Lisa Leonard Designs

*new friendship necklace {giveaway}

September 15th | older posts

friendship-necklace
introducing our new friendship necklace.  a sterling rectangle (1″x1/2″) is adorned with two sweet flowers, strung on sterling chain with pearl detail.  so simple and organic.

youme-necklace

and meaningful.  because as i’ve gotten older, i’ve realized that good friends are hard to come by.

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it seemed to easy to connect and hang out when i swam in high school or lived in the dorms during college.  now with kids and work and all kinds of activities, i find it harder to connect with my friends consistently. let alone make new friends.  it takes time to trust someone, doesn’t it?

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my friends are honest, kind, generous and patient with me.  it’s easy to pick up where we left off when we haven’t talked for six months.  and they understand when i have to cut coffee short to go pick up a sick kiddo from school.  and they tell me when i hurt their feelings–instead of letting distance and misunderstanding creep in.  what are the most important qualities of friendship to you?

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leave a comment and tell us what qualities of friendship are most important to you.  in a week, we’ll randomly choose two winners for the new friendship necklace!!

524 Responses

  1. Friendship to me is about acceptance and trust. You really can’t truly have one without the other.

  2. Kris Kuderer says:

    Characteristics I look for in a friend are: loyalty, trustworthy, honesty and patience.

    I love the new necklace -

  3. Julie says:

    Friends are trusting, honest, reliable, and fun.

  4. Honesty and humor.

    What a gorgeous new design. I love it!!

  5. Anna G says:

    I value honesty, openness, truth. My dearest friends are those who love me as I am, but aren’t afraid to speak into my life the words of truth which I so desperately need!

  6. Sarah says:

    Friends are the ones who love you no matter what, who “just get you” and who would show up at your door as fast they as could if you needed them.

  7. Ashley says:

    Honesty is the big one. The test of a great friendship is being able to tell them something without fear of losing them as a friend.

  8. Kendra Stiles says:

    Reliable and honest…I have a great group of friends like that that I treasure!

    Great new necklace – I LOVE it!

  9. jill watkins says:

    The most important thing in a friendship is honesty! 2nd is trust. When you have those two – you have a good friend!

    jill.watkins@gmail.com

  10. amyks says:

    A true friend is someone you may not see a lot, but when you do get together you can pick up right where you left off. Comfortable, like a cozy sweater.

  11. Kay says:

    That no matter how long in between when you see other or talk it is comfortable and understood. I have one girlfriend that just seems to think we have to “work” on getting together more often. Life is sometimes too crazy! I do my best. The necklace is absolutely beautiful.

  12. kelly says:

    taking time and being there. ;) This is the perfect necklace. You’ve done it again!

  13. Maria says:

    Honest and Trustowrthy… Someone who knows all your secrets but will never tell! Beautiful Necklace!

  14. Caitlin says:

    for me, it’s being vulnerable with one another. whether that means not wearing make-up, singing at the top of your lungs, or letting them be with you for a good cry.

  15. Rachel says:

    someone who doesn’t walk away when you’re walking through painful days

  16. Ellie says:

    As I’ve grown older, the friends I cherish the most are the ones I can turn to when I’m at my worst…time and time again. They’re the ones who don’t judge. But in the same vein, they’re also the ones I turn to when I’m at my best and they fully embrace the joys in life. So, I guess it’s the few who can be truly present for all the ups and downs.

  17. Ellie says:

    The necklace is a gorgeous tribute to one of the most special relationships. Thanks!

  18. Andrea says:

    Reliable and trustworthy are two very important qualities in friendship. This necklace is lovely!

  19. Jan says:

    Beautiful!

    My friends are loving, supportive and honest. That’s what I value most, I think.

  20. gillian says:

    transparent and honest, supportive and loving…PRAYER PARTNER! I would love to honor my bff Cindy with this beautiful necklace! She has been an incredible blessing in my life and I thank God for her every day!

  21. Mary says:

    Love this new design! Absolutely beautiful!

    When I think of my best friends, I think of belly laughs so hard and long that you can’t even stand up anymore.

  22. Nicolle says:

    The greatest characteristic in a friend is that fact that she will never judge you for something you did (and feel horribly about). That’s how is is with me & my best friend. I can tell her anything & I know she will never judge me (& I would never judge her). We met in the 3rd grade & have been besties ever since. Both of us have brothers so we were like each others sisters. I was made of honor in her wedding & she will be the same in my upcoming wedding! Yay!

    I LOVE the new necklace!

  23. Sallie says:

    it’s hard to say what quality is most important. i guess just plain LOVE.

  24. Naomi says:

    Love.

    I had to move away from my best friend Beth – I was only moving two hours away and she (who is not an overly emotional person) hugged me and cried in my driveway on moving day.
    Our friendship adjusted to the distance.
    In January Beth will be moving across the country. We only have 3 precious months to absorb each others company before it will become a rare treat and a longed for memory.
    But I know our friendship will never fade out because we love each other.
    So love.
    Love endure all things.

  25. Brooke says:

    It’s about always being there. No matter what!

  26. Tranae says:

    those that you can talk to once a day or once every six months and it is still the same. genuine and honest

  27. Brandi says:

    Trust. I agree with you. It is hard to keep up with friends, let alone make new ones with small kids. My 2 best friends EVER……my sisters….I love them. <3

  28. Jennifer says:

    Friendship to me means so many things…
    I live 9hrs from my best friend..I miss her terribly.
    She is the sister I never had.
    She is honest, trustworthy, silly, always there when I need her, and most of all she loves me for me.
    She is the best and I would love to be able to give her this wonderful necklace.

  29. Sarah W says:

    What a beautiful necklace! I know who I would give one to…..

    My friend Amy that I’ve known since I was six. She’s been through everything with me. Though a big ocean separates us, she’s always been there for me and most recently she came to visit me in Africa to see my life as a missionary. When we said goodbye she stood in tears and said, “Now I understand why you do what you do!” We can pick right up where we left off and she’s like a sister to me. I am blessed to have her in my life and glad to call her my best friend!

  30. Kendall says:

    In 2007, my husband and I moved 8 hours away from my best friend to attend seminary. And she sat in the car and cried with me the day before I moved. But, our friendship has lasted and she’s still my best friend and she’s only a phone call away. So, I think that loyalty is the best quality in a friend.

  31. JD in Canada says:

    The friendships I value the most are the ones with a symbiotic nature, where it’s a give and take, a complete sharing of life, love, hearts, good times, not-so-good times. We uplift each other, learn from each other, teach each other, support each other… where our differences compliment each other, and our similarities bring us closer together. When time goes by and we know we’ve both been too busy to nurture the friendship, we understand, and we pick up from where we’ve left off.

    I call these friendships “Sister-Friends”.

    These friendships are treasures, precious jewels that must be nurtured, valued, guarded, appreciated. They are a gift from God.

  32. Heather says:

    A friend is someone who is always “present” in your connections and no matter how far apart you may be a simple phone call can feel as if you are sitting over coffee in the same town…it’s comfortable…just like a short, 1%, half caf, carmel mocha, stirred with light whip. :)

  33. Bethany says:

    I could write a book on friendship, but I’ll spare you.

    To me, true friendship is what the others have said, but it is also made of people who contantly encourage you to be better. They know your failings and love you anyway, but it doesn’t stop there. They’re willing to say the hard things, or do the hard things, or pray the hard things to move you closer and closer toward the person God intends for you to be.

  34. Julie says:

    Friendship is about trust to me. I don’t think you can truly be friends without a good background of trust :)

  35. Abbie Toy says:

    There are so many qualities that I value in a friendship – but the two that seem the most important to me are warmth and kindness. When I talk to my best friend I feel like I’m “coming home.” Love the necklace and would love to give it as a gift to my dearest friend! Thanks – Abbie Toy

  36. Janelle says:

    Two years ago I moved to Mexico to work at a children’s home. I so appreciate that when I go back to the states to visit that there are friends I can just pick up with and it is like I never left.

  37. Sarah Butler says:

    Real friends are timeless. Stand the test of time. Honest with feelings and generous with love and understanding. Quick to forgive, slow to anger. Willing to stick up for you no matter what. Friends are ones who over time become a part of your family. You start calling each other’s parents, mom and dad. Their siblings are yours and vice versa. Laugh with you until you cry and feel like you had the best abs workout. Cry with you and comfort you when you are down, hurt or just emotionally drained. They step in when they need to fill a gap. Or step back when they feel it’s too crowded. But are always secure in the friendhsip. Friends are ones when you go to college and don’t see them for four years but you both find you way back home and pick up right where you left off, never letting go again. Ahhh, I love my friends.

  38. Stacey says:

    Certainly patience (I can be so busy and consequently neglect my dear friends – they are wonderfully patient with me)… and genuineness. I love having honest conversations about our lives, good and bad. What a wonderful token of friendship that necklace is – I would love to share it with a friend going through a tough time right now. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  39. Kristin says:

    My best friend is the ones who doesn’t care that I haven’t called in weeks because they understand my crazy schedule. A friend is someone who will sit and listen while I complain about things going on and then make a joke to make me laugh. A friend is someone who makes me feel safe and like I am “coming home”. I am lucky to have a few women like this in my life…and they know they can always come to me too!

