Back in the 1980s, necklaces called beggar beads were popular. Chunky pieces of quartz, agate, and semi-precious stones in irregular shapes were strung together with beads. I loved mine, and wore it frequently. Unfortunately, the string broke and the beads and stones scattered. I salvaged what I could but ended up giving the remnants to a friend to use in her craft projects.

A few weeks ago, I had a whim and googled “beggar beads.” Lo and behold, an array of similar necklaces popped up on various sales sites, and I found one very similar (if not identical) to my old favorite. Thanks to the miracle of internet shopping, my old favorite has been restored.

It was such a small thing, but I wear them with a great deal of pleasure. They remind me of fun times from the past, as I enjoy them now.