Lynette Frank, Chief Financial Officer, Ben Bridge Jeweler “My love for jewelry started when I was young and was cultivated by my grandmother, Elaine McConkey. Elaine traveled the world, collecting beautiful pieces to add to her jewelry collection: opals from Australia, diamonds from Africa, gold from Alaska, to name just a few. I remember when […]
“My love for jewelry started when I was young and was cultivated by my grandmother, Elaine McConkey. Elaine traveled the world, collecting beautiful pieces to add to her jewelry collection: opals from Australia, diamonds from Africa, gold from Alaska, to name just a few. I remember when I was a teenager and she and my grandfather came home from their trip to Australia with a bag full of opals of all sizes and shapes. She gave each of the women in the family their pick of the gems and said she would have them set for us for a Christmas gift. I cherish my opal ring and pendant. For my high school graduation, my grandmother gave me a gold nugget on a necklace that had been mined by her father in the Yukon Territory. We have many nuggets in the family, but this one carries special meaning to me, since she gave it to me at a special time in my life.”
“My most precious gift from my grandmother, however, is…my wedding band.”
My grandparents were married on June 20, 1942 in Sitka, Alaska. In Novemer 1991, I was engaged to be married, and without realizing it, I chose the same date as my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Despite the fact that her children were planning an anniversary party for them, my grandmother insisted that we be married instead. At the time of my engagement, she was fighting a long and tough battle with breast cancer. Joy turned to sadness on May 1, 1992 when Elaine couldn’t hold off her cancer any longer. I still had not chosen a wedding band, and I recalled that my grandmother wore a simple gold band that had been the wedding band of her mother’s mother. My grandfather happily gave me the ring to commemorate my special day.
“This ring is over 100 years old and has been passed down to the women in the family. It symbolizes many things to me, including..the strength my grandmother demonstrated in her lifetime. She was the CFO of a company that she built with my grandfather, and I am proud to carry on her legacy, as I have the privilege of being the CFO of a company steeped in tradition and strong family values that are so similar to my own.”
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