Prof. Jessica Penner | OL05 | Fall 2020

Sarvinoz Erkinova, Meet My Necklace

Growing up as a child, my greatest interest and hobby was sewing clothes and decorations for my dolls just as my mom did for adults as a seamstress. Every day during the summer, my friends would come over to my house and we would make dresses, skirts, and different types of clothes for our dolls from the leftover fabrics of my mom. Then we wanted to do something different. We decided to make necklaces and bracelets. I remember my mom used to have various small-sized beads of different colors and shapes that all looked stunning. We were doing great and everything was looking perfect.

I wanted to be a seamstress like my mom, as a child at least but then was interested to make accessories from her beads, even though it never happened to be as my hobby as a teenager or adult. As I grew older, I wasn’t playing with my dolls as much and spent the summers at camps but I still loved jewelry. I remember on my 12th birthday, my older cousin who was like my own brother gifted me a gold necklace and told me “You could keep this forever, it will not lose color or value, nor it will break easily.” It has a beautiful flower pendant with gold and silver petals. I was so happy when I found out it was gold and used to keep it in a special place and wore it on holidays and special occasions. I became more attached to it after he passed away in a severe car accident when he was twenty-five years old. It is very special for me and I always wear it. And as he said it will never lose its value in my life.


  1. maliklee

    I like how you gave a little back story growing up as a child.I also like how you want to be come a seamstress just like your mom.I feel once you’re able to find your hobby or something that brings you the most joy in amazing.I Love the fact you were able to find the necklace your older cousin gave you.Have you ever considered selling your necklaces especially since a lot of people enjoy shopping at small businesses?

  2. Robert Rampersaud

    I was not expecting to read what happen to your brother. My condolence goes out to you. It makes sense to see what necklace means so much to you. Do you still make necklaces and bracelets?

  3. Saja Musa

    Sarvinoz, I enjoyed reading your story. I am sorry for your loss but I am sure that having the necklace makes the loss a little less painful. It is interesting how items, no matter the monetary expense, possess no value unless it holds the scent or touch of a special person. I believe that he is very close to you as long as you have that item near you. One question I have for you is, will you ever make jewelry in the future to carry his legacy on?

  4. Amna Ahmed

    I like how you’ve been attracted to jewelry since you were a child. You made jewelry from scratch at a young age only to grow up and own real jewelry. It shows that jewelry became a more significant part of your life after the gift from your brother. Do you have another piece of jewelry from your brother?

  5. Dylan

    I really like how your mom influenced you so much. Spending time with friends and making clothes for your dolls sounds like a really sweet memory that you seem to cherish. I’m sorry about what happened to your cousin. Are you still close with your friends from those summers?

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