Cystic Fibrosis Awareness 65 Roses Necklace (N088)

The first of its' kind is finally here! For years I racked my brain for a design that would symbolize the term "65 Roses" (cystic fibrosis, is often referred to as 'sixty five roses' by young children).

This past weekend I spent just about the whole weekend in my studio. Of course, my plan was to do paperwork, but I just started creating. By the time I was done I had numerous earrings, three necklaces and four bracelets (I've already started posting them on the site with more pictures coming!). With many of the designs being new to the awareness collection.

I am very happy with how this design came out. Not only is the pendant bail a one-of-a-kind designer original the bead pattern is so unique it is set so that groups of 6 and 5 crystals run throughout the necklace -for a total of 65 crystals in the design. Absolutely beautiful!
65 Roses Crystal Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Necklace (N088)
65 Roses Crystal Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Necklace (N088)
This beaded awareness necklace was designed to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis ('sixty five roses') with a one-of-a-kind designer original handcrafted pendant bail to showcase the 7x10mm sterling silver rose charm with clusters of various purple crystals hand-wrapped with sterling silver wire. Adding to this necklaces' unique design is beaded pattern sets of 6 and 5 purple amethyst Swarovski Crystals to symbolize 65 Roses and carries a full 65 Swarovski Crystals in the design. Crystals are accented with Swarovski Pearls and .925 Bali. Measures 18-1/4".

The story behind why cystic fibrosis is referred to as "65 Roses" by young children:

In 1965, after learning that her three little boys had Cystic Fibrosis, Mary G. Weiss began volunteering to raise money to cure cystic fibrosis. One of her duties was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary's four year old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call. After several calls, Richard came into the room and told his mom, "I know what you are working for."

Mary was dumbstruck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know he had Cystic Fibrosis. With some trepidation, Mary posed the question back to Richard, "What am I working for, Richard?"

"You are working for '65 Roses'," he answered so sweetly. Mary was speechless. She went over to him and tenderly pressed his tiny body to hers. He could not see the tears running down Mary's cheeks as she stammered, "Yes, Richard, I'm working for '65 Roses'."

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1 comment

The Beading Gem said...

That was a really lovely explanation of the 65 Roses alternative name. It is much easier to say and remember.