  40. Helen says:

    understanding! compassion

  41. Wendy says:

    A true friend is someone who you can be yourself with – someone who quietly listens and supports you during tough times, laughs with you during joyful times, and is the first person you think to call when you have news.

    Then necklace is gorgeous…thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Andrea says:

    Definitely trust, honesty and someone who makes me smile when I think of the time that I have spent with them.

  43. Debbie says:

    honesty & openess and that we can laugh together!

  44. Erin G says:

    To me, friendship involves trust and making the other person a priority. Only a few friends completely exhibit this in my life, and they are all the more treasured because of it.

  45. Linda Mills says:

    There are a myriad of qualities that constitute a great friend…..the qualities vary depending on the person. My bestest girlfriend has a wonderful sense of humor, would help me in a sec, loves to exercise, loves to drink light beer on the beach, pokes fun of herself, and encourages me at every turn to never give up! I love her and appreciate her. She is also a cancer survivor who has never once felt sorry for herself….she is amazing!

  46. Mim Owen says:

    For me, it’s about understanding one another, being tolerant and patient. And having fun as well as the serious stuff.

  47. Torri says:

    Constant. We are the same today as we were 30 years ago. We laugh at our daughters, who look just like us – and were born 5 days apart. Love the necklace – I am the short flower and she is the tall one.

  48. Jen says:

    Friendship to me is being there no matter what. Through the good and bad. The best kind of friend is one who will encourage you in the things of God, who will hold your hand through the hard times, who will be honest with you and isn’t afraid to hurt your feelings because at the end of the day, she knows your strong enough to take it – even if it does hurt at first. Friendship is about seeing the other person the way God sees them because there will be times (ok, most of the time) we don’t see ourselves that way and we need a friend to say, “You’ve grown so much in the Lord. I wish you could see what I see.” A true friend won’t just say they are praying for you because you are always in their prayers. Friends aren’t just friends – they are our sisters in the Lord.

    *Beautiful necklace. Awesome representation of friendship.

  49. Andrea T. :) says:

    Oh I LOVE this one! I think the best qualities in a friend are honesty and faithfulness. Someone who will stick with you through thick and thin but isn’t afraid to tell you those words you really need to hear, even if you don’t like them :) .

    I’m so glad I have a best friend of 20+ years who shows both of these qualities. I think she’d love this necklace.

  50. Cathi says:

    Like you, I have grown to appreciate my friends more and more. One of the key qualities that I’ve found in my friends is the ability to ‘go there’- whether that be with honesty, and telling it like it is, or just being able to be silly and ridiculous in a way that can’t always be let out in day-to-day life. I adore your jewelry, and your blog, Lisa!

  51. julie says:

    listening to each other
    having time to travel together
    answering long emails
    being honest even if it is hard but helpful ;)

  52. Sarah says:

    Oh, my! I was just looking at this (and will probably be ordering if I don’t win) for my dearest friend R. She lives in California (I’m in IL), and has been my best friend since college. We see each other once a year at best, but have many heart-to-hearts over the phone, email, facebook, etc. She’s volunteered to come stay with us in December after the birth of our second baby to help with whatever she can… and this just blows me away, since she’s only working part time while finishing her master’s degree. It’s a sacrifice of time and resources on her part, and I think that’s what makes her such a great friend. She’s willing to go the extra mile, whatever it takes, to love a friend.

  53. stephanie says:

    a true friend is patient, kind, and most of all supportive. she prays for your success along with her own. she loves your family as if it was her own. and she MUST laugh and laugh often!

  54. Theresa says:

    I have been blessed to have a group of amazing ladies as a friend base. Some of us have been friends for 30 years. The quality I cherish the most is the compassion and loyalty we have. No matter wher we all are we are right there if needed! I love them all!

  55. Daisy says:

    THere is NOTHING better than friends!!! I am so blessed to have WONDERFUL ones, and that they love the Lord and honor Him with their life is the greatest characteristic a friend could have. Right after that being that we have things in common, love our kids and have fun and laugh together. THey need to be trustworthy (not usually a problem if they love the Lord, lol!) and a good listener. Friends are the BEST and I’d love to have this necklace to give to one who has a birthday coming up soon!
    Thanks!

  56. Absolutely beautiful. I love it.

    I honestly don’t have a lot of friends. I used to. But people get older, go elsewhere, change goals…It’s been hard for me. Honestly, my sister is probably my best friend. We don’t always get along. But we work it out. Last week we were yelling at each other one minute, and laughing at an inside joke the next.

    Forgiveness is a big deal for us. =)

  57. Loyalty, Honesty,Trust,Good Listener are very important to a friendship.But their are so many more…..love the necklace.

  58. MrsBagley says:

    A friend is someone you can be honest with, even if it’s going to hurt. Thinking about my answer, I’ve decided there are some things I need to be honest about with a friend… so, thank you for making me stop and think.

  59. Amanda says:

    Definitely honesty and loyalty. Someone I know won’t turn their back on me when things aren’t going right. I also need someone I can talk to! What a beautiful new necklace. Thank you for the giveaway!

  60. erin says:

    Sense of humor, support, understanding and having fun!

  61. Friendship to me means being able to just be yourself with the other person, my bff and I have known each other for 24 years and we are only 36! I love that….over the years we have been with each other through a lot of relationships, bad decisions, weddings, babies, jobs, parents illnesses, sibling junk, financial woes….I love my bff….could not imagine my life with out her

  62. Emilee Sefton says:

    I love this new necklace! Funny, I was just having a discussion with a good friend about the qualities we need in a friendship. No more of the “shallow” friendships, we need a deep one. One that will encourage us to be our best, spiritually and emotionally. Someone we can gain wisdom from, and share the good, bad and ugly with!

  63. cheryl says:

    my oldest, dearest friend is honest and true. she always follows through with what she say and she can make me laugh like no one else. she doesn’t judge, but will always listen with an open heart. she has faith in me as a person and she loves me no matter what. the necklace is just beautiful and i would be honored to give it to my best friend if i win! i’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  64. Britiney says:

    A listening ear without fear of judgment or reprisal. Someone who loves me even though I’m completely screwed up!!

  65. Lovely! If I won this, I’d give it to my sister. We fought like cats and dogs when we were young but have grown to be great friends–she’s always there for me and is a great cheerleader.

  66. Joy says:

    humor and grace. love the new design!

  67. Tami says:

    Honesty and openness are the two characteristics I admire most in people. The new necklace is BEAUTIFUL!!

  68. shannon stinson says:

    hi lisa….
    this is beautiful! i would love to win this to give to one of two of my friends! they are so special to me! one is like a sister, i have known her my whole life! she knows pretty much every corner of my life! my other friend, she is my “soul” friend! she knows every corner of my soul. God blessed me with her friendship when i needed someone to understand me….who knew my thoughts before i knew how to put them into words! through her friendship, God has brought many revelations into my life over the last couple of years….and i have bloomed because of our friendship. she compliments my life in so many ways that my soul needs! i am so thankful for the intimate friendships the Lord has put into my life! this is beautiful….and speaks from the heart!

  69. Jen White says:

    friends remind you when you are taking yourself or life too silly, make you laugh, cry with you, and then come back for more the next day!

  70. Christy says:

    Friendship is being able to be yourself, make each other laugh and know that you can always count on each other, bring out the best in each other. If I win, it goes to my soulmate Julie. She is my sunshine.

  71. Jenna says:

    a true friend means being able to understand and accept one another right where they are at. even when its messy, and undone they are still there to listen and help pull you back together. a true friend is caring, supportive, loving, honest and can make the toughest situations easier to go through. :)

  72. Melissa says:

    Wow!! LOVE the new necklace!

    Since I’ve become a parent , I think what has meant the most to me are friends who are going through the same parenting difficulties and who want the same things for their children – to love the Lord and do His will.

  73. Erin says:

    To me, one of the most important things about friendship is the follow through. I know I’ve found a good friend when they are there for you when they say they will be, and keep their word on promises and commitments made. :)

  74. Sandy says:

    I love the new necklace! Good friends are hard to come by, so cherish the ones you do have. I love the simpleness of your designs and your blog. Bless you.

  75. Kristi F says:

    A true friend dances in the rain with you and holds the umbrella when the rain is coming down too hard!

    Your necklace is lovely as always!

  76. Emily says:

    Right now many of my oldest friends live in other states. One of the qualities of our friendships that is important to me is the fact that no matter how long it’s been since I’ve talked to them or seen them last we always just pick right up where we left off….

  77. Jennifer L says:

    The qualities of friendship most important to me are loyalty, honesty and humor.

    I love your designs! This necklace is beautiful.

