Occasionally at Joslin’s, we have the opportunity to be a part of some very special memories in the making.

We recently created a very special piece of jewelry art for an even more special person: Zoe. Zoe is a beautiful 14-year-old with Usher Syndrome – a condition resulting in gradual hearing and vision loss.

In early 2012, Zoe was officially diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa – a genetic disorder seen in individuals with Usher Syndrome which involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. This degeneration results in the gradual loss of peripheral vision, light vision, color and sharp central vision. Zoe was a young five-year-old when she realized she was having trouble seeing at night. Now, she compares her vision to looking through binoculars – she can only see what is directly in front of her.

Zoe and her cousin, Kassidi

This past October, Zoe started attending the Kansas State School for the Blind to learn how to read braille and surround herself with others who understand vision loss. As one can imagine, losing your vision is an everyday challenge – and even more so when you are transitioning into your teenage years, like Zoe.

With all of the changes Zoe has been going through, Zoe’s cousin, Kassidi, wanted to give her something extra special for her 14th birthday. Kassidi’s mother, Suzanne – one of Joslin’s own beloved employees for the past eight years – knew exactly who would be able to create a thoughtful gift for Zoe – Elicia Joslin!

Elicia, who recently completed her degree in metalsmithing, devoted an entire day to making a unique piece of art Zoe would be able to wear with pride. The result? A silver bar necklace with a raised heart and Zoe’s name written in braille.

When Zoe opened the gift, she was instantly able to feel the braille and read her own name. The experience was so special for everyone involved! Thank you, Suzanne and Kassidi for having Joslin’s create such a thoughtful gift.

Looking to create a custom piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one? Come visit Elicia and the rest of the Joslin’s team. We can’t wait to bring your jewelry vision to life!

Read more about Zoe’s Story and learn how you can help fight blindness!