This is a favourite piece of jewellery, my cross of nails. It’s three silver nails twisted together to form a crucifix. I saw it at an exhibition some years ago and ordered it. I’ve worn it more than any other piece of jewellery since with the exception of my wedding ring.
Now, I am to part with it temporarily. The designer has found herself in a bit of a spot; she no longer has the original to take casts from and mine is the only one traceable.
I’ve agreed to send it back to her but I already feel bereft. I don’t think any item of religious bling has ever spoken to me the way this did. It’ll only be for a few weeks and it means that the design will be available again to the wider world, which is a great thing.
But I will miss it greatly. It’s only a bit of silver but every time I put it on, it holds such power for me. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I expect to be attacked by vampires when it’s gone. It was just a part of my ready-for the world ritual every morning.
We all need a comfort blanket some times; this was mine.
Edit: just to add that it has no been sent and I have been in dialogue with the silversmith. She is in the process of setting up a website for her creations but in the meantime should anyone wish you order one, please write to:
Susan Bayliss: c/o Centrepoint Christian Centre, PO Box 2156, West Bromich, West Midlands, B70 6HA, United Kingdom.
I will put up a link to her website when it’s ready.