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The Diamond Declaration

Diamonds-I've always loved them. When I was a young girl, I always thought that diamonds were for the rich, models, and movie stars. I received my first pair of diamond studs at the age of sixteen when my mother died of pancreatic cancer. When this life altering moment occurred, I thought I would wear them every day for the rest of my life.

Years later, my second life altering moment occurred. My father got seriously ill with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I wore my mother's diamonds while visiting my father daily. Why? Maybe it was a sign of things to come. My diamonds, my mother's diamonds, gave me confidence and courage to cope with my father's poor health and ultimately his death.

Little did I know, a few short weeks after my father passed away my biggest challenge lay ahead… I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My diamonds stayed on my ears and eventually grew into a nice small collection of diamonds that I wore throughout my journey. They not only gave me the guts to battle my cancer, but my diamonds helped me to reinvent myself. Why buy a wig, which is temporary, when I can buy diamonds that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Now, wearing diamonds daily is customary, like washing my face every day. When both men and women admire my jewelry they almost always say, "Your earrings and necklace are so beautiful, they look so good on you."

And maybe wearing diamonds is a simple act of valor -- to envision myself as something I've never thought I would or could be.

Stay tuned for more of my story with my book, Why Buy A Wig...When You Can Buy Diamonds! You too can sparkle and reinvent yourself!

Randi Rentz
Penn Valley, PA

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