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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


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


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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