  78. Erika says:

    Friendships withstand the test of time, travel, and tears:)

  79. SarahBfromMN says:

    honest, good listener, encourager, accountability partner, shared faith – those are the qualities i cherish in my best friends. beautiful necklace, per usual *smile

  80. Melissa says:

    What a lovely necklace (absolutely adorable!!) and important message about friends! My best friend and I lost touch a few years ago which broke my heart . . . Now she is going to have her first child this week and we have renewed our friendship in the past few weeks . . .she’s scared about becoming a parent for the first time . . . I’m so happy that she has turned to me with her fears and asking for advice . . . it means that our friendship was never truly lost, just misplaced for a while . . . thanks for the reminder about good friends!!!

  81. Kathy says:

    My favorite qualities are honesty (sometimes brutal if necessary), fun, like-mindedness (believer), ability to make me smile even when I don’t want to! I am so blessed with some amazing women in my life!

  82. Jennifer says:

    The qualities that I admire in my friends are honesty, sincerity, and a common love of Jesus Christ. As I have aged I have realized that friends change and that is okay. . . but your true friends will always be there for you . . . even if they are new friends.

  83. Angel Sarchett says:

    Friendship is being there when you need each other – laughing together thru the good times and holding each other thru the bad times. It’s a call or a txt just to let the other person know you are thinking about them and hoping they have a wonderful day. =)

  84. Andrea L says:

    Trusting, when we let each other just be ourselves, and sometimes hold each other accountable. For me a Christian friend makes a huge difference, simply because we are on the same path with the same motive in life. We fellowship sharing what we’re learning and know.

    Great necklace!

  85. Amber says:

    The most important to me is honesty. I just realized it about a year ago and am so thankful I did!! I encourage all of my friends to just be honest with me and I’m hoping they are. :-)

  86. Amy says:

    My favorite qualities in my best friend are her loyalty, kindness, patience and her sensitivity to situations. While I was trying to have my first child, she got pregnant with her second and third. She never talked about her pregnancies unless I asked first (which I did often – she’s my best friend!) because she knew how hard it was for me to see and hear about peoples babies. I now have my little miracle and we are enjoying our girls growing up together. I’m so thankful to have her in my life.

  87. Karen Brown says:

    My most treasured friends are the relationships where there is no judgement, just acceptance and love for the person God created them to be. My dearest friends are the ones I can call anytime, for anything and I know they will be there for me or my family…to hear my sorrow, laugh at my mishaps and pray for me always.

  88. Rebecca says:

    I admire friends who love the Lord & desire to serve Him with their whole life. Picking up where we left off is another thing (like you mentioned Lisa) that makes a friendship last through time and distance!

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  89. Bonnie says:

    My friend Betty died this year of cancer and she taught me the qualities of a true friend – kindness, shared faith, positive support at all times. The necklace is beautiful!!!!!

  90. Leann says:

    What a beautiful necklace. True friends are hard to come by, so when you find one you are so lucky.

  91. Shannon says:

    Friends are kind, loyal, available, trustworthy, fun, and share same interests.

  92. Melinda says:

    I think that acceptance is one of the most important things in friendship. To support another person in something you do not necessarily agree on it the true mark of friendship.

  93. dear lisa!

    i started reading your blog just a few days ago and i am absolutely hooked – with your inspiringly beautiful jewellery as well as with your sweet little stories about your family and your life together. thanks so much for sharing.

    taking each other the way we are, looking past our flaws and loving each other anyway. passing and accepting criticism whithout getting hurt. forgiveness. inspiring each other. honesty. helping each other out. sharing good times but also bad times. being there for each other. talking on the phone every once in a while, even if you currently live thousands of miles apart. – that’s what friendship means to me…

    i think, you don’t need to have millions of friends; or let’s better say you can’t have millions of true, close friends. if you only have one person in the world you’d call a true friend, you are already blessed.

    xo,
    julia (from austria/europe)

  94. what a sweet and lovely necklace! friendship to me means loyalty, transparency, and non-judgement. thanks for this giveaway!

  95. Tonya says:

    To me, a true friend is the one who can see through your fake smile and knows you’re not fine even though you say it a thousand times; comes a-runnin’ when she hears your house has been broken into; leaves work to bring you a diet dr. pepper when you’re watching her kids and have no soda in your house; tells you when you’re being a total shrew to your husband; loves your kids as if they were her own; doesn’t pass judgement when you order a side of ranch to go along w/your chips and salsa; makes you laugh ’til you cry or wet your pants; prays for you and with you…can you tell I’ve got an amazing bff?! ;)

    I love your new design!

  96. Carolyn says:

    Friendship means loyalty through good times and bad.

  97. Teresa says:

    Someone who understands even when you can’t put it into words.

  98. Tara says:

    great new design! a true friend is someone who supports all of your life endeavors and holds your hand may they be good or bad….

  99. Leslie says:

    honesty and putting forth the effort

  100. Bethany says:

    I’m with you: honesty is key. Facing the good with the ugly. I also think prayer among friends is huge. Knowing that someone will go with you before the Lord when in need – amazing. And of course all those things that are among the obvious: someone you can laugh with, who understands your weirdness, someone you love and can be there for as well. A friend that will let you be their friend just as much as they will be yours.
    Beautiful necklace! You are truly a gifted artist! I love looking at your jewelry and pictures. Gorgeous!

  101. BeverlyK says:

    A true friend is someone who is there for you when things are going well and when they aren’t. She is a listener and a confidant, but also someone who will tell you the truth even when it hurts. A true friend is a treasure in life.

  102. Brianne says:

    friendship is about trust, love and honesty… you need to be able to laugh and cry together!!!
    i love the new necklace!!

  103. megan says:

    I moved recently to the other end of the country and I will tell you true good friends are hard to come by- I value honesty and sincerity. I good friend can make you laugh at yourself when times are tough, and give you a hug any minute of the day. Would love the necklace- it is sooo sweet.

  104. Sarah says:

    a true friend is someone who will just listen. someone that can talk, laugh and cry with. someone who understands my crazy quirkiness and excepts it. someone who gives good hugs.

    hope i win this necklace! :)

  105. Melissa says:

    I have found that the easiest friendships I have are with people I have fun with and have things in common with. When you have kids doing activities every which way, it’s easy to maintain a friendship with those other parents who are doing the same thing. My best friend, of 20+ years and I don’t really have much in common anymore. We are still friends now, because we talk, a lot. We are more like sisters, but we still laugh our heads off together!

  106. marla m. says:

    honesty and laughter.

  107. Love, understanding, compassion, and someone I can trust my life with. I especially cherish a friend who I can call and cry to and laugh with. I am fortunate to have a few people in my life who fit these characteristics and I can call them my BEST friends. I would love an opportunity to give a necklace to them.

  108. Brittany says:

    Dependability.

    My best friend is now living in a different city. Even though we are separated by 2 hours, I know that if I ever needed her help or support she would be here in less than 2 hours. And the same goes for her. I would be there as fast as I could if she ever needed anything!

  109. Kris says:

    A good friend is someone who will scrape you up off the floor, dry your eyes, and have something funny to say that will make you laugh.

  110. Shannon says:

    A good friend is one who is there for the good times and the bad. They know when to laugh with you and when to cry. Good friends are hard to come by but they are such a blessing.

  111. Robbin says:

    The old saying (not sure of the exact quote): A friend is someone who knows everything about you…and loves you anyway, just like Jesus. A couple of things about my best friend is that she is there when I need her, she encourages, she shares her struggles freely, and now that we are apart from each other, figures out ways to keep in touch – we even figure out ways to meet each other, either halfway or she comes to visit (well, once, but, hey, I’ll take it). I can trust her with my own struggles and we have times of laughter and fun. And I love the necklace.

  112. Steph says:

    honesty and acceptance. Lovely new design

  113. Mel says:

    Kindredness and companionship without judgement!

  114. Janice says:

    I love this new necklace! Definitely putting it on the Christmas list for my BFF! She lives 3K miles away but we talk/txt/email daily: she encourages me in righteousness and loves unconditionally. Its very mutual!!

  115. jamie says:

    just rekindled a friendship after not seeing heather since 11th grade. that was 25 years ago. giving, caring, honest, loving, makes me laugh, dependable, always there. and so much more.

  116. allie adams says:

    Friendship is trust an unconditional love.

  117. Aby Garvey says:

    What a beautiful necklace and great giveaway! Thank you, Lisa!

    The most important qualities for me in a friend are a sense of humor and a love of chatting. :)

    My fingers are crossed…

    Thanks!

    Aby

  118. April says:

    I love your new design. What I look for in a friend is someone that doesn’t judge everything you do and accept you for who you are. They don’t try to change you to “fit” into what they want.

  119. Katie says:

    My best friend Jenny recently moved away and I miss her fiercely! We used to live 4 minutes apart and would constantly be at each others houses. While the kids played, we would sip coffee and chat. So fun! Now that she’s gone, we still talk on the phone everyday, but it’s just not the same. I would love to be able to send her this necklace to let her know how important she is to me, no matter where she lives!

  120. Jenny D. says:

    My friends are spread out among a variety of different states and we don’t get to see each other very much. But we always know that we’re only a phone call away from being connected. Distance isn’t an issue for true friends!

