Meeting Theresa Gray was a real pleasure (one of the perks of this job is the people I meet.)
The Lake Forest resident is the mother of four children (ages 3 to 7). In her spare time (spare time, four kids?) she has a business called Treasures & Jewels. Gray creates and designs jewelry.
The jewelry is made from crystals, pearls, turquoise and sterling silver. You can pick the colors and design of your own necklace, bracelet or earrings.
Gray has designed a bracelet that she calls the "Pink Ribbon" to help promote awareness of breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bracelets is contributed to the American Cancer Society.
Most recently, Treasures & Jewels participated in a fundraiser to support the successful community effort to retain the smaller third-grade classroom size for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
There are items for all ages. The one bracelet keepsake that I liked is the "tooth fairy bracelet." You purchase the crystal bracelet with the child’s crystal birthstone, along with 12 freshwater pearls. Each time the child loses a tooth, she puts the tooth under the pillow. In the morning a pearl is dangling on the bracelet replacing the lost tooth.
The prices are very reasonable, if you are looking for that special gift customized for just the right person. Or, if your non-profit organization is interested in a fundraiser, call Theresa Gray at (714) 273-1305.
Her online Web site is www.treasuresandjewels.com.
(As it appeared in the Saddleback Valley News, The Orange County Register,
Lake Forest/Laguna Hills Edition on Friday, Aug. 27, 2004)