Recent Inspiring stories from people who have been touched by Janel's designs.
When The Mother and Child® or The Mother and Child® Heart Collection is given or received, it is always an occasion to be shared. Many have written to Janel to tell their wonderful stories of love and have graciously allowed Janel to share them with you here. If you would like to share your story, please e-mail Janel today!

Dear Janel:

I am writing to you to let you know how your design has inspired and touched me. I am a mother of two boys, ages 9 and 6, and am expecting my third child in June (another boy, I'm told). I had worn a necklace with two "boy" charms on it, one for each of my sons. The charms are colored stones in the shape of a rectangle with a CZ head and dangling arms and legs, cute, but almost robotic in appearance. I went to a local jeweler yesterday and asked if they had anything similar that I could add for my new child. I saw these same charms, as well as baby shoe charms with birthstones, pacifiers, and gold cut-out kids that resemble paper dolls. All very nice, but nothing that jumped out at me. They seemed to have a generic, "flea-market" appearance. Then I looked over and saw your design. I was immediately taken by it. I sadly told the jeweler that it was a shame it only depicted one child, since I am a mother of three. She then went on to suggest that I could always add stones for each child. We then proceeded to order my Mother and Child pendant, to be adorned with the birthstones of my three children, an opal, a topaz, and Alexandrite. I was instantly filled with such a warmth and a sense of what a special piece of jewelry this is. It is so meaningful to me. I can hardly wait for it to come in, although my husband would like for this to be a very special Mother's Day gift for me, so I will have to wait. You are truly a gifted artist and a blessing to me. I have been deeply moved by the beauty of your work and will always be in awe of how delicately you have captured the turest essence of a mother's love and tender bond with her child in such a way. Where mere words could not describe the feelings, your creativity has shown pure emotion in elegant form. Thank you for this unique piece. I will be delighted to wear it for many, many years to come.

Linda Genes

Dear Janel:

I just wanted to let you know that I received the "Mother and Child" necklace with a diamond from my daughter on May 8th. My daughter presented it to me at her graduation dinnner for the love and support I've given her from kindergarten though college. It was so touching, there wasn't a dry eye at the table. I couldn't have received a better gift because it was given to me from my daughter with love. I've been a single parent since she was 6 months old and sometimes I would wonder if she really appreciated all the sacrifices that were made for her. Well I received my answer that day.

Thank you Janel. I love my pendant and will treasure it forever, because it represents my daughter's and my love for each other. There really is no stronger bond that the love of a mother for her child.

Thank you again.

Marlene Fenech

From Jenine and Ben

Dear Janel:

I had resigned myself to a childless life until I reached the age of 32. I met the man of my dreams and discovered that he wanted children. That was me, and we literally fell in love at first sight and were married shortly thereafter. We married and had a baby girl two years later. Sandra, she is the best baby ever!! For my first Mother's day, I received on of your Mother and Child pendants as a gift and I will cherish it for the rest of my life. I wanted the first Mothers Day to be special and I looked at many gifts and this seemed to be so great an idea for Jenine. I originally thought I would wear it until she becomes a Mother someday and hand it down to her as an heirloom. I then decided to buy her one of her own instead because I will never be able to part with mine! My husband has since purchased two more of your designs for me because I love them so. every time I wear them, I am reminded of my many blessings and how much my family means to me. Your creativity touches many lives and I want to sincerely thank you for how it has touched mine. The rest of the story is that Jenine and I both exercise frequently and she likes to wear a belly ring. I searched the internet for a "Mother and Child" as a belly ring. When all else failed I emailed Janel's website. I got an answer an hour or so later. Wxpecting an automated response, I opened it and it was a response from Janel herself! Wow go figure... after some emails to determine what I wanted, she custom made me a one-off belly ring with a M&C. Jenine was so surprised and happy, I don't know how the heck I'm going to top it next year. Janel is a super person and a great business person. M&C is the best gift for any mom.

Ben and Jenine