  121. Noelle White says:

    I have always said that you are given your family but your friends are something that you can choose. With that being said, my friendships are full of support, encouragement, laughter and NO GUILT. We are all busy women and the last thing we need is to feel guilty for not being able to get together, or return that phone call. Friendships should be about joy and I thank God for my great group of friends.

  122. Jennifer says:

    I like honesty. I don’t have times for games. I need a friend who will speak the truth in love. I also really appreciate someone who shares similar values.

  123. Darcie says:

    Friends will call you out when you’re being stupid, and you don’t mind because you know they have you’re best interests at heart. Friends will laugh with you and listen to you blubber for hours about boy troubles. Friends encourage, love, and bring out the best in you.

  124. Priscilla says:

    my best friend and I became friends in 1975 – she helped me as a newby in the community and I helped her by getting her in Bible study and bowling :) We have not lived in the same town for 30 years, but thanks to instant messaging we “talk” often – her friendship means perserverence in adversity as well as joy in blessings (thank you, Roget!!)

  125. Karie says:

    Two qualities that are important to me for friendships are honesty and openess. I want someone to be honest with me and open to be themselves when we are together.

  126. Shelly DeBoer says:

    a friend is someone who loves you for who you are (flaws and all) and you love them just as they are. A friend shares the adventures of life with you, the joys and the sorrows. I also think you need to have a friend you can laugh with ( from the belly, can’t breathe kind of laughing)

  127. Julie says:

    Loyalty and honesty and trust for me. And of course love!

  128. kelli says:

    what a gorgeous necklace!! i so value a friend who is just who she is…no fluff, no pretending and also one who loves me just for who i am:)

  129. Paula Warlick says:

    I am so lucky to have a great group of friends that I can rely on. We would do ANYTHING if we needed to for each other and know that they would do the same too. We are all so busy. Some of us have kids and others are empty nesters – but we always stop what we are doing to get together every Sunday to knit and gab! We also get together on Monday evenings too. My friends are important to me now that I’m older. I really value their friendship and all of their experiences that they have to share. When I moved here 6 years ago, I only knew my husband’s family – and they are part of my circle of friends- but I know that this group of friends are like my family too! (without the strings!)

  130. Wendy Sanchez says:

    Friendship to me is when you meet up with your old college friends for dinner and end up with matching tattoos! Thats how you know you are true friends! :)

  131. Lourdes says:

    So many qualities are essential, but when you’re having “one of those days” a good friend is always there to listen, help and make you laugh. Suddenly you know you’re not alone.

  132. Laura says:

    Love the necklace! Friendship is always being there for each other. Someone to tell you those shoes are ugly, no matter how comfortable they are.

  133. Linda Z says:

    I think understanding is important in a friend. Understanding each other’s differences and rejoicing in commonalities.

    Beautiful necklace. :)

  134. Elizabeth says:

    Humor, honesty, and understanding! The necklace is beautiful.

  135. Maureen says:

    Since most of my very closest friends live half-way across the world from me, communication is the most important to me. I have friends that I literally am not able to see for years, but when we finally catch up, its like we were never apart. This is so important to me. A friend who no matter where in the world I am, I can always go to her with anything, and I know she’ll be praying for me.

  136. Faith says:

    I think that trust and compassion are the keys to a successful friendship. Someone that you can confide in and laugh with. My friend Denise would look lovely in this necklace.

  137. Daniela B. says:

    The most beautiful thing about friends?To meet each other and go out for a coffee,after a long period of distance (some friends live far from me!),and to see that we are still as binded together as the last time we met! :-)
    Ps:lovely necklace! :-)
    Daniela
    http://www.ilcoltellodibanjas.blogspot.com

  138. phinner says:

    sharing and holding the light when the other can’t

    : .)

  139. Kristin says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the necklace!!!
    A true friend is someone that is honest, understanding, kind and trustworthy. My best friends always want what is best for me, are not afraid to tell it like it is, and are the people I love spending time with. They are the first ones to hear the good news and the bad. They are also the ones I laugh the hardest with. I am blessed to have the friends I do!

  140. Kathy says:

    Friendship is hard to come by – I didn’t realize that when I was young. I’m 47 now, the kids are grown and there have been a couple of moves along the way and life – life can be hard and it has totally changed me, I’m not the person I used to be. I didn’t know I wouldn’t alway have a good friend, oh I’ve got acquaintances, neighbors, that sort of thing, but I miss those deep friendships that I once had. Actually though, sometimes friends can take the place of God if we’re not careful, and I believe that’s why I’ve had this “dry” season in my life. I believe I looked to friends sometimes when I should have been looking to God. Be sure to give God 1st place in your life and the rest will fall into place.

  141. Jessica says:

    beautiful necklace.
    my friends are patient with me as I’ve been traveling for my work for the last year and a half; they cherish time spent with me and spend time communicating with me via the phone, email, blogs, whatever when I am not a short drive away.

    And my friends make me laugh. We find humor in the days and that’s a sweet kind of golden lining that I never want to miss.

  142. Corinne says:

    Such a pretty necklace!

    The qualities I look for in a friend are honesty, a good should to lean on, and trustworthiness. And the capability to listen, and offer creative criticism.

  143. I am a missionary kid turned missionary mom, and for me friendship is sharing life and staying faithful even across the miles.

  144. Lisa says:

    Friends are there when no one else is. When the world turns away, true friends remain. You know you have a true friend when you can pick up the phone and reconnect with someone as though no time has passed.

    Thanks for the give away! : )

  145. Jenifer says:

    I love this necklace, it is so beautiful! A friend is one that loves you when you are unlovely and also not for what they can get. A key that can help relationships is giving. What a friend we have in Jesus! And he gave the ultimate gift, his life, for us! ♥

  146. Ann Marie says:

    My best friends are understanding and kind and will help out at the last minute when I need them, even if it’s totally inconvenient.

  147. mel says:

    what a beautiful necklace! I look for someone who is honest and trustworthy. Someone you can laugh with is a must! :)

  148. Cathy says:

    friends don’t judge, listen well and offer advice when asked to!

  149. Jenn P. says:

    Listen and Understand!

  150. Jess says:

    That necklace is darling!
    Just 2 qualities? Caring and witty.

  151. Angie Kerr says:

    Friends are there for you, no matter what, when you need them. Trust and laughter are extremely important, as well!

  152. Jackie says:

    To me a friend is someone who is reliable and loyal, funny and positive, and someone who can take a few minutes out of a busy day every once and a while just to chat.

  153. Lori says:

    Love the new necklace. Must have!!!!!
    I don’t have many friends as it is difficult to put the time into a new friendship when you have a child with special needs. But my dearest and closest friends are those that are always there when I need them no matter how long it has been since we spoke. They cheer me up and let me know I am loved and everything will be alright. I can count on them no matter what.
    ~Lori

  154. someone who is willing to call me out when they see fault.

  155. melissa says:

    the necklace is beautiful, you always make such lovely designs!
    friendship to me is based in honesty and trust, with definitely a big helping of laughter and love!

  156. Jennifer says:

    I just love it that my friends are available to me and that they are girls – I love my husband, but he’s a boy and just doesnt’ “get” every emotion that I have! I love the little flowers on the necklace – almost like little button holes.

  157. Sarah says:

    I think that honesty and humor are two of the most important qualities. Having a friend be honest even when that might be difficult. Also having someone to giggle with when things are great as well as tough. My best friend is my sis!
    Love the necklace! Your designs are inspiring!

  158. rachael s says:

    honesty + love

  159. C. Beth says:

    I’ve been learning a lot about friendship lately. I value friends who love me as I am.

  160. Holly says:

    Honesty and a sense of humor. I need someone who can laugh with me when my day is just not going right!

  161. Tiffany says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I think the most important qualities are listening to you – REALLY listening to you – compassion and the benefit of the doubt – with those I believe, love, honestly, and being trustworthy come naturally.

    Love your jewerly and website!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    xo
    Tiffany

    P.S. I have signed my name with xo for YEARS – :)

  162. erin acosta says:

    friendship to me means loyalty, acceptance, someone who will be there for you no matter what, someone that you can call at 3 am and know they will come immediatly. that person that no matter how much time or distance comes between you they will be there!

  163. Heather says:

    You can always rely on a true friend. They’ll be there for you for whatever you need, willing to drop their own issues or tasks that may not be as important.

  164. donna says:

    Honesty and loyalty
    this is my first visit. I was just introduced to your jewelry on friday through an email from Dayspring.
    yesterday, a client walked into work wearing one of your necklaces and I recognized it immediately!
    i am ordering one for my daughter-in-law for Christmas.
    thanks,
    donna

  165. mel says:

    two qualities that are most important to me in a friendship are just “being there” for each other and communicating. lots of communicating. :) i love that we have all the types of communication we have now, from cell phone calls, texting, emailing, facebooking. so much easier to keep in touch during the busy kid-raising days we mommies have. :)

    i love all your designs, lisa and i’ve been looking for just the right one for a very dear friend of mine. this one will be perfect!

  166. nicole says:

    non judgemental, honest and fun to be with!

