The Necklace


The Necklace

How Thirteen Women Changed Each Other's Lives

By Cheryl Jarvis

ISBN13: 9780007273720

RRP $29.99





This is the amazing true story of thirteen women who don't want to give up on their dreams.  They club together to buy a gorgeous diamond necklace - which each of them has posession of for four weeks at a time and they meet every month to find out what the necklace (now dubbed 'Jewelia') has been up to.

Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women.

With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning; the more they shared with others, the more profound this experience–and experiment–became.

Original, resonant, and beautifully told, this book is an inspiring story about a necklace that became greater than the sum of its links, and about thirteen ordinary women who understood the power of possibility, who touched the lives of a community, and who together created one extraordinary experience.

The Necklace is the story of how an object of desire became a catalyst for connection, friendship and more.  It's like Calendar Girls, only maybe a bit more glamorous, glitzy and sparkling.



About the Author

Cheryl Jarvis is a freelance journalist and author whose more than 100 articles have appeared in national publications ranging from Cosmopolitan to The Wall Street Journal.  She has spent time with all the women of Jewelia and captures their voices.




Entertaining and inspirational, the real-life stories of these diverse, ordinary yet remarkable women will touch your soul and leave you examining yourself, your relationships, and your dreams.

More than a biography,The Necklace provides ideas on how you could make your life more fulfilling - in ways that have nothing to do with diamonds or any other material posessions.

At a time when global recession is pinching our purses and inscreasing stress levels, The Necklace provides an up-lifiting read to be shared amongst friends, sisters, mothers and daughters.



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