i have met so many wonderful people through etsy. it's so much fun meeting folks from all over the world...and it's also a nice surprise when you meet someone in your own backyard! recently, i met sweet cristi as a result of her choosing my etsy shop as one of her "favorites". when i noticed that she lived in my area, i dropped her a note to say hi, and before i knew it, we were chatting back and forth. this necklace had caught my eye in her shop, and when she asked me if i was interested in conducting a trade, it didn't take me long to decide which item i would choose! and as beautiful as it looks in this photo, it's even more stunning in person! cristi's attention to detail and level of craftsmanship are above and beyond! she chose some beautiful materials to work with, but i must admit that the silver tree hanging at the bottom is my favorite...inscribed on the sides are the words "grow strong". cristi, this is an absolute treasure, and i so appreciate your generosity! to see more of cristi's jewelry creations, please visit her shop here, and her blog here. click on image for a great view!