After watching space shuttle Discovery launch on its final mission (STS-133) in February, I definitely wanted a more permanent “souvenir” of my experience. Shirts fade, lapel pins get lost, stickers are… stuck to things. JEWELRY, on the other hand, LASTS FOREVER. (Or at least, a lot longer. And we already know I’ve got a thing for jewelry…)
When I first laid eyes on the STS-133 Special Edition Pendant by Aviation Jewelry Designs, I knew I wanted one. Once I saw it in person in November, on a tweep — memorably, in the Vehicle Assembly Building — I knew I had to have one. More precisely, I vowed that once I saw Discovery launch (which was, even at that early point, becoming questionable) I would buy myself one. It was everything I could wish for, and I’m incredibly pleased with the size, heft and lovely detail of the piece. I anticipate wearing it a lot.
I happen to have the pendant’s smaller version, the STS-133 Sterling Silver Charm, sitting right here on my desk, destined to go to one of you lovely visitors!! This charm is about the size of a nickel, and has been fitted with a sterling silver bail to be worn as a pendant. PLEASE NOTE: This charm lists Bowen and not Kopra as part of the crew. Edited to add: The orbiter rises up from the surface of the charm, so there’s lovely depth to the piece!
This piece was generously donated by Aviation Jewelry Designs (thank you so much for this opportunity!) AJD makes gorgeously-detailed aviation jewelry, and I highly recommend you check out their offerings. They are an awesome company, with terrific customer service, and I think I could easily buy any future shuttle-y/spacey items they may offer.
TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this entry (valid email please!) I will choose a random comment on June 10, 2011 using the Random.org random number generator. Winner will be posted on this entry, announced on Twitter and contacted by email for delivery arrangements. Best of luck!
One entry per person. Duplicate comments/entries will be deleted. Play nice, this is my first giveaway!
Edited to add: Since I can’t comment back to anyone, I’m posting answers to questions here:
- Pam: My pendant (the larger size) is slightly larger than a quarter, and more finely detailed.
- Janelle: One of the NASA Tweetup tweeps commissioned AJD to make a 133 pendant, and that was their first “shuttle” piece as far as I know. The owner said he was planning to make 135, and was working on a piece celebrating all the shuttles. He also does custom work, so if you want something in particular, he can most likely do it! :)