Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Gem

 

 I usually lose things, rarely find things. That's why I remember well the only time when I found something beautiful.

It was about 15 years ago. I left a place with my eyes in tears. (that's  another story). While walking on the pavement, I saw through the tears a glitter. It looked like a  zirconia (white, colorless gem) fallen from a ring. It was evening, there was nobody around, the street seemed deserted, so  I picked it up and brought it home.

I opened my jewelry box and fitted the found squarely shaped gem in a  gold setting, and there it stayed; never wore it until recently. Why? I wouldn't have felt comfortable to wear something that had belonged to someone else who unfortunately lost it.


Recently I've decided to put the ring on my finger. A friend suggested that I have the gem checked at a jeweler; 'maybe it's a diamond', he said. I don't think so;  the area where I found it was not one where people wear and lose diamonds.  Besides, I'm pleased with it as it is. I don't care about its market value, and I don't intend to spend money to have it checked by a professional. 

I  like to recall this story.  It was as if God wished to wipe away my tears by making me find the gem. And then, at home to find the perfect setting for it was unbelievable! as if the setting was just waiting  for it. (The gold of the setting is not the usual yellow, but more like the silver color - it's called white gold, methinks, and is perfect match).

Last week the world was informed that the third largest diamond (over 1000 carat) was found in Botswana. Good for Botswana, good for the world! That's good news if we consider the other news that make up our daily life: violence, climate change, covid variants, economy decline.


52 comments:

  1. I understand how you felt, I found a gold bracelet buried in dirt at a campground years ago. Had it appraised for free, and it turned out to be worth $100 with the opal senttings. I recently gave it to a granddaughter. I felt sorry for the loser, too.

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    1. May your granddaughter enjoy the bracelet! It has both sentimental and money value.

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  2. Yes, I think God wiped away your tears with a found gem of beauty, and then to find the gold setting in your jewelry box. It was meant to be, and I think you could wear it as a reminder of joy.

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    1. Although I have some other rings, my eyes are mainly on this one, definitely " as a reminder of joy", as you say.

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  3. A welcome discovery at a tear-filled time. As you say, it was meant to happen.

    On the other side of the coin for years I'd been wearing a ring that had belonged to my late mother. She received it for her 18th birthday. One day, to my dismay, I discovered the stone...an amethyst...had dislodged...I know not when, nor do I know where. It could have occurred anywhere. I felt so sad...and still do every time I look at the vacant space setting on the gold band.

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    1. I feel almost devastated when I happen to lose an item for which I have sentimental affection, regardless of its
      material value. So, I can imagine your sadness about the dislodged amethyst.

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  4. How fortunate you are... if you had not seen the stone that day, it would have ended up in the gutter and washed out to sea. Definitely God-given.

    On the day of my beloved mother's funeral, a family member (by marriage, not by blood) stole everything from my mother's bedroom and took it away. The care home staff caught her and took the boxes of clothes etc away, and rang me the next day. But the staff, who loved my mother, couldn't see the ring in the thief's pocket. Not worth a truckload of money, but much loved because of its symbolic value.

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    1. "..it would have ended in the gutter.." you're probably right about that.
      Your comment reminds me of a movie title : Glitter and Gutter, about Las Vegas and gambling. Never seen the movie.
      Sadly, your story about the theft on the day of the funeral is not uncommon.

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  5. God gifts us with incredible blessings or "coincidences" at our lowest points. Truly amazes me of some of the things He has done in the past for me that could only come from His divine intervention.

    I hadn't heard about the third largest diamond being found. Wonder what it is worth and what will happen to it. I never really was one to wear jewelry or care about it but diamonds can be so stunning.

    If you are so incline, I would love to hear your thoughts about the new government in Israel.

    betty

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    1. Indeed, Betty, God gifts us and blesses us in many ways.
      I'm surprised you show interest in Israel's new government. I don"t. I've lost faith in politicians and governments, and I'm gradually losing faith in the Media too.
      The general belief here is : 'too little and too late'; the nation is irreparably divided.

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  6. That certainly was a great find for you on a sad occasion - something good came out of sadness. It's unbelievable that the stone fitted exactly into your setting. It obviously was meant to be.

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    1. Each word in your comment, dear Margaret, is accurate. Thank you.

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  7. DUTA...Just me again! I meant to say also I hope...my wish is...if I never find the amethyst, which is the most likely scenario...that someone like you found it...and cared for it as their own. :)

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    1. Such very sweet words! I feel moved by them. Thanks Lee.

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  8. Such a wonderful post. Amazing how these treasures come to be. You are a wonderful storyteller. And yes, I hate losing things too which happens more than I want to share. Although, I do keep up with my glasses pretty well which is something my mother never did.

