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farmer's market corn necklace

by Lori Strickland
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Bring home-grown style to your wardrobe with this sweet, symbolic pendant by Lori Strickland. Its glossy, yellow opal kernels resting between sterling silver ears is an unexpected way to share inspiration drawn from Native American culture, where corn is honored as a traditional food gifted to the land by the heavens. Its folklore represents the reward in staying strong and true to yourself.

The story begins with a beautiful woman descending from the clouds. She comes upon two villagers who show her kindness by offering food. As thanks, she encourages them to return to the spot in one year, where they would find a reward. When they return home, the village rejects their claim and laughs at the tale, but the two keep faith. When returning a year later, they discover the gift of sweet corn, ready for harvesting.

Gift its rich symbolism to foodies, gardeners, friends and loved ones as a way to say: "Stay strong, don't be swayed." Handmade in Florida. Shipped with a card explaining the corn symbolism.

Due to the nature of opals, the shades of yellow will vary. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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sterling silver, yellow opal
Chain, 18" Drop 1.38"
Due to the nature of opals, the shades of yellow will vary. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • the maker
Lori Strickland

Lori Strickland

A native Floridian, Lori Strickland comes from a long line of ranchers and cowboys-"Old Florida," she calls it. "Before the mouse took over." Lori trained at the Gemology Institute of America and The Jeweler's Bench of Florida. While she was studying to become a designer, she met her husband, who was studying to become a manufacturer.

"We have the perfect relationship in many ways," Lori says. "Every designer needs a manufacturer and every manufacturer needs a designer."

The Stricklands have worked together for 15 years and have a 10-year-old daughter, who has designed jewelry and made wax models since she was six. She's even designing something to be featured in Lori's next collection. "We are a true family business," she says.

"My inspiration comes from the world around me. I tend to see things from a different angle than most people. I enjoy the irony and romance of life. Plain objects seem whimsical and I see things like the cork in the dog or flowers and plants that dance like ballerinas."

When she isn't busy with jewelry, Lori is taking her daughter to voice lessons or barefoot skiing when the weather is nice. The family also enjoys walking on the beach, surf fishing and playing with their two dachshunds.

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