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The Starfish Story
adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It matters to that one."
*** COMES WITH A WONDERFUL CARD WITH THIS STORY AND A PHOTO ***
This necklace is a reminder that the little things we do make a difference. A wonderful and thoughtful gift!
Hand-forged and stamped sterling silver oval pendant, with a solid sterling silver starfish.
Suspended from a sterling rolo chain with hand-looped closures, the sterling tag and the starfish are independent from one another and move separately. On your neck, the starfish partially covers the pendant - the words are only for you unless you choose to share.
You may choose the length of your necklace. All metal is sterling silver.
♥ This item is hand-stamped, and the letters will not be perfectly straight - it's part of the charm of this artisan item :) Additionally, stamping is a much deeper impression, and also blackened, to be much more visible than engraving. We have other hand-stamped items available in our store, if you would like to see more examples.
♥ Most retail items ship within about 1-2 weeks from order date. Need it sooner? Just ask. Often I can accommodate! Every single piece is sawn, hammered, pierced, filed, oxidized, buffed, and finished by hand - right here. We take great pride in our work, and even though our processes might be a bit slower, they are time-honored with classic proven quality. If you want the best hand-hewn look, you have come to the right place.
♥ All orders are packaged suitably for gift giving.
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Most retail items ship within about 1-2 weeks from order date. IF YOU NEED AN ITEM SOONER than the listed forging time, contact me - often I can get a single order out sooner if requested.
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Yes! All of our items arrive in professional packaging, with an information card about our items. Very suitable for gift giving. No receipt is included (saving a tree and also your recipient) because you can view it online at any time.
Gift cards handwritten upon request - no charge!
Since I actually hand- forge my items, most of them can be altered, changed, sized, etc. I try to be very thorough in my descriptions, but I encourage you to ask if you need a sizing exception. I can usually accommodate - and happily!
Aug 21, 2015
I ordered this necklace for a birthday gift. I had not received it in a couple weeks and my tracking number was not working. I messaged Bonnie from birthdesigns and explained the situation to her. She responded immediately, letting me know she would send another one the following morning at no extra cost. I got the necklace in this morning with a hand written note attached. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm so happy with her quick response and understanding. Would definitely order from her again.
Aug 22, 2014
Nicely finished. I wear to remind teachers what a difference they can make in the classroom.
May 25, 2013
Jun 8, 2012
Making a diffence can change your world
May 15, 2012