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True Tales: The Gallstone Necklace

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Here’s a bead stringing adventure I had about 15 years ago. A lady walked up to the counter with a zip lock baggie full of brownish-colored beads about a half inch in diameter. They were irregular in shape and had no holes for stringing. It seems that the lady had just been released from the hospital and before she left, the doctor handed her this bag full of the gall stones that he had removed from her gall bladder. You guessed it! I had to drill a hole in each one and string them onto a necklace for her to wear. They had the consistency of hard clay and were kind of fragile. The smell during the drilling process was less than desirable. My thought at the time was, “Who would want to wear something around their neck that would remind them of such a painful experience?”
 
DAVID B., 
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA 
 

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