Uh-Oh: A Blue Back Square Jeweler And A Destroyed Irish Seashell

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This weekend’s Bottom Line column:

Putting a value on sentiment is always tricky business. What’s a tiny seashell from the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland worth?

Debra Raboin of West Hartford wasn’t even considering it after returning from a “special trip” to Ireland in April with her 81-year-old father, her two daughters and a seashell from the beach her grandmother walked as a young girl.

“We specifically went to see my grandmother’s home on the Dingle Peninsula,” says Raboin. “It was an incredible family trip.”
To preserve the memory, Raboin brought the shell to La Perla Fine Jewelers at Blue Back Square in West Hartford to see if the shell could become part of a necklace.

“I explained the value of the shell,” she says. “I wanted to attach a gold clasp or hook even if they were to apply some gold to one side of it.”

Sadly, the sentimental seashell from the Dingle seashore didn’t survive the conversion to jewelry. Raboin says she wanted the actual seashell integrated into the jewelry. La Perla made a gold facsimile of the seashell, which broke during the molding.

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3 thoughts on “Uh-Oh: A Blue Back Square Jeweler And A Destroyed Irish Seashell

  1. Jon Ney

    I can’t believe Ms Raboin would only bring back one shell from Ireland as a memory keepsake. They’re free, weigh very little, and in abundant supply. She should have brought back at least a dozen and given the jeweler 10 to work with just as a safeguard against such such a problem like the one she had or the possibility of such a delicate object being broken in transit. I’m mostly with the jeweler on this one.

  2. Robin Capuano

    On a recent trip to Clearwater Beach, Florida, I picked up a shell and threaded a length of yarn through a hole in it and have been wearing it as a warm reminder of my trip. Ms. Raboin should have done the same with her shell. Keep it simple, people. Happiness is right in front of you.
    Kevin, love your column.

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