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I’m not usually a covetous person. And I’m usually not much of a jewelry person. I’ve owned one diamond in my life, a little speck inside my antique-style engagement ring when I was a 19-year-0ld bride.
But when aNewsCafe.com subscriber Janine Hall of Janine’s Jewelry in Redding brought this pendant by my house as a donation for aNewsCafe.com’s online auction, I suddenly experienced a strange sensation.
I absolutely fell in love with it. I wanted it with every ounce of my greedy little heart.
Hand-crafted by Janine, the pendant is 14-kt. yellow gold, and features 2.5 carats of gorgeous opal – which is October’s birth stone – and .22 carats of three diamonds. It’s absolutely exquisite. Hall even special ordered an exotic-wood box to contain the pendant. The entire package is a work of art.
Alas, no matter how much I lust after this pendant, it will go the highest bidder during aNewsCafe.com’s online auction next month. I will tell you that the retail value of this pendant is $2,400, and unless a minimum bid is reached, the piece will be returned to Janine.
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Dare I mention the holidays are coming, and this exclusive Carr Fire pendant would make the best gift ever for some lucky woman?
To understand this pendant, you have to know a little about Janine Hall, its creator, someone who’s had a lifelong passion and fascination for metal and torch work. Her early jewelry fabrication and repair education started in Burbank in 1974, and she made her way to Redding a few years later.
In 1979, Hall was given the opportunity to purchase a tiny kiosk type jewelry shop inside of Dicker’s department store in the Mall in downtown Redding. Dicker’s is gone, and most of what was known as the mall is gone, but Hall and her shop are still there.
Over these decades Janine has fabricated from scratch thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, and has repaired countless other pieces. Her style is clean and sometimes leans slightly to an Art Deco look. She has also become one of the most trusted jewelers in the north state, with customers on the East Coast, in Paraguay, and even Australia. Janine’s Jewelry has a Facebook page, which you can find here. She also has an Etsy store, which you can check out here.
In Hall’s almost 40 years in business, she’s contributed to countless fund raisers with donations of jewelry and gift certificates, supporting her community.
And now, she’s gone above and beyond by creating this incredible piece for aNewsCafe.com’s online auction.
The Carr Fire left so many of us feeling helpless. We wanted to do something to help. Nearly everyone did what they could. I remember sitting at my keyboard for sometimes 15- 18 hour stretches writing and posting about the Carr Fire, the Delta Fire, and the Hirz Fire. I kept hearing about the fun activity at Sizzle’s downtown, where meals were being prepared and delivered to fire fighters and first responders. You know how much I love to cook. I wanted so badly to help out at the World Central Kitchen project, but my place was at aNewsCafe.com. That was my job.
In Hall’s case, what does a jeweler do when her city is in danger of being annihilated by fire? Yes, she is now restoring charred jewelry, but she wanted to do more. So when she heard about aNewsCafe.com’s upcoming online auction to benefit a graduating senior whose home was destroyed in the Carr Fire, she knew what she’d do.
She designed and created a custom pendant, just for the auction. She made it with the Carr Fire in mind. Notice the slightly melted looking edges of the yellow gold. Notice the flame beneath the opal, and the different textures; smooth and rough.
Hall’s camera shy, so she didn’t want her photo taken, but she’s not shy about the pendant. She knows it’s a fine piece of work; a thing of beauty.
This piece will join other donations that we’ll feature in aNewsCafe.com’s online auction next month.
I give much credit for this entire auction idea to aNewsCafe.com’s Deborah Segelitz, who started the ball rolling by commissioning from her home in Scotland a custom-made Phoenix by the Welsh glass-blower, Paul Jones, whose company happens to be called Phoenix Glass, and 2018 happens to be his 10th anniversary.
Just a heads up that Beverly Stafford, one of aNewsCafe.com’s most loyal readers, and first paid subscribers, already has placed an unofficial bid of $100 on the Carr Fire Phoenix.
Hall’s Carr Fire pendant and Jones’ Carr Fire Phoenix are just two of the incredible auction items that have been donated for November’s auction by ANC subscribers. In the coming weeks I’ll feature a few pieces at a time, in addition to information about the subscribers who contributed the item.
The timing for this is perfect, because November is aNewsCafe.com’s 11th birthday, and 11 is one of my favorite numbers.
Stay tuned for the exact auction dates, and details about how the auction will work.
Until then, one thing I’m considering is hosting a small gathering at my home for ANC staff, auction contributors and winning bidders, so they can meet, and so the winners can take home their items. It’ll be part ANC birthday party, part auction celebration, and a wonderful way to start saying goodbye to 2018, a year that many of us will never forget.