Monday, October 12, 2009

The First Four Days of Sharing the Bliss













Friday, October 9, 2009
I received my Hershey's "Share the Bliss" prize package at work around 10:00 a.m. The FedEx package contained the 16-carat necklace, a copy of The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis, and three bags of Hershey's Bliss candy (I thought I was only getting two!)

At work, I happily shared the bliss of the necklace with my co-workers by letting them all try it on. (Well, actually, I was the first one to try it on!) We took photos of each other and had a blast with the necklace. It is really fun to watch people react to wearing a necklace worth $32,000.

Friday night, my wife Monica and I visited our high school as part of our high school reunion weekend (we went to high school together). She wore the necklace under a heavy coat and sweater since we sat outside in the cold to watch the homecoming football game. I grabbed all of our friends' attention at the game and proudly told them about the Share the Bliss contest. I ended the story by shouting, "and Monica's wearing the necklace right now!" So, of course, we made Monica unbutton her nice warm coat and pull the necklace out from underneath the sweater -- and everybody ooh'd and ahh'd as soon as it hit the light. Boy, did that necklace sparkle!

Saturday, October 10, 2009
Monica and I went to the more formal part of our high school reunion together on Saturday night. It was at Macy's in downtown Chicago. Of course, Monica wore the bling, which complimented her dress perfectly. The necklace was a huge hit. Did I mention how much this thing sparkles?! Photos don't do it justice.

Monica looked fantastic in the necklace and, once again, it was very fun to watch everybody's reaction after learning about the necklace.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Monica plays soprano saxophone in the praise band at our church -- what goes better with a saxophone neck strap than a 16-carat diamond necklace?! Monica was wearing the necklace while she played, and after the service, a lot of people came up to ask her about it because they saw my last blog post about winning the contest.

Necklace Details

I have studied the necklace a lot in the last four days and I thought I'd share some information about it with you:
  • The necklace has a total of 129 diamonds on it (yes, I counted them). 22 of the diamonds can be removed from the back of the necklace to make it shorter. That's how Monica wore it on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The necklace is really, really sparkly. I just can't say that enough.
  • The diamonds on the necklace are smallest in the back and biggest in the middle front. The biggest diamonds in the front are probably somewhere around 1.5 carats each.
Four Days Down, Ten to Go
It has been an exciting first four days with the necklace. I can't wait for what's next with it. I still owe Monica a nice night out with it. And I promised my co-workers that I'd bring it back into work. I'll post more photos soon!

Pictures

The top photos are of Monica and me at our reunion and of Monica at church. The bottom photos were taken of us at work.