The husband's Aunt and Family sent this bead along with a baby gift a couple of weeks ago and I finally managed to make it into a necklace. I couldn't get a decent shot of the side of the bead, but one edge says "GROW" and the other edge says "STRONG." I am so in love with it and immediately knew I must wear it throughout my pregnancy. It gives off such a good luck charm vibe. A good happy.
The bead I stuck on the bottom is just a glass bead from Michael's. Some of the parts are canibalized from an old, broken cheapo necklace. Some are parts my mom left me a couple years ago when she was in Tucson for the gem show. She is a serious maker of jewelry, who doesn't mess around with glass beads, but uses almost exclusively semiprecious stones. She is a regular at craft shows and, I think, a consignment store or two in upstate NY and has quite a following. Alas, she never wanted to sell online, so I have no pictures to share. You'll have to trust me: her creations are beautiful.