    Of course, I love God's hand in this story too. I think back at a time when I had just moved in to a new apartment and I guess we had thought of everything but food. We had nothing in the cupboard or fridge and nothing to spend either. Thankfully, a couple of Airmen who were moving out dropped by bringing us everything from their cupboard and freezer. They had no need for it. We were very thankful.

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    1. 'Wonderful post and story teller' - I'm greatly flattered by your compliment. You've made my day , Ellie.
      God's hand is omnipresent, and helps us when in distress.

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  9. I love it when things happen,just when you need them to. Divine!

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    1. Me too, of course. That evening,on the pavement, I needed something nice to happen to me, as I was in a low mood.

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  10. I love this story, Duta, and I'm so happy you decided to wear the ring. After all these years, it is time. And I believe you are right -- you were meant to find this ring on this very day, this sad day. Sometimes things are meant to happen. I think this was one of those times.

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    1. Whenever someone dares to mock my belief in God, I turn to this nice little story, and smile. It does me good.

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  11. Things do happen unexpectedly and often at just the right time. Your post, Duta, is evidence of that fact. I hope that you will continue to wear and cherish the ring and "lucky" stone. I liked you comment that you didn't care if it was worth anything or not as there would be those who would feel otherwise, so good for you.

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    1. Indeed, if I love an item I don't care about its money value. If I lose that item, I'll feel devastated for a while, even knowing it's not worth much, or anything.

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    1. I'm glad you do. We need some nice stories, for a change, as we live in a harsh, pitiless world.

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  13. You will be a crown of beauty in the hand of the L-RD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your G-d.

    Sharing this word from Isaiah 62:3 for you Duta after reading your story!! Blessings and may the L-RD continue to bless you with treasures from His storehouse as He draws you near to Him with His love!! AHAVA! Blessings and Shabbat Shalom❤️

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    1. Oh, Shayndel, you're such a treasure yourself, and such a Joy! Your blessings are always priceless!
      Thank you, and
      Shabbath Shalom!

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  14. You must have had a good eye to spot a ring sized gem on the ground, well done! Hopefully it's not a real diamond and the person who lost it wasn't upset - it's so nice it lifted your spirits :)

    Hope that you are having a lovely week :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Well, I suppose that 15 years ago my eyesight was not bad; besides, as I've mentioned in the post, the gem had a square shape which made it more visible.
      As for the loser, if she was like me, then she would have grieved for the stone regardless of whether it was a zirconia or a diamond.

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  15. que interesante ese diamante tan grande, y lo de guardarla sin usarla, también ha sido algo interesante

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    1. No big, and no diamond - but interesting story.
      The third biggest diamond was recently found in Botswana, South Africa.

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    1. Thank you. It's good to know there are readers who like and appreciate what I write.

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  17. What a beautiful story. That you saw it through your tears makes it more special, I think.

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    1. I see most commenters consider it a beautiful story. Yes, the tears are quite a factor here.

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  18. Your story is touching my feeling, Duta. It gives a meaning to me. Such a gift from God that you keep it for many years, so the price is not its actual value.

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    1. Yes, Evi. It has and gives meaning: the meaning of belief in God, the meaning of vale - money value versus bare beauty value.

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  19. When I was a kid we used to go to the beach all the time and we always found stuff that people lost. It's interesting to find something really nice though.

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    1. ן suppose the beach is a place where things are often lost or found. People here dress and undress, move from the sand to the sea and vice versa; they play and move from one corner to another.

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  20. Hope is a beautiful thing and you found it paired with a stone. I've caught up with your blog. For some reason I missed it in my feed.

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    1. Hi Ann, Glad you've found me in your feed. The stone found was solitary, and I paired it with a setting. The ring with the stone is a nice addition to my finger.

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    1. Thank you. I never get tired of receiving kind words.

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  22. love to read your story...
    there is a balance in the world: bad and good; lost and reward....

    Have a great weekend

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    1. ן like the idea of 'balance' in the world; tears and joy in this case.
      Wishing you a wonderful new week!

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  23. "The third largest diamond (over 1000 carat) was found in Botswana." Isn't it amazing, I did see an article about it.

    All the best Jan

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    1. This is the kind of news I like. The newly found diamond stirs one's imagination with its size and beauty. Besides, it will help Botswana with its economy.

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  24. How nice to find something beautiful and to be able to enjoy it especially during such trying times.

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    1. True.Even a tiny, cheap item may bring joy to the one who finds it, provided it has some beauty.

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  25. What a beautiful story Duta! Big Hugs!

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