What's Your Icon?
I received my diamond Little Letter "H" as a push present and it stands for my newborn son, Hudson. However, it's also a tribute to my husband's mother, Helene, who Hudson is named after. She passed away when my husband, David, was very young. The pendant is very special because of that. Alex Woo also engraved Hudson's date of birth on the back of the piece, which makes it that much more dear to my heart.
Seven years ago, a family friend owned a boutique that featured a whole case of Alex Woo jewelry. A close family friend had around 5 necklaces carefully placed around her neck, and of course, I NEEDED one too. Christmas morning of that year, my mom handed me a small wrapped box and inside was my Little "e" necklace. From that day 7 years ago, I have never taken it off. My Little matte silver "e" has become a signature part of me and I developed such a sentimental feel and attachment to it. I am now in college and live on opposite coasts from my mother, and my "e" is a luxury knowing that I'll always have the sentimental comfort of my mother and that Christmas 7 years ago close to my heart.
I have been wearing my diamond “8″ for about five years now. I never take it off. In early December 2003, I was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called Budd-Chiari syndrome. It had been caused by an underlying blood disorder called Polycithemia Vera. Within 3 months, I had a life-saving liver transplant. I recovered and felt wonderful. However in August, 6 months after my liver transplant, I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Polycithemia Vera can be a precursor to Leukemia, and with all the immunosuppressive medication I was taking, my body could no longer fight it off. The odds of surviving secondary Leukemia following a major organ transplant are astronomically low, but I refused to give in. I needed a stem cell transplant, and my sister Nancy was a perfect match. I had that successful transplant in January of 2005. My oncologist discovered that there were only 7 survivors of a stem cell transplant following a liver transplant on medical record WORLD WIDE. I am Number 8. I am a miracle! On March 15, 2011, my sister lost her life following mitral valve replacement surgery. My chemotherapy left me unable to have children of my own, and my beautiful sister saved my life and made me a mother to her three sons. So I wear the #8 because I am the 8th person to survive, The #8 represents my sister and I and our unending bond. If you turn it sideways, it’s the symbol for infinity.
“Hello, my name is Jenny and I saw the piece on Drew Barrymore’s spade pendant in People Magazine and just knew that I had to write to you.” As the wife of a soldier, Jenny knew how difficult it was going to be to say goodbye when her husband of the legendary US 506 was deployed to Iraq, and so she took it upon herself to lift the spirits of the women around her. Knowing the 506th is symbolized by a spade, Jenny thought, “The minute I saw the necklace I just knew it would be the perfect thing for me to wear during the deployment.” She went on to tell us, “The soldiers wear a spade on their helmets to distinguish them from other units. Unit insignias help tighten the bonds among soldiers. Wearing the spade does the same thing; I feel closer to my husband, and when I wear it around other spouses, we feel closer to each other because we’re sharing the common experience of having husbands who serve our country.” Word spread fast and soon the inspired women of Fort Campbell had come together through this seemingly small piece of jewelry in one immensely powerful expression of love and support. Alex Woo designed the perfect piece of jewelry for the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of these soldiers”
I got my lucky horse shoe necklace (first picture) when I was recovering from a really bad miscarriage. My husband and I had really wanted the baby and we were devastated over the loss. I felt as though I needed a little extra luck in my life and I thought the necklace was beautiful in its simplicity. A year or so later, and now we’re expecting again! Baby Liam will be making his debut in August and we couldn’t be happier! Thank you for the beautiful jewelry you make. It really does go farther than “just a piece of metal.”
One of my favorite symbols is the wishbone. I love this good luck charm, because it represents wishes and desires. My mom gave me my gold Alex Woo wishbone necklace as a graduation gift from high school. I have worn my wishbone almost every day since then. I have been a type one diabetic since the age of five. Plus, I am a recovering anorexic. Most days are a struggle for me because I do not feel good. In fact, some days I wish I could just be a normal college kid. I put on my wishbone necklace when I wake up every morning, and it makes me feel like at least I am wearing something “lucky” to help me conquer the tough days. I love my wishbone necklace and I hope to wear it for years as a symbol of good health.
Two years ago, I volunteered in Zimbabwe with a lion project called Lion Encounter. This month meant and still means the world to me. It was a turning point in my life. This experience brought out in me an unconditional love for animals as well as an utmost respect and awe of nature. When I look at my necklace from Alex Woo, the mother lion with her cub, it reminds me of everything that is dear to me. All the unconditional love in the world, the strength and resilience of my lion cubs, the all-loving African nature and Mother Africa are a reminder should serve as a reminder to all of us to love each other unconditionally. It is a reminder of the beauty of love and life, and that which was given to me through this experience. My loving, humble and grateful greetings to everyone who created my necklace, which I find the most beautiful necklace in the world.
