The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by

Mar 1, 2011

When Jonell Richardson McLain falls in love with a diamond necklace far outside her price range, she gets the brilliant idea to gather a group of women who, with combined purchasing power, can share the $32,000 necklace. That she could gather thirteen women, all willing to commit to the project is amazing, but she was able to cut a deal with the owner of the jewelry store if she included his wife in the group.

At their first meeting they hadn’t even decided how they would share the necklace, but soon decided that the necklace would pass to a new group member every 28 days. She could then do what she wished. Most of the women found that sharing the necklace, not only amongst themselves, but with others as well was a great pleasure.

Group dynamics, being what they are, play a huge role in the story of the necklace. While it brought transformation, comfort, joy, and even charitable contributions, it also brought the requisite conflict which forced the women to examine their motives and dust off their ability to compromise.

Written by Helen H.

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