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  • Title: The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives
  • Author: Cheryl Jarvis
  • ISBN: 9780345500717
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not only themselves but a community.Four years ago, in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a local jewelry store display window The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative question Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accThe true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not only themselves but a community.Four years ago, in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a local jewelry store display window The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative question Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few What if we shared what we desired Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women, with the goal of sharing it.Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each woman s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women.With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the 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 They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning The they shared with others, the profound this experience and experiment became.Original, resonant, and beautifully told, this book is an inspiring story about a necklace that became greater than the sum of its links, and about thirteen ordinary women who understood the power of possibility, who touched the lives of a community, and who together created one extraordinary experience.
    The Necklace Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and in the process changed not only themselves but a community Four years ago in Ventura California Jonell McLain

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    1. 13 Mark Twain Let us not be too particular It is better to have old second hand diamonds than none at all 132

    2. Well this was different A woman talks a dozen friends into chipping in for an expensive diamond bracelet, which they then rotate among themselves, each keeping it for a month at a time They form a social club and eventually a philanthropic and community service group around it The book devotes a chapter to each woman s background and her reactions to the project As one of the other reviewers on said, the writing is People magazine ish, cheerleading for the group and making excuses for the period [...]

    3. You can read the full review on my blog.In Cheryl Jarvis book, The Necklace, Jonell McClain convinces 11 other women to band together with her to bid on a 37,000 diamond tennis necklace The 13th and most reluctant member is the jeweler s wife They hold regular meetings, they set up guidelines for sharing the necklace everyone gets it for a month , they talk about where the necklace has been and what they ve done while wearing it everything from trips to the gynecologist to sky diving There are r [...]

    4. Ohis book It was just so cheesy to me I mean, the premise itself is a little flimsy 13 women sharing a diamond necklace, and wonderful transformations occur I was suprised to hear their story got all the way to the Today show It s an interesting ideabut come on, worthy of a national show But I held out some hope for it Basically, each chapter introduces each woman her experience with the necklace Since there are 13 women, you get to know one, then you move on the next You barely hear much about [...]

    5. A friend asked me if I would be interested in joining her book club this was the book After looking it up I was hesitant I decided to give it a go was totally surprised that I read it in one day To find a book totally find bits pieces of me in everyone of these woman was amazing I laughed, cried also felt their pain frustration A must read for all woman For me even though I didn t get to wear the necklace I can say it transformed me also without the living experience.

    6. This book is about 13 women who bought a diamond necklace together so that they could all experience a little bit of luxury in their life The 14 chapters in the book each visit one of the women that was involved in the experiment, with the final chapter a reflection of how well things worked The book stated that this was a political experiment, but personally I think that it fits better as a socio economic experiment I thought the best part of this book was being able to see how having a diamond [...]

    7. I came upon this book while browsing the library s new releases I was curious about the story 13 women go together in the purchase of very expensive diamond necklace So I am thinking Ok, this is like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for the baby boomer generation I was also thinking that even at a little over 1,000 per person this is still a pompous think to do Very much like The Sisterhood this book promises that the necklace weaves in and out of each woman s life, reflecting her past, def [...]

    8. I must admit that when my friends said they found the women in this book shallow, I thought they were just being a bit harsh Then I read the book and I don t think they were being harsh enough While I admit that it s a quick read, and that my eyes welled up a few times although I m a notoriously easy weller , this book actively annoyed me These women weren t just shallow, they were self centered and unpleasant There was not a single one of them that I would want to know or be involved with in a [...]

    9. Here we are, women who have been the beneficiaries of education, resources, reproductive choice, travel opportunities, the Internet, and a longer life expectancy than women have ever had in history What can and will we do I thought The Necklace was a unique look into the workings of women s groups and friendship What made the book that much enjoyable is that it is a true story Again, maybe it is just where I m at in life, but this one was a quick read for me I identified with most of the women [...]

    10. Take a 37,000 diamond necklace, one woman with an idea and lots of energy, and a commitment of twelve others and you have a unique story Each woman who buys a share of the necklace, called Jewelia , and they didn t pay full price , does it for different reasons and is affected in different ways The women of Jewelia as a group have a profound influence on the community of Ventura, California, as they use the necklace for fundraisers, to boost self esteem, share it for weddings and share it for fu [...]

    11. 2 1 2 stars This book was lent to me by my good friend MaryLou Unfortunately, it never really held my interest.

    12. I give this book five stars, not because it was exceptional writing, but because it was a thought provoking book This is not a book about materialism It is about relationships, the joy of generosity, and sharing with the intent of making others feel special and loved I also liked that this book is about older women who find it out it s never too late to change your life or do new things This would be a great book club discussion, or a nice one to discuss with a friend or 13

    13. First of all the book itself is just a simple narrative of the experiences of 13 women The writing itself is nothing special so my review is just based on the subject matter Basically it tells of the experiences of 13 woman in Ventura California who decided to all buy into a 37,000 necklace that they would share It seems that everyone who participated did it for different reasons Some women did it to advance their political views, to make a statement about materialism and the nature of wealth Ot [...]

    14. The Necklace wss a Book Club Selection If it were not for the Book Club, I wouldn t have elected to read this book and would have really missed out The premise is to organize a group of women to split the cost of an expensive diamond necklace and set up a system to share it Author Cheryl Jarvis writes, The Necklace can be summed up in a single sentence It s the story of 13 women who transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusivity and, in the process, remapped the journey through [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this book and read it quickly The idea that 13 women could own and share anything was what caught my attention, but to own and share a 28,000.00 diamond necklace just didn t seem possible But they do and the story of how that works is amazing especially considering the diversity of the women Rather than share my thoughts of the book here I d like to share a couple of quotes that will give you a feel for what the book, the women, and the necklace are all about The book begins wit [...]

