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My Blue Gene Bracelet was a joy to create.  It is a gift to the Global Genes Project and their 7000 bracelets campaign to raise awareness and show my support for kids living with rare disease, disorders or conditions. This bracelet, along with 6999 others, will be distributed to participating families in December 2011. The only real requirement for the bracelet was that it be blue to go with their blue denim ribbon.  I thought about the children and adults that get a diagnosis of a rare disease and thoughts that might go through their heads after the news and while seeking treatment.

Cloisonne and Kyanite artisan bracelet by Honey from the Bee

I took Blue Kyanite beads as a base, because they even look like worn blue jeans with a little sparkle.  They are also known to be healing stones and help align all the Chakras.  I added vintage Cloisonne floral beads as dangles.  At first and maybe even after 2nd and 3rd glances, they all appear to be the same.  However one is different.  Different yet just as beautiful and most would never notice anything different about them.

Cloisonne and Kyanite artisan bracelet by Honey from the Bee

After adding some Sterling Silver chain and an easier to handle lobster clasp, I added a dangle of one half of a pair of dice.  Knowing that some children and even some adults would blame themselves or others or even unfortunate circumstances for their diagnosis, I wanted to say what I believe:  that it's a roll of the dice.  There's no one to be angry with.  But the access to research and health care should not be a roll of the dice.

Cloisonne and Kyanite artisan bracelet by Honey from the Bee

I hope the family that receives this bracelet will see and feel the love, support and hope coming from the jewelry community.  I know this project made me much more aware as I wrote in an earlier post.  I also hope this post brings awareness to others who may not have realized that there are 250 million people, mostly children, that have a Rare Disease diagnosis.

Their slogan?  Hope.  It's in our Genes. Don't stop here!  Over 100 of the participants are also blogging about their participation and you can read their connection to the project and see the bracelet they created for this event by going to this post by Lori Anderson.

Comments

fabulous! love the thought

fabulous! love the thought that went into your design...it turned out beautiful!

The design was great!

The design was great!

You hit the blue jean theme

You hit the blue jean theme perfectly.

What a great cause.

What a great cause. Beautiful bracelet!

How beautiful! And how good

How beautiful! And how good of you to donate your time and your work for such a great cause. Kudos!Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Beautiful...love the dice,

Beautiful...love the dice, nice addition.Thanks for the kudos, glad we participated.

Love the bracelet and the

Love the bracelet and the dice idea is great!!

You really put a lot of

You really put a lot of thought into this piece. It's lovely.

I love the meaning behind

I love the meaning behind your choice of components.A very special and very beautiful creation!!!m.e. :)

I love kyanite! Beautiful

I love kyanite! Beautiful bracelet!Thank you for participating!

This is absolutely beautiful,

This is absolutely beautiful, and so is all of the love you put into it. Whoever get this will have a gorgeous reminder of hope!

What a thoughtfull bracelet.

What a thoughtfull bracelet. I'm amazed at the detailed bead selection process, inspiring and profound.

Beautiful bracelet and I love

Beautiful bracelet and I love the different elements you added to the bracelet!

You did a beautiful job. I

You did a beautiful job. I love the symbolism of the die.I'm sure your creation will bring smiles to the recipient.

such a beautiful bracelet.

such a beautiful bracelet.

Beautiful bracelet, and I

Beautiful bracelet, and I love the addition of the die as a little secret message.

Fabulous, you did a great

Fabulous, you did a great job!Deb x

I really appreciate the

I really appreciate the meaning of each part of this bracelet. It is very pretty and I am sure will be making someone smile when they receive it! I am with you on dealing with what we have and once we know what that is making the best of what it can be...

Wonderful and thoughtful

Wonderful and thoughtful bracelet. I especially like the healing stone and the "roll of the dice" :-)

Very creative! And the die

Very creative! And the die definitely adds a unique and fun flair!

I love seeing your piece of

I love seeing your piece of art and love reading about how you put it together ... so very thoughtful and heartfelt and beautiful.SusanMarie

What a lovely bracelet!

What a lovely bracelet!

Fabulous bracelet Janet! The

Fabulous bracelet Janet! The vintage cloisonne beads are to die for - I love everything enamel these days. So much thought - I know that the recipient will feel the love and support from everyone's creations. I also know anytime I see a blue jean themed bracelet I will wonder if.....

love the movement and colors.

love the movement and colors. the die is a perfect addition.

Lovely bracelet!!

Lovely bracelet!!

This is a beautiful bracelet

This is a beautiful bracelet ... and the idea of the chakras being aligned ... how cool is that! I like the idea that the little dangle beads can kind serve as "worry" beads ... to drain off some of the negative energy and worry.

Wow, it really is a gorgeous

Wow, it really is a gorgeous bracelet. Beautiful work! :)

It is beautiful with a

It is beautiful with a playful touch!

fabulous, I love your

fabulous, I love your creation, love the addition of the dice too ;o)hugshello gorgoeus xxx

What a Beautiful Bracelet

What a Beautiful Bracelet friend!!! Thanks so much in sharing your creativity & HOPE for this very worthy cause!Smiles,Susie

What a fabulous project!

What a fabulous project! Blue "Gene". Love it.

Great post Janet. Most of us

Great post Janet. Most of us forget how blessed we are. I love the reason for the addition of the dice :)Audrey

Great blue bracelet. The Dice

Great blue bracelet. The Dice was so original too, I'm now following your blog. #48

What wonderful meaning you

What wonderful meaning you included in your bracelet! Someone will wear that proudly!

Awesome bracelet...I

Awesome bracelet...I especially like the dice!

Love the dice dangle!

Love the dice dangle!

I love the thought and

I love the thought and sentiment behind this. Someone's mother will be thrilled to wear this!Enjoy the day!Erin

I love all of the thoughtful

I love all of the thoughtful components you put into your design- it is a lovely bracelet and will be appreciated!

Hi Janet, First of all what a

Hi Janet, First of all what a GORGEOUS bracelet! What a talent you have! I'm sure that your business is buzzing!Thanks for the comment tonight on my blog about the photo. You asked me what happened and I commented back and put it at the end of the post. She apologized, never credited me for either the recipe or the photo, then deleted the photo and said that I was basically rude to her. Oh well. She's not one of my readers anyway, but who needs friends like that, huh?Thanks for your sweet kindness, support and understanding.Mwah! Roz

Very nice bracelet!

Very nice bracelet!

Beautiful! Love the cloisonne

Beautiful! Love the cloisonne beads!

I like the die that you used!

I like the die that you used! Cute design!

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