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Peace Dove pin, designer Cecile et Jeanne, France; photographer John Bigelow Taylor.
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  • Title Katrina Pin

    Date 2004

    Designer Unknown, USA

    Materials 18kt White Gold, Amethysts, Diamonds

    Size 2.8" x 1.8"
    (7.1cm x 4.6cm)

“It Would Be an Honor”

In 2006, on a visit to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, Albright was approached by a young man who gave her a small box. “My mother loved you,” he explained, “and she knew that you liked and wore pins. My father gave her this one for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. She died as a result of Katrina, and my father and I think she would have wanted you to have it. It would be an honor to her if you would accept it.” 

Albright wears the Katrina pin as a reminder that jewelry’s greatest value comes not from intrinsic materials or brilliant designs but from the emotions we invest in them. The most cherished attributes are not those that dazzle the eye but those that recall to the mind the face and spirit of a loved one.