  167. Jennifer says:

    A great friend is someone you can always be yourself with and who will always be real with you. Someone you trust to tell you to encourage the good in you and kindly point out flaws that need worked on. Someone who shares your most important values.

  168. natalie says:

    My friends are great because they are EASY…and they KNOW me. They make fun of me, they laugh with me, they make me forget TIME. I love that about them.

  169. Sylvia says:

    I don’t have a sister, so my girlfriends are like sisters. We have grown together, married, had babies, all the while keeping our relationships intact. I love my “hens”.

  170. Laury Booy Hoganson says:

    Faithful, honest, dependable, and has to have a sense of humor (a silliness factor ;) I have a special person I’d love to give this to. She probably has no idea how much she means to me.

  171. Christy says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway! Your talent is amazing, and your words always inspire. To me, friendship is an understanding heart, one that (as you said) can pick up 6 months after having to hurriedly end a conversation in a mini crisis, and just never made it back to the telephone. Life has a way of sifting out true friendships.

  172. Laura says:

    honesty and loyalty are a must!!

  173. Becky says:

    Loyalty and always having fun!

  174. Carol Walter says:

    Faithful, is the word that comes to me. The Lord has blessed me with faithful friends. One I have had for over 50 years!

  175. Deb says:

    a good friend…someone who isn’t afraid to be real & someone who isn’t afraid to laugh at herself

  176. Colleen says:

    I have no sisters so my friends fill that spot… trustingm faithful, loyal, honest and always there!

  177. Shari says:

    I have come to know friendship’s true meaning as my sister and I have grown older, she is 7 years younger than I am, and we have grown so much closer as we get older. FAMILY means true friendship, Nicole is my best friend.
    Love the necklace, one more awesome creation! Thanks Lisa.

  178. Karen says:

    Good, True Friends are hard to come by for sure! I love the kind of friend like you described, of being able to connect in minutes if you haven’t seen them in 6 months! Blogs are so great for helping to stay and feel connected in each other’s lives. The necklace is adorable! I would give it to my friend Kris who I have known for almost 30 years (of course we weren’t really friends when we were 2, but it’s amazing to still be connected after all these years!).

  179. julie says:

    friends are honest and understanding!

  180. Tracy says:

    someone you can just be yourself around, and who will act a little foolish with you every once in a while on purpose is a real friend…I also agree with you about “picking up after you left off” after 6 months (or even more!)~ someone that you can grow with, even if you’re not right there with them the whole time… The real, true, and best friendships are few, but GOLDEN! Beautiful design, as always ~ the simplicity is just perfect!

  181. Tracy says:

    By far, my favorite of your sweet designs! I found it hard to make friends until I turned forty. I was a young bride, three kids by 26 and I just didn’t connect. Now I have more friends that I can keep up with. The most important trait, that they love me even when I can’t be available to run around, talk on the phone, etc. When I haven’t talked to one of them for months, pick up the phone and we pick up right where we left off. I LOVE that. And that is hard to come by. Real friends aren’t needy.
    Keep up the great work girlfriend!
    t

  182. Someone who is honest and not afraid to tell the truth. My closest friends are not afraid to help me correct my bad attitudes and negative comments. They love me enough to be that honest with me. Not to mention they all have a sense of humor and can be silly and immature with me.

  183. Mindy May says:

    The most important part of friendship is being there for one another. It is easy to let laundry, dishes, and whatever else is going on in your life to let go of your friends. Friendships are based on communication and you need to sit down and call your friends.

  184. Desiree says:

    accountability & someone who is able to laugh.

  185. Linda Cernetic says:

    I would give the necklace to my friend Bonnie who has been my friend for 55 years, we are both sixty this year. It was in her home that I learned how to love and what a Mom and Dad should be, she shared her parents with me always, and when they went home to heaven, none of our mutual friends were surprised to see me there with her, I can not see her for years but when we do we pick up where we left off and she is my greatest encourager (besides my husband) She also knew me when and still loves me!

  186. Candy Foster says:

    Oh, this makes me miss my best friend. She moved away about 10 years ago. I can’t pin-point the exact characteristic that makes her so special . . . she just is. It’s amazing how 600 miles, 10 years, and 7 kids can’t change a thing–or at least not the important ones.

  187. Cass says:

    loyalty and comfort!! (feeling utterly comfortable and vulnerable with them)

    and yes, good friends are priceless!

  188. Melody says:

    Vulnerability and, not sure what the actual word for this would be, but just being able to sit in the same room and not have to talk….being comfortable that way. I have such wonderful friends. We all know each other through our church, and we’re kind of like our own big family since most of us don’t live in the same city as our parents. Being single 20-something’s, it’s so nice to have our close group of friends!

  189. Marina says:

    My friends all have that same quality as yours – that we can go 6 months with forgetting to return phonecalls but no-one minds and when we do speak, it feels just like the last time was yesterday. Loyalty is something I really treasure.

  190. Susan B says:

    A friend is someone who accepts you as you are flaws & all! A friend is someone you can be yourself with. Friends are so important in our lives. You necklace is SO beautiful!! I’d love to give it to all my friends.

  191. Kristin says:

    I agree, good friends are hard to come by. I think the best friends are those that you might not see all the time, but you can always call no matter what and pick back up where you left off. Them knowing your faults and weaknesses and still loving you in spite of them.

  192. Whitney says:

    I have to agree that it is harder when we get older to make and even sometimes keep good friends. I like to have friends who we can do things together and tell anything too and they will listen and give me advice. I like to have fun and want someone that likes that. I think it is also important to be loyal and trustworthy! A true friend is all of these things and more…..friends really do help to make a bad day bright in ways that others cannot!

  193. Amy says:

    Someone who is always willing to love you even when you are unlikeable. A friend is someone who helps you make lemonade when life hands you lemons. –Amy

  194. Eilidh says:

    Honesty, trust -the most important to me. I am lucky to have a few v close friends, plus those I have in my husband and my mum. I hope in time that my girls will feel that too as they grow.

  195. Gin says:

    Beautiful! I’m getting married in the spring and this would be a perfect gift for my two bridesmaids!!!

    Qualities in friends, trust and compassion. A little humor wouldn’t hurt either! :)

  196. Heather says:

    In friendship, humor and trust are the most important to me. I need to know that what I share in confidence with my friends, stays that way. And of course, there always needs to be laughter!
    What a beautiful new design~love it :)

  197. Tricia L. says:

    Acceptance, trust, brutal honesty, and of course lots of laughter, all make up the perfect friend.

  198. Jennifer Hart says:

    My most important quality in a friend is honesty. Being honest with your own feelings and speaking your mind and not going just with the crowd. My second favorite quality is having a sense of adventure and spontenaity.

  199. Andrea says:

    I have been blessed with some wonderful friends! They are faithful, honest and kind hearted. Most importantly, they love to LAUGH…the kind of laugh that makes your stomach hurt!! True, genuine friends!

  200. Judy says:

    Caring, there through thick and thin, honest, trustworthy.

    The necklace is beautiful.

  201. Amy says:

    Beautiful new design! Honesty, sense of humor and understanding.

  202. Caralyn says:

    Grace. A friend needs to have grace…*I* need to have grace. Cute necklace!

  203. Maya says:

    OMG, I am looking for a birthday present for my friend and this will be perfect!

    True friend is the one that is always there for you even when you do stupid things. One that does’t play silly games and is always honest with you (if you want so)

  204. denise sullivan says:

    My friend Mary defines the beauty of friendship. She helps me prioritize my worries, we laugh about things we’d cry about otherwise. We held each other’s hands when we lost our dads. She talks me off the ledge and reminds me who I am when I am having a bad day. A good friend is loyal and knows who you really are (and still loves you).
    Despite my lust for Lisa Leonard jewelry I would give her the necklace if I won it!
    (Thank you for your inspiring website. It always makes me feel good).

  205. Amy says:

    I good friend is someone who doesn’t judge and who will always stick by you through thick and thin. And when things are tough, they will make you laugh or be there to give you advice. It’s funny how as you get older you have so many different kinds of friends. It’s not like high school or college. As you get older, you have your “childhood BFF”, your “work BFF”, your “other mommy BFF”, your “single BFF.” I really cherish the diversity in those friends. Each is there for you for a different reason and I feel very lucky to have an awesome group of friends. I would just have a REALLY hard time deciding who to give the necklace to!!

  206. Tiffany says:

    On an intimate level, honesty & loyalty. But there always has to be humor & a sense of adventure for the good times.

  207. Robyn says:

    Friendship to me is: honesty, understanding and acceptance. Sometimes I worry that I have not been as good a friend as I can be and maybe those that I think I am close with don’t feel the same way. That is why honesty is most imporant…if I have been selfish, hopefully my good friends will tell me so! LOVE the new design and I know exactly who I would give it to!!!

  208. Christina says:

    The key, for me, in friendship is dependability. I love being to depend that someone will be there when I call. I depend on them to be honest and trustworthy. There are obvious things that anyone would like to have in a friend: kind, honest, share things in common. But to be dependable, amidst all the things life throws at you- that seems to be a rarer quality.

  209. Sara says:

    I love it when I don’t see a friend for a long time and we can just pick up where we left off…..low maintenance is good. I treasure all of my friends.

