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Donna Schmidt and Maggie's Mission

Meet Donna Schmidt & Maggie’s Mission

The resolve of undying love

We’re always bragging about our customers and over the years we’ve met many amazing and special people. I know every business makes the same claim, but I want to introduce you to one customer that over the course of the past year has profoundly inspired us.

It was a little less than a year ago in July 2017 that Donna Schmidt reached out to us. In her message, she described the necklace she wanted us to make in commemoration of her daughter, Maggie. The loss for her was tragic and very recent, happening a little over a month earlier on June 1st, 2017.  Less than a year before that, in October 2016, Maggie was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer called Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors. In 8 short months, Maggie lost her battle and her mother had to experience the reality of a parent's greatest fear.

Through the design process, we talked on the phone to review the details for her necklace, but the conversations often strayed from design and drifted into the details of the struggle this mother was trying to survive through; her pain palpable in those conversations. These were the kind of talks that keep your eyes glistening as you try to keep composed. In conversation, her longing to have her daughter back hung at the end of every word. In her e-mails,