The number 5 is forever significant. I am 54, the oldest of 5 sisters. We keep in contact by phone, vacations, and had a once in a lifetime cruise planned next March. As I type this my sister Judy is fighting for her life in a hospital in Calif. Cancer has come to our door. What started out as ovarian cancer has now spread and she is now on a ventilator. All this in 7 weeks. Surrounded by family the most we can hope for is that she doesn't leave us Thanksgiving. They will all get a # 5 necklace for x-mas.
I had originally bought the Silver Peace Dove because I had wanted a spiritual piece of jewelry that was beautiful and simple. This piece has been a part of every important event in my life since I purchased it- from important test dates, my college graduation, getting married to my best friend and to the birth of my daughter on June 1, 2012. On the day of my daughter’s birth, the Peace Dove was the only piece of jewelry I wore. I know that jewelry doesn’t have the power to make things go a certain way, but the significance of this piece has helped me through many obstacles. It has helped me through good times as well as bad. I hope to one day pass this on to my daughter and that it will give her the faith to take on anything.
Grandma’s request was always, “the trunk must be up!” whenever she was on her quest to add yet another elephant to her collection. She said elephants (with their trunks up!) symbolized good luck. For me, every time I see one my heart fills with my love for her. On July 3, 2010 my Grandma suffered a terrible stroke. Two days later, with Grandma still in a coma, my sister and I decided, with much guilt, to go ahead and take a break and watch our favorite weekly show, The Bachelorette. Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky was visiting India. Halfway through the episode I sent my sister a text message: “Did you see Ali’s necklace??!!” “No. What is it? What is it?!” was her reply. Two minutes later I got a “OMG! It’s an elephant! It’s Grandma! She’s letting us know that she’s going to be OK no matter what ” Our beloved Grandma passed away the next morning. Not long after I was excited to find the necklace Ali wore. I wear my necklace every day to feel the love and good luck Grandma gives me daily. I wanted my sister to feel the same so I bought her one too! Thank you Alex!
My husband is a Cavalry Scout in the 506th Regimental Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY. This unit is brand new to Fort Campbell; it’s been here for just over a year. Soldiers from all over the world were moved here to create this unit, and they knew from the start that they would be called to support the War on Terror one year later. The soldiers of the 506th will join their comrades in arms in the Middle East once again in a few short weeks. This year without him will be hard and the temptation will be there to wallow in self pity and resentment, especially when my little boys cry for their Daddy. As a reminder that our sacrifice is not in vain, and to remind me of the pride my husband and his brothers have in what they are doing, I wear the unit’s symbol on a chain around my neck, close to my heart. The symbol of the 506th is the spade. Though it was doubtlessly not intended for this purpose, Alex Woo designed the perfect piece of jewelry for the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of these soldiers, and in doing so she, herself became a patriot. Thank you, Alex.
I am 37, single and extremely career driven; I travel a lot and work long days. I am “mom” to 2 dogs, Abby and Bella. I live in Los Angeles and the rest of my family lives far away so Abby, Bella and my friends have become my own little “modern family.” Through hard times (my father is extremely ill) and the best times, their unconditional love has helped me get through each day. If I could bring them with me everywhere, I would! Since I can’t, I wanted to have a reminder of them with me at all times. I thought about a tattoo but when I saw some of your jewelry, I knew that was the way I had to go. I spent a few weeks deciding what would be the best fit for me and my day to day life. I finally bought the little a, little b, little paw and little heart. I wear it every single day (even to bed) and it lets me bring my Abby and Bella with me wherever I go.
I was 36 weeks pregnant when I found out my baby had stopped growing and would need to be born in the following few days. Forty eight hours of induced labor seems like a long time now, but seemed like an eternity then, waiting for my sweet little baby to come into the world. We knew it was a girl and had decided on a name, but had told no one in the family. We couldn’t stop looking at Olive when she was born- she was absolutely perfect. We had decided on this name because my husband’s grandmother was named Olive, and had passed away five years prior at the age of 93. Olive was spunky, kind, always smiling and going along with the flow. Our little Olive is no different. When I received my Alex Woo “O” letter silver necklace, I was overjoyed. I feel the “O” on the chain and think about what she might be doing while we are apart. I know in two months when I return to work, the little “O” will keep me company throughout the day. In turn, when Olive grows up, she will wear the necklace and hopefully, rubbing the burnished, thick “O” will think of her momma.