  210. Vicky says:

    My ladies must be dependable, honest, trustworthy & beautiful (and I don’t mean pretty)! Must also be excellent listeners, shoulders to lean or cry on & love cocktailz-n-cnversation, which is one of my personal favorite pasttimes!

  211. Helen says:

    A friend is someone thats with you thru the sunshine and the rain.. both bring us closer and let us bloom.

  212. Wendy C says:

    I cannot express how much I LOVE this necklace! I have a friend who has been by my side in my ups and downs and vice versa. What a beautiful way to express love and gratitude for a friend! BEAUTIFUL!

  213. Kim says:

    Friends love and respect,never give up and don’t spill the beans!

  214. Christina says:

    My best friend Kate embodies all of the qualities of an amazing friend: she’s honest and dependable, has a great sense of humor, and is caring and compassionate. I’m pregnant and plan to name the baby after her if it is a girl!

  215. Susan C says:

    Wow – I LOVE that necklace. Friendship is so much and I my “bestest friend in all the world” and I have been friends since 5th grade and we will both turn 52 in just a few months! We are always “there” for each other – whether in person or on the phone. We’ve “been there” for each other in births, deaths of loved ones, marriages, divorces, graduations – you name it, we are “there” for each other. I know that no matter what happens I can just call her and she’d be “there” and she knows the same of me. Thanks for letting me share and I’d love to win this necklace! It would also be cute to have a “friends” necklace that had a flower on each necklace and when together they were complete!

  216. erin taylor says:

    This is GORGEOUS! I know just who I want to give one to. The two qualities I choose as important in a friend are honesty and kindness. They’re inextricable from each other to be a good friend.

  217. Vicki Spencer says:

    I am so lucky to have a group of pals that I have known for over 20 years…some of them for over 30 years…we laugh together and cry together and I cant imagine my life without them. They are my family!!

    P.S. I have a BFF that just found out she is going to be a very young granny and I bet she would love this necklace =)

  218. Gretchen P says:

    Friendship is about the good times and the bad times. It’s being able to do nothing with someone and love every minute of it or to cry on their shoulder. The friends in my life make it so much better and richer!

  219. Katie says:

    Friendship for me means being able to just be myself – warts and all.

  220. Valerie Ross says:

    Hi Lisa,

    My 2 best friends don’t judge me, and don’t give advice (something my husband can’t NOT do when I have a problem!). They just listen, and I know I can tell them anything. I’d be lost without them.

    I love the new necklace, I’m going to order for both of them I think.

  221. Denissa says:

    Trust and acceptance are the most important to me…there is nothing like having a friend that you know truly loves and accepts you no matter what your faults or short comings may be.

  222. Alana says:

    honesty, understanding, compassion…founded in faith, truth and love…and lots and lots of laughs!

  223. Jessica says:

    Reliability…I have two friends who are the best and every morning we are there for a each other via email. We haven’t missed a day emailing since we all graduated college and moved away over 8 years ago. Just knowing they are there for me and will listen to my venting, marriage/kid stories and I can be there for them as well.

  224. Jessi says:

    Friendship is complete trust and knowing that your kids have one more person who is irrationally crazy about them.

  225. Kori says:

    Since my husband just passed the end of August I have come to learn that good friends are always there and dependable.

  226. Amanda says:

    honesty, encouragement, and the ability to laugh.. I wouldn’t want a friendship without these elements!

  227. Kelli says:

    My favorite kind of friend is the one that, when she calls you or you call her, she gives you no guilt trip about being out of touch. She is just so thrilled to be talking to you and that gives you the freedom to talk without feeling bad or upset that you went so long with no communication. I think that is the sign of someone who truly loves you and wants to hear from you!

  228. Cheryl says:

    This is a beautiful necklace Lisa. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

    Friendship to me means being honest, compassionate, forgiving and always laughing!

  229. Kathy Caplinger says:

    I just love that I have someone I can be myself with and tell them everything and feel “safe” doing so. It is a priceless gift to me!

  230. Courtney Welch says:

    Trust and honesty are probably the most important qualities I feel I look for in a friend. Im 18 and already in my short lived life I have really found that good true friends are hard to come by. I have very few what I consider true and unconditional friends, someone i feel loves me for who I am as a person and I could go to with anything and they would be there for me. My best friend Kaleigh, although the miles between Scottsdale, AZ and Seattle, WA keep us apart and we see eachother not as often as we would like, wether we talk once a day, week or month, she is the one true friend I know would always be there for me at the drop of a hat and I would do the same for her . Each and every moment we do get to spend together makes memories that will last a lifetime.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day!

    Courtney

  231. Kari says:

    Friendship is one of God’s richest blessings to us…a true friend is a friend of the heart, one who’s always there for you ready to drop anything and come to your side. A true friend is faithful, honest no matter what and accepting…loving the good, bad and ugly…seeing your greatest potential and believing in you even when you don’t. ~ A Beautiful Necklace, as always!!! :)

  232. JulieB says:

    The best part about old friends is that you can pick up right where you left off no matter if it’s been a few days or a few years since you last talked!

  233. Traci Severson says:

    Understanding and support is key and being able to just be who you are, no matter how crazy is fun. It’s great to have a friend you can just let loose and pull out your inner child with and know you aren’t being judged or looked down on and I am blessed to be able to say I have a friend who is just like that and it’s been so much fun to get together weekly and just let loose regardless of whether or not it is an hour over coffee, through our e-mails or a trip to our local antique store. True friendship is a beautiful and very rare thing, indeed.

  234. Amy says:

    a true friend is there for all of the little things in life, not just the big things. and you are there for hers. she is supportive and knows when you need advice and when you just want her to listen. when you finally have time to get together with her it’s like no time has passed at all. she understands you better than almost anyone. you can totally be herself with her. she really truly cares about you.

  235. Laura Root says:

    Honesty, love, understanding! I am so blessed to have this in my life! I love your new necklace!

  236. Sarah says:

    I wouldn’t be where I am today without my friends. Honesty and respect and trust are the three characteristics I value most. YOu know that you have a true friend when you can trust them to tell you how it is in a way that values and respects the choices you have made. They don’t always agree with your choices but true friendship walks alongside you anyway. I love my friends and would walk over hot coals for them, and I know they would do the same for me. xx

  237. Cheryl Sims says:

    Oh my gosh, is this ever a beautiful necklace. The gift of time is impt. in a friendship. Time to listen, time to understand, and time to laugh. thanks for the chance to win.
    Cheryl Sims

  238. Sarah Mann says:

    The necklace is beautiful and I love it!
    The friendship quality I am thinking of is acceptance…makes me feel safe to know I have friends who love the “real” me, even though I’m far from perfect!

  239. Cindy says:

    A soul sister, plain and simple. Someone who I know that God has placed into my heart to share everything with me. An angel on the earth who will come over in the snow in her husband’s slippers because I needed her…..

  240. Carmella says:

    It’s beautiful, Lisa! Friendship is being genuine without reservation!

  241. Dawn Suzette says:

    This has been on my mind lately with my friends so far away… Finding that person with which you can be 100% yourself and have it feel 100% natural and easy no matter how long it has been. I have only found three people like that in my life. I married one of them and the other two are much too far away right now!
    Lovely necklace Lisa! Thanks for offering a sweet giveaway!

  242. BettyC says:

    Such a beautiful new design! My college rommate & I have an enduring friendship, after all of these years. (45, to be exact!) I would say that to be comfortable with each other is important. If I’m chosen to receive one of these pretty necklaces, I would give it to her.

  243. Bailey says:

    For me, a true friend is someone who loves you for just being you.

  244. {{* *}} Laura says:

    Truth ~
    worn on her face..
    lived out in her life.

    Mutuality ~
    makes us kindred.

    In creating us to be human,
    God was most gracious to give us friends along our path.
    I am most grateful for mine.

    The new pendant is a perfect depiction of friendship…
    growing well together ~ joy in the journey.

    {{* *}}

  245. Brittany says:

    a good friend is someone that is always willing to listen and we can both be ourselves together!

  246. clare says:

    Just being there for each other at anytime of the night or day, knowing I can make that phone call & she will be here in minutes

  247. Holly L says:

    Friends accept you for who you are…they love the good, the bad, and the ugly. They know the real you and are the ones you can lean on. They have an open mind and an open heart. They are the ones you can laugh with until milk comes out your nose!

    All of your work and your blog is wonderful! The necklace is beautiful. I have already put the bug in my husbands ear that I want the family crest necklace for our wedding anniversary (which is so very soon!), and I hope to get one for my mom too!

  248. Kaye says:

    I love the fact that I never have to explain anything to her, because she knows me so well and that I never have to wonder how to be with her. And laughter.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  249. Dee says:

    A friend must be trustworthy and kind. A best friend will know me better than I know myself, yet love me anyway. The truest friend will tell me the truth without hurting me.

  250. Lisa says:

    I love this necklace! Friends are someone you can be completely yourself with and they love you because of it.

