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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,804 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Women of Jewelia, Cheryl Jarvis Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781455190966
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When Jonell McLain saw the diamond necklace in the store window, it aroused first desire, then a provocative question: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful, yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? A dozen phone calls and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women, with the goal of sharing it.  

With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, these women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. Soon, sharing the necklace among themselves proved to be the beginning of a profound journey of possibility that would touch the lives of a community.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never before has one piece of jewelry changed the lives of so many women—and created a lasting legacy of charity in the community they live in. I laughed, I cried…now I’m window shopping at Tiffany’s.” 

    Leslie Lehr, author of Wife Goes On

  • “A fascinating journey into thirteen women’s lives. Sweet and touching, it also manages to make you think about what really matters in life.”

    Kathie Lee Gifford

  • “Be prepared to be surprised…an example of how, by bonding together, women can change their very lives in profound ways.”

    Rosemary Daniell, author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives

  • “Enthusiastically read by Pam Ward. Her narration seems to evolve as the group of women bonds through their experiences with the necklace. From a gossipy delivery at the beginning, Ward morphs to a more empathetic tone as Jewelia becomes the centerpiece at fund-raisers and the subject of controversy. Ward’s mature-sounding voice is appropriate for the real-life middle-aged women who tell what Jewelia has meant to them.”

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  • “Both an interesting social experiment and a heartwarming story, Jarvis’ chronicle invites her audience into a world of lively, diverse women, and readers are bound to find them good company.”

    Booklist

  • “This is a feel-good and thought-provoking book that will challenge your assumptions about the value of luxury goods.”

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/20/2014

    " Knowing I would never be able to afford such a luxury I was intrigued to read about women that could. Instead of a "dear diary today the necklace and I went to..." that I expected I found glimpses into the lives of these women. I would have liked to see a bit more, perhaps find out how the necklace is doing today but it was a sweet, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 2/11/2014

    " Very interesting story of 13 women who decide to purchase and share a very expensive diamond necklace. Unexpectedly, the experiment turned into much more than a mere study of tentative capitalism. Rather it became a lesson in kindness, in service, in finding the fun in life, in finding oneself, in sisterhood, in community, in tradition, in the very essence of what is most important in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana S | 2/8/2014

    " I give this book 3.5 stars***! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Robertson | 2/6/2014

    " I thought I would have been more moved by the women's stories. I didn't find any of the women very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting concept to share the necklace among friends and live life as you wear the necklace. My only question was - Don't these women know any women from diverse backgrounds? Guess not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa who loves the library | 1/30/2014

    " This book had the potential to be so much better. I wanted so badly to rate this as four stars but I need to rate it at three. As thirteen women have shared this necklace there were multiple characters to develop and parts of the book seemed disjointed to me. Additionally, I would have wished that parts of the book were not there as this book would not be suitable for younger readers. The idea these women had to come together to make this purchase turned into a remarkable expereience as they were able to meet new friends, learn about self worth, the value of material items and the power behind sharing. It is ashame this book was not better written. The reader for this book was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/26/2014

    " Recommended by Chris Kirschbaum- tells about 13 women who, altogether, bought a 15.24 carat diamond necklace. The necklace and the bonds it creates between the women impact not only their individual lives but influence many other women and the larger community, in a specific way and positive way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/20/2014

    " Perhaps you've heard of this book already. Thirteen women contribute money to buy a diamond necklace worth thousands. This is their story about how the necklace touched their lives, and not necessarily in a materialistic way. To me, the idea of sharing an expensive and using it to serve others was an interesting concept. It's a quick read. The writing isn't super enthralling, but the story is interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Studt | 1/20/2014

    " What a fun book. Men could never do this. I hope the sisterhood portrayed is as authentic as the author makes us believe. Bravo ladies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 1/9/2014

    " Easy book to read. Wished it would have been more detailed. Interesting how it evolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 12/18/2013

    " The book started out amazing. I was hooked and loving it. Then I felt like typical woman cattiness stepped in and it soured the story and the mood of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/18/2013

    " I was looking through my list of books I've read and for some reason saw that I gave this book 5 stars which baffles me(plus my book club ladies hated it). I downgraded it to 3 stars after further reflection. Very light read which I like from time to time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Seta | 11/13/2013

    " Loved the stories the women had to share about their experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Loretta | 11/10/2013

    " Nice to read about friendship and doing good in one's community but this book is sappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audry | 11/4/2013

    " Good book. Awesome idea, touching stories, so-so writing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 9/7/2013

    " Women are so imaginative - we can think of all kinds of ways to dress up and get what we want and need! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/12/2013

    " Thirteen women bond over the shared ownship of a diamond necklace. Interesting stories about each of the women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/2/2013

    " Very interesting book on friendship, sharing and a creative experiment that enhanced so many lives beyond the owners of the necklace. I wanted to wear the necklace for a day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 9/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed this. I would love to know how many other groups have formed because of this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nilda | 8/8/2012

    " bad writing style, really hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Hadley | 6/9/2012

    " Really enjoyed reading about these women and how their lives changed through this special friendship started through a necklace. The power of women is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 12/4/2011

    " Not in a story format, but interesting to see how the necklace changed/affected these women's lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 11/7/2011

    " Nice story, but taking me 3 years to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/17/2011

    " What a cool book! I totally enjoyed this and am inspired by this group of women! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 7/13/2011

    " Like another reviewer mentioned, the idea is better than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/26/2011

    " Excellent true story of how 13 women shared ownership of a $22,000 diamond necklace and how it changed each of their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audry | 6/22/2011

    " Good book. Awesome idea, touching stories, so-so writing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 6/7/2011

    " I'm not entirely sure why, but "self conscious" comes to mind when I consider how to describe this book. The women of Jewelia had a purpose, and I understand that the book is a vehicle for extending that purpose, but it all felt just too, well, purposeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camila | 5/21/2011

    " Very good book, I recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 5/10/2011

    " Read this one on vacation - Loved the relationships between the women, the great times, the trying times etc ... SO glad I read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 5/9/2011

    " I read this for my book club and hated it! If it wasn't for my book club, I'd have thrown it in the trash after 1 chapter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 5/8/2011

    " I totally enjoyed the concept of this real story. The construction of the book was interesting - nice to learn about the women that took the leap of faith and the lessons they learned. I did get a little confused along the way about who the women were. But really enjoyed the idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 5/6/2011

    " easy, light, fun - changed my opinion from the beginning to end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/20/2011

    " An interesting exploration of women's friendship with an unusual gimmick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cari | 4/12/2011

    " What made this book interesting and intriguing was that it was a true story. The concept is unique and the dynamics were interesting to watch play out. Unfortunately, I found it a little boring at times. It wasn't what I expected when I started it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 4/5/2011

    " It was OK. It told of 13 women who bought a diamond necklace and shared it. The group started doing a lot of community volunteering and fund raising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/1/2011

    " I read this book in one day. It was interesting to read about what these women did with a necklace and the lives it changed. Also, it is a true story. "

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