twenty years I have encountered a lot of health care professionals over time. Especially nurses, those wonderful folks who are the first to see you and usually the ones that spend the most time with you. I had a c-section with each of my three children and as with any birth the nurses really play the biggest role before and after the actual birth. Nurses cared for my oldest child when he was extremely ill in the hospital for a week, for my daughter when she was 31 days old and they thought she had meningitis, and are there to greet me with a smile on every month’s doctor’s appointment I have. They do all kinds of jobs, even the ones that no one else wants to perform.
So, when I found a few photos of nurses in with a group of vintage photos I had purchased I knew I wanted to make a tribute piece of jewelry as a way of saying thank you and bringing attention to the wonderful people called NURSES.
I chose a photo taken in 1940 in Hot Springs, Arkansas (knowing this thanks to the stamp on the reverse side of the photo). I also had to include a bit of the lovely edging around the photo so I created a little collage on a vintage creamy white buckle then added a bit of hand cut and shaped vintage brass lamp band with “nurse” taken from a vintage dictionary, plus a floral piece of antiqued brass stamping.
If I had to pick one word that described nurses it would “caring”, so I created a connector piece on antiqued brass by applying a cutting from the vintage dictionary for the word “care”. It has been sealed with resin for longevity and protection. For some odd reason it took on a blue hue in the center. I just see it as a little something extra that adds to the piece! The little open heart charm hangs from the “care” connector.
The beads are some of my favorite of all time. First, four large faceted semi-precious agate beads with various brass bead caps. I chose four different colors of beads to represent the diversity of skills nurses have to possess to do their jobs well. Then finally, the charming vintage rhinestone beads that I just adore.
Thank you to nurses everywhere…you are so very appreciated.
Peace to your heart,