Ava Rae Necklace
Mother of Pearl with CZ stones on gold filled pendant and chain.
The story of Ava Rae began with an early diagnosis of 98% chance of Down Syndrome.
This surprise was followed by a diagnosis of a congenital heart defect that would require open heart surgery. Our family of 7, which we had thought was complete, was suddenly supporting a tiny 3lb 12oz baby with scary unknowns. Ava Rae quickly taught us that she is tiny but mighty. We threw out all prior conceptions about Down Syndrome. Ava Rae is curious and eager to learn. She’s determined with a full range of emotions (and opinions!). She’s physically fragile, like the soft color of her necklace, yet her spirit is strong and resilient like stones surrounding the cross shape. The cross shape, of this necklace, signifies the faith and hope that Ava Rae has cultivated in our family. From the beginning we have dreamed of Ava Rae meeting her full potential. The center stone in this necklace is starlike, a reminder that Ava Rae, like everyone of us, can reach for the stars.