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.