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Cancer survivor Cheryl Richardson has a bead on creating unique, handmade jewelry.
Cheryl Richardson counts her blessings every day. You should count them, too.
Richardson is the creator of Blessings Jewelry, sold exclusively at Lady’s Image in Wilmington. The line includes gorgeous bracelets, earrings and necklaces fashioned of everything from hand-carved beads of agate to pieces of seashell to bits of coral. Works range from dainty to large necklaces that can’t help making a statement. Colors cover the spectrum. “It’s everyday art to wear with everything,” says Lady’s Image owner Jane Strobel.
Richardson named the collection after a struggle with stage IV breast cancer. She attributes her recovery to prayer and beading. Richardson started as therapy for her hands, which shake from nerve damage caused by chemotherapy. “I got tired of knitting scarves,” she says with a laugh.
Richardson travels the mid-Atlantic in search of beads and clasps. She finds ideas in art and architecture, literature and other places. She prays for inspiration. And sometimes, she says, “I just fiddle and fool until it looks right and feels right.” Each piece represents an effort to create something that will be treasured for many years, so each is given an appropriate name—Irish Mist, Merlot Moment, Buckingham—numbered, then labeled with a handmade tag.
If you haven’t counted Blessings among the pieces in your jewelry box, meet the artist at Lady’s Image on June 9-11. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Blessings Jewelry will benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. For more, call 478-7921, or visit
ladysimagefashions.com. —Mark Nardone
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