Hartley Jewelers Helps Widow Repurpose Husband’s Wedding Band To Make Granddaughter’s Wedding Day Even More Special
It was a year of loss and gain for Pam Docsanes.
Her mother passed away in January of 2013, followed in June by the death of her husband of 48 years, Nick Docsanes.
But in December, Pam gained a new grandson, when granddaughter Veronica Nickle married Brett Hatch.
And through a very special piece of jewelry that Pam asked Hartley Jewelers to craft for Veronica, the memory of her husband and his love for his first grandchild will always live on.
Before Nick passed away, Veronica asked him to take her to pick out a special necklace to wear on her wedding day. “Of course he agreed,” says Pam, “but he got too sick to go.”
Pam’s voice falters and the tears start. “Veronica was very upset that it didn’t happen because they were very close,” she says. “She was our first grandchild.”
Pam promised Veronica that she would still get a necklace from her grandpa.
“I looked in his jewelry box and ran across a wedding band that I’d bought him in 1967,” says Pam. Nick fought in Vietnam and the couple, married in 1965, met up in Hawaii to celebrate their second wedding anniversary during a break from his tour of duty.
“I believe I spent $70 on it,” she says, smiling.
Pam knew exactly what she wanted to do with the ring – and whom she wanted to do the work. “I knew Hartley Jewelers would be the place to take it because my mother had her wedding ring made there and it was gorgeous.”
She took the ring in and asked them if they could make a pendant necklace out of it for Veronica. Pam wanted Veronica to have something made expressly for her from something special of Nick’s.
Specifically, Pam wanted the ring transformed into an infinity symbol, with diamonds running across it, to echo a similar design element on the sides of Veronica’s engagement ring.
During that initial visit at Harley Jewelers, Pam worked with Ashley who explained that a previous potential client had inquired about a similar design. Ashley brought out a sample made of wax, and Pam knew it was exactly right.
“It was like my husband was with me there in the jewelry store,” she says, remembering the powerful moment. “It was like he was there, telling me what to do.”
Hartley Jewelers has sold ready-made jewelry and crafted custom pieces for clients for 46 years. Some custom projects are created with previously owned pieces, while others begin from scratch. Usually, each project entails sketches and a wax mold as the piece unfolds.
In this case, the design was nearly perfect from the get-go, and Hartley Jewelers simply created the pendant using Nick’s wedding band, based on the wax mold they already had.
Pam asked them to also engrave the words “forever loved” with a heart on the front for Veronica. “And that’s exactly what they did,” says Pam. “It’s really beautiful. I can’t say it enough how much I love Hartley Jewelers.”
Veronica and Brett, who married on December 14th, honeymooned in Hawaii, making the story of Nick’s wedding ring loop around much like the infinity symbol itself.
“They’re going to Hawaii on their honeymoon, just as I was in Hawaii with her grandfather when he got it,” Pam says.
“Now Veronica has a piece of her Grandpa Nick with her always,” she says. “And I know in my heart that Nick is smiling from heaven.”
Submitted by Travis Lind Thornton