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Always Remembered

By Rikki T.

On May 5, 2006 my father was murdered in Kansas City Missouri.  He owned a lot of jewelry and personal  belongings.  One thing that he wore faithfully everyday was this ring.  The ring had over 50 diamonds in it.  Once my dad was put to rest my mom melted the ring down.  She made three rings and a pair of earrings.  Two of the rings were for my sister and I.  Both of our rings had 7 diamonds in a row.  The other ring and earrings originally belonged to her.  The ring had about 30 diamonds in it and each earring had 4.

The earrings are very special to my mother, because the earrings, rings, and some lost memories in photos are all we have left of him.

The earrings are gold with VVS diamonds.  Each earring has four diamonds in it.  The earrings are one square centimeter.  Each earrings has a gold screwback.

The earrings were given to me a couple years ago by my mom.  One day I was going through our jewelry and asked could I have the earrings, because she never wore them.  Of course she told me yes, and for almost a year straight she would question me about where they were when I didn’t have them on.  She would always say “don’t lose my earrings you know how much they mean to me”.  One time she even took them from me, because she found them on the floor by my nightstand.

So, to this day I still wear the earrings along with some other diamond earrings she bought me.  I still wear the earrings, because its really all I have left of him  that I can wear everyday.

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Rikki's Earrings
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Left: The earrings Rikki's mother gave to her Right: Rikki's father, whose ring was melted down to create the earrings This ... More »


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