    16. the premise of this book interested me when i saw it at the bookstore a while back one woman, jonell, finds a beautiful diamond necklace worht over 22k she happens upon the necklace in an upscale jewelry store while on her lunch break, but she can t stop thinking about ite knows she can t afford it on her own, so she devises the idea that if several women shared the necklace, everyone could benefit from its divinenesse finds twelve other women to share jewelia and so the transformation of lives [...]

    17. This is a great story of how 13 women from various walks of life came together to purchase an exquisite diamond necklace, to share amongst themselves The author interviews several of the women, getting their histories and what they did when it was their turn to have the necklace.An interesting concept that turned out a lot differently than Jonell, the person who originally saw the necklace, thought.I found the read to be quite enjoyable, the concept something that I don t know would work for eve [...]

    18. The Necklace is this year s Pink Bookring supporting breast cancer research The idea is that you read a book which honors or supports survivors of breast cancer and or supports breast cancer research Then you send it on to the next reader, including a pink giftie or two The previous Pink Book was The Sunday Night Book Club, which I enjoyed But this year s selection did not do it for me.I do not like diamonds I do not like the idea of diamonds I do not like the politics of diamonds When the book [...]

    19. After the Traveling Pants idea, my friends I talked about sharing a piece of jewelry but never quite followed up on it So I picked up The Necklace to see how it worked It s a non fiction account of 13 California women who jointly purchased shared a 37,000 diamond necklace, in the process transforming the entire group By elevating the act of sharing, the women added new depth meaning to their lives in terms of friendship, charity, kindness a living expression of the maxim it s far better to give [...]

    20. This book was a huge disappointment The experiment sounded pretty interesting, but the book itself ended up as a superficial, boring account of a necklace timeshare The importance of the necklace is ridiculously overstated and, worse, the most intriguing issues were unexplored i.e the juxtaposition of disposable wealth and expressed charitable purposes the reasons several women left the ultrafabulous group the group s annoyance with one member for seeking media attention, but their contradictory [...]

    21. Thirteen baby boomer women in Ventura California pool together their money and purchase a share in an expensive diamond necklace Each woman takes her turn wearing it four weeks a year The book gives short bios on each woman, why and how she became involved, and what happened when it was her turn to wear the necklace.The writing was sophomoric at best If you read People magazine religiously not that there s anything wrong with that then Jarvis s writing style will be familiar Had I based this boo [...]

    22. True story of a group of women who pooled their money to purchase a diamond necklace to be shared among the group It s an intriguing idea, and I liked the angle that these women grew and changed as a result of knowing each other However, the author s writing style was so off putting to me that it made the book unreadable She relies on third person present voice and spends way too much time on overly descriptive details or in relating moods and emotions she couldn t possibly know Do I really need [...]

    23. This is a true story about 13 women pitching in 1,000 each to buy an expensive diamond necklace Then the women get to have the necklace for a month at a time to wear The story isn t the sharing of the necklace, but how being a part of this group transformed many of their lives in dramatic ways While the women had their differences as women will in a group, they came together to help each other as well as to raise money for charities The friendships they had and the times they shared are a wonder [...]

    24. This was one of the fastest reads I can recall off the top of my head In California a group of women went together to purchase a super expensive diamond necklace and then share it In this book Jarvis essentially writes a short profile of each woman and their experiences with Jewelia the club s name for the necklace I am inspired by Jarvis ability to put these profiles together in a way that not only tells the story, but also builds drama and tension as part of each woman s individual profile.

    25. Thirteen women purchased a 30K dollar diamond necklace together after negotiating the price until each paid 1200 Two of the things that they LOVED about the necklace I abhor feeling better about yourself because of material possessions and getting oodles of attention from said material object It bothered me throughout the book Their monthly meetings turned beneficial, as they planned charitable activities and philanthropic events But it s still ironic that an expensive piece of jewelery was thei [...]

    26. This is one of those times where I wish there were one half stars so I could have given it 4 1 2 I was captivated by the concept of what the necklace did to change positively the lives of it s joint owners as well as the community at large Jarvis put their tales together in a very readable manner The final chapter really makes the reader appreciate the incredible risk, success, diversity, creativity, etc of the women who are owners of the necklace.I really love reading about the power of women t [...]

    27. This is one of those how did I find this again books.I think I saw it on and was intrigued by the premise 13 women sharing this necklace and how it all worked out But it was an interesting story The women were all very different I was struck by how all of them really wanted needed the connection with the other women I am thankful for the women in my life, in my circle of friends But I don t think I d want any part of sharing jewelry with them

    28. I orginally bought this book because it is about a group of ladies local to me While it was interesting to have local places pop up in the book, the stories of the women were not compelling at all In fact about half way through the book, I simply skimmed the rest I wanted to like this book, but ultimately Cheryl Jarvis just didn t make me care enough about the story.

    29. Not my favorite book from this book club, and def could ve been better written the phrase breezy take on an important issue comes to mind but it had some heart to it, and encouraged good discussion about personal luxury, materialism, and social conscious raising It didn t make me think too much while reading it, but it made me think afterwords, and that counts for something

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