  251. Jodie Castle says:

    I have 2 amazing friends who have always been there for me. They are the type of friends who are brutally honest and will drop anything when you really need them. Trust, loyalty and laughter are most important.

  252. Julie Long says:

    I’m not sure I can enter this contest since I won the little play house (Thank you!) and I’ve purposely not entered other contests for this reason…..but this post just really struck home with me and friendships have been on my mind and heart lately. You are so right that now as we are getting older, with kids, school, work, hubby’s, etc, there is little time to really make new friends and barely enough time to feed our standing friendships. But I’m realizing that *true* friendships, the ones exactly like you described, are so rare. I love honesty, humor and just a sweet, kind hearted friend.
    :)

  253. Sherri Couture says:

    most important is listening. . .and my best friend kobi listens to me and she tells me like it is. i love her!!!

  254. lisa says:

    Friendship is a precious gift. It is someone who honest, great listener, there for you in good times and bad, loyal. Friends are an important part my life and people that I truely cherish in this world.

  255. Lori Tacchino says:

    Two of the greatest movies on friendship-”Beaches”and any of the Anne of Green Gables series. I love how Anne describes her best friends as “bosom buddies”. I believe you can never have too many friends-they are so important to me! I love when each new year starts and look forward to seeing how many new friends God will bring into my life and actually keep a journal of new friends I meet each year-weird, huh? My favorite kind of friends are those who are like the sister you never had-you just click on so many levels.

  256. Abbey says:

    I would definitely say trust is the core quality of my friendships. Trust that if I confide, it won’t be shared. Trust that they will speak when there are words that need to be said (either in correction or encouragement). Trust that we can share the nitty gritty of our lives and there will be shared laughter or tears… It definitely helps to have things in common, and to be able to laugh a lot too!

  257. Jenn says:

    My best friends are loyal, compassionate, and kind. They are sensitive to others’ feelings and considerate. They are unbiological sisters. They are unselfish & giving of their time and support. I couldn’t do without them!

    I LOVE the necklace. Beautiful, Lisa!

  258. Alissa says:

    Friendship, to me, is connecting with each other in a deep way. I’m a college student, and I have found a wonderful group of friends and cherish their friendships so much!

  259. Jen L. says:

    Two things I look for and value in a friend are loyalty and a willingness to laugh! =)

  260. kristen hebert says:

    I love the new necklace.

    My friends have to make me laugh and support me and I try to do the same!!

  261. Steady, constant, honest. Patient, willing to listen (’cause I talk a LOT), accepting of my flaws.

  262. jami says:

    Honest, patient, open minded, talkative, and full of laughter most importantly. Friends are a true blessing and when you find a good one, hold on tight to them!

  263. Gayle says:

    The best part of any friendship is sharing experiences, then remembering them years down the road. They just get sweeter with time!

  264. being able to tell me to my face something i shouldn’t be doing is the most important quality i look for in a friend. i also am partial to friends who make connecting a priority, even when they’re busy.

    LOVE this and want to gift it to my best friend from childhood to present who lives in Vietnam serving our Father there. of all my friends, she is the longest standing and most loyal. thanks for the opportunity to win!

  265. Kristen G says:

    I love friends that you can be honest and vulnerable with. Friends that are loyal and love you despite your flaws! Friends that you can cry and laugh with.

  266. Jennifer says:

    Love the necklace!!

    A true friend is someone you can call up and pick up where you left off even after many years. It’s someone who you can always count on, no matter what. :-)

  267. beth says:

    only two qualities…okay here goes….

    1} to listen and not say a thing when the words of love or hate or despair come pouring out of me…let me pour myself out….and then you can talk and help me back to a level plateau….

    2} laugh with me all night long, while we watch old movie re-runs and drink a few too many “hard mike lemonades” and eat too many sour cream and onion potato chips, while talking about all the people we went to high school with that thought they were so cool back then and now are losers :)

  268. Lauren says:

    friendships are very…complex, to say the least. they can be rewarding yet hurtful, sweet yet spicy, comforting yet exhausting! i just love how God made people with SO many different personalities! we have the social ones, the shy ones, the sweet-as-can-be ones, the tough ones; and so many more!

    yet the friendships that we all cherish are the TRUE ones. nothing can beat the loyalty, devotion, and love of a true friend; and it all starts with ourselves. BEING a true friend is the only way you will ever have a true friend. =]

    i absolutely LOVE this necklace! i actually saw it when i was feeding david, haha! really adorable, i’m definitely buying some! see ya later! =]

  269. Laura says:

    After quitting work to stay home full time with my baby (now 5 and big sister to a 2 yr old) I found my friends falling away. I could no longer chat about what was going on in the industry we worked in, and they didn’t care to hear about which Wiggle was replaced and how much Sesame Street had changed. My new friends are moms of my daughter’s friends. So for me, friendships envolve around common interests.

    Beautiful necklace!

  270. Jenny V says:

    I cherish my friends tremendously!!! They are open and honest and that’s what I love about them. They are always there for support and definetly there whenever I need a hug or some cheering up. And we all are good listeners for each other. I LOVE this necklace and would love to give them each one for Christmas!!

  271. Pamela says:

    What a beautiful & simple friendship necklace. I have a very special friend whom I know would cherish this necklace as a gift.

    Pam

  272. Elizabeth says:

    Loyalty and a free-spirit

  273. Nancy says:

    my best friend is the one who I can call up after not seeing her for a few months and we can pick up where we left off- she understands a busy life and sometime there are things you have to do, even though you would rather be with her. She lets me complain when I need to and she makes me laugh when I need that. A friend like that is a precious gem! i love the necklace- please add my name to your generous drawing. Nancy

  274. stacey says:

    LOVE.IT!!

    My dearest friends are funny, understanding, faithful, trustworthy, insightful, and real. Those are the qualities I value most!

  275. Andrea says:

    A friend is someone who can be honest at all times, even when it hurts.

  276. aBBY says:

    honest, fun, loving

  277. Jamie says:

    The best friends are the ones who stick around not only through the good times, but through the bad too.

  278. Kathy says:

    It’s hard to narrow it down to two but I’ll pick trustworthy and an ability to have fun.

  279. Alex says:

    true friends ask how you are, without needing to talk about themselves instantly.

  280. Linn says:

    I think the best friends are genuine, generous with their time and compassionate. I’ve had my fair share of fair weather friends – the best kind are ALL weather friends.

  281. kristen says:

    honesty and just being real…no fakers wanted. :)

  282. erin scudder says:

    friendship means love, respect, trust, and lots of long chats over coffee :)

  283. Marnie says:

    True friends are honest and trust worthy, they just get it when no one else does.

  284. Robyn says:

    The necklace is lovely!
    Acceptance and unconditional love are the most important things I share with my 2 best friends. After 20 years (we met in college), we’ve needed our fair share of both to remain friends. :) But we’re stronger than ever even though we live in 3 different states and only see each other twice a year.

  285. Mary B says:

    this is beautiful. sometimes the only person in the world you need is your best friend.

  286. Madeline says:

    Honesty, caring, and fun!

  287. Elizabeth says:

    What a beautiful necklace! A great sense of humor and being trustworthy are at the top of my friendship list. :)

  288. Kendra says:

    For me friendship is all about the 3 L’s- love, laughter, and loyalty. I may not have a ton of friends, but the ones I do have will last a lifetime!

  289. Daniele says:

    freinds are those that you look forward to spending time with, when you can totally be yourself…then when you think of the memories of your time together it brings an instant smile to your face (and to your heart). Beautiful necklace!

  290. Becky says:

    Your jewelry is beautiful! True friends are hard to come by. I value a friend who is honest, funny, real, and dependable.

  291. Shannon says:

    It’s unconditional love – the sister God did not give you! They laugh & cry with you :)

  292. Lindsay says:

    Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer. ~ Ed Cunningham

    That pretty much sums it up for me … one of my favorite quotes … and so important to remember in this “hustle & bustle” world :)

  293. Debbi says:

    I like my friends to be honest and share openly. I like them to listen and respond. I have wonderful friends and for that I am truly grateful.

  294. Lindsay Murdock says:

    Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer. ~ Ed Cunningham

    That pretty much sums it up for me … one of my favorite quotes … and so important to remember in this “hustle & bustle” world

  295. Birdie says:

    Wow! Your new necklace is so beautiful! Thank you so much for the chance to win one. My closest friends are kind and gentle, trusting and I can always count on them. I know just the person who I would give this beautiful treat to.

  296. chelsea says:

    Hi lisa,
    I believe friends should be open, honest, loyal & loving. Simple but true :-)
    love Chelsea
    PS love new design :-) :–)

  297. Anne says:

    My friends are kind, honest and care for my family almost as much as I do. Anyone of us would drop everything in a minute to help out a friend in need. Oh, they are also silly…the best kinds of friends are the ones you can sing in the car with ;)

  298. Kristen says:

    What an amazing necklace. Also, really enjoy the inspiring blog. Friends are genuinely kind and natural, understanding and non judging. There when you need them or not ;) Open to having you.

  299. angie says:

    OOOOH! You’ve done it again, Lisa! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!
    The qualities important in friendship (to me) are: honesty, humor, trust, dependability, & being unconditional.

  300. michelle says:

    Great Necklace! I have to have TRUST in my friends. I also want to have FUN and have no DRAMA!! I have a great group of honest and beautiful FRIENDS…….. :)

  301. erind says:

    My best friends are the ones that I can not talk to for months and once we do- it’s like we’ve never missed a beat. I love your necklace- it’s gorgeous, just like all of your work!

  302. angela says:

    Careful understanding and a meaningful sense of trust are two of my favorite qualitites in a friend. And, I am loving that beautiful necklace and your blog is the Cat’s Pajamas!!!

  303. Angela says:

    OOOOO I have to get 2 of these either way, The 2 upmost important values in friends are Trust & Truth whether we want to hear it not.
    These are stunning

  304. Sonja says:

    My friends are honest, loyal, dependable and fun to be around. They can make me laugh when I need it most, yet be my rock when I need them in the tough times. I love your jewelry…it is beautiful. My wish list is growing & growing!!!!

  305. Anna says:

    Patience and laughter.

    Lovely, lovely designs.

  306. Allison King says:

    The thing I love most about my group of friends is that I can be myself around them. Dance, laugh, wear funny clothing, tell them exactly what I am thinking. We do not get to spend much time together anymore but, we make sure we always take an annual trip together to celerate our friendship.

  307. Julie says:

    LOVE this necklace! Friendship for me is sharing the ups and downs of life, knowing they will be there for you, and you will be there for them…always.

  308. Greta says:

    Friends are the ones who are there for you and love you no matter what! They know when I need a hug or just a good laugh. I am so lucky to have great friends in my life that I treasure dearly. I would love to share these necklaces with them!

  309. YBeltran says:

    Understanding…A true friend is one who understands that life can get in the way of a long chat and loves you anyway.

  310. Susan says:

    A true friend in nonjudgemental and honest. Willing to tell you like it is and not worried about the consequences of your reaction. Kind, gentle, fun loving, supportive, and ready to listen.

  311. Siobhan says:

    A few qualities I try to show to my friends are honesty, love & laughter, who doesn’t need a friend with thos attributes, when the chips are down? (And good hugs, and someone to crry with, someone who is patient when you are always running late……….)

  312. Jen says:

    I think the most important quality of a friend is LOVE! This is a beautiful necklace, I am crossing my fingers!!!

  313. eliza says:

    A true friend is one who will listen without judgment, tell you when you are being crazy, laugh with you, cry with you and celebrate all the joys of life and weep with you in sorrow.

  314. kelsey says:

    friendship is the most wonderful fairytale of all :)

  315. Anna says:

    love the new design! in my friends, I appreciate honesty, grace and laughter

  316. Dana Davis says:

    Friendship is one of the most important aspects of a persons life. The qualities I look for are nonjudgemental, honest, and most of all sense of humor. The necklace is beautiful.

  317. Southern Gal says:

    Oh, this necklace is beautiful!

    Honesty and a good sense of humor.

  318. Linda says:

    laughter, listener, trusting, shares the good and bad, sentence finisher

  319. Michal says:

    friends are non-judging and understanding in hard times, fun to hang with and laugh with in good times.
    cute necklace…love the flowers!

  320. tammy says:

    very pretty necklace :) honest and funny!!!

  321. Traci says:

    Lisa- A friend loveth at all times… ALL…. the good, the bad, and the ugly. I value sisterhood, and knowing that I dont have to pretend to be someone I’m not… LOVE endures with true friends! True friends do not pass judgement, however, a true friend is honest in matters, especially matters of the heart. True firendship is not one-sided- everything is reciprocated- how lovely! Honesty, trustworthy, loyal to the end… I do not take my friends for granted- I am a very blessed woman to have the “sisters” in my life. The necklace is beautiful, and to me the two daisies are a reflection of the beauty in two friends…

  322. Ann Maire says:

    Somebody who will forgive and forget and love you for you!

  323. Kristi Klein says:

    A friend is the one who walks in when everyone else walks out. Laughter is huge. Honest, vulnerable conversation. prayer.

  324. Teri says:

    Friends truly are a gift of God. They love you, laugh with you and cry with you. They are consistently there for you – no matter what.

  325. Marcy says:

    Trust and understanding. One of my dearest friends I only see every few months but we can sit down and talk for hours like we’ve never missed a beat. I can tell her anything and know that it is safe.

  326. Deb says:

    A true friend prays with you, loves you, celebrates with you, cries with you, laughs with you, hugs you and accepts you for who you are.

  327. JennyD says:

    Beautiful necklace! My dearest friend loves me for who I am and vice versa.

  328. Emma says:

    My friends have to have a great sense of humor, be entirely trustworthy, and understand when a Cute Overload picture of ridiculously adorable kittens/puppies/squirrels/whatever will turn an entirely terrible day around and make it great.

  329. Lauren Jordan says:

    I love my girlfriends. Women have a special understanding of one another. It is so wonderful and I cherish it. I need it in my life. My girlfriends love me for who I am and they remind me of who I am if I forget or get lost. No matter how much time goes by, it always feels like it was just yesterday that we were together. We are there for each other no matter..in some way or another,,,we do what we can for each other and we understand and appreciate that. We want only the best for each other. We share the good and the bad times. Life often gets in the way of physically being together, but some how in thought,memory,email,etc we are together. We get together at least a few times a year. We can always tell when it has been too long in between visits.I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends. They are honest, fair,generous,intelligent, loving to me and the lord, fun to be with, HILARIOUS and unique yet alike. I am blessed. Thank you for an opportunity to win such a beautiful necklace, I would wear it as a reminder of the the girls I keep close to my heart. :)

  330. Robbon H says:

    Good and faithful friends are hard to come by but the ones I cherish are the ones who love me through everything and don’t mind being with me through the hard times. They love unconditionally and support when it is needed the most. I know they are praying for me and accept me for who I am now and push me to grow and pursue who I will be some day. Loyal, honest, loving, thoughtful, and transparent are timeless characteristics of my friends.

  331. Denise C. says:

    My friends never judge me. No matter what I have to say. Weather hubs and I are arguing, or my 3 year old is driving me bonkers, or I really start questioning everything in life.

    They also know how much I A.D.O.R.E. coffee, and are always willing to have a cup, mostly 2 cups with me! ;)

  332. Robin says:

    My best friend and I met in kindergarten, graduated from high school in 1968, met wonderful men and were in each others weddings. When I followed her move to Detroit and knew no one, she babysat for my son so I could go to work. We were there for each other as we had more children (me 5 more and she only1) and they grew up and became good friends. We’ve comforted each other as we lost our mothers and my father and now her godmother. We know each other well. We know what each needs and we’re always there for each other–even though right now we are separated by 600 miles. Sometimes we can go without talking for months and pick up the conversation where we left off. Paulette is my true friend and I’d really like to be able to send the friendship necklace to her!!

  333. Whitney says:

    The key elements to friendship is someone to laugh with, cry with and share with and never be judged by.

  334. janelle eller says:

    I think trustworthiness, honesty, and definitely humor are the most important qualities in a friend. I’ve had most of my friends forever so I guess my friends all fit the bill!

  335. deanna wan says:

    friends are those who you can be yourselves around, not having to worry about how you look or sound. friends are those who you can call up after years of not seeing each other but still feel like you just talked to them yesterday!

  336. sheila says:

    TRUST, HONESTY, NOT JUDGEMENTAL, HUMOR

  337. michelle says:

    true friends are there for you to laugh with, cry with and lend a hand when needed. they don’t judge you, they accept you for who you are. And when you move away, you know they are truely just a phone call, email or text away!

  338. To me friendship is acceptance and being self-less with a dash of honesty and trust.

  339. Paige says:

    Love. Acceptance. Humor. Honesty. I am grateful to have such great friends. Love the new necklace!

  340. Laura says:

    This necklace reminds me one of my girlfriends who we have gone through ups and down. As a consequence, I feel that the friendship of supporting each other through thick and thin are the most important aspects. No matter how small or big the issue might be. Treating each other as if it is no difference of what it might be: race, sex, or religious.

  341. Jen says:

    A true friend is someone who is reliable and there for you when you need them.

  342. Chris P says:

    Friendship is about taking the good with the bad-celebrating success and forgiving shortcomings; having the ability to laugh, cry, support, unload on, and just sit together quietly when the need arises. It is about being in tune with yourself and in tune with each other.

  343. April says:

    My one must trait is HONESTY. I have friends that are at different levels in the friend catagory but the besties at the top are all honest with me and I with them. The necklace is the best I’ve seen inthe lines of a friendship necklace. Of course I love all of your work.

  344. Diane T. says:

    Trust, understanding, support, unconditional love and time–these are the qualities that make my friends special.

  345. Junglewife says:

    That is gorgeous! Wow, what could I say about my good friends? I think that honesty is key. Unconditional love and a sense of humor!

  346. Trish says:

    Wow, what a beautiful necklace!
    I appreciate loyalty and humor in my friends. I have only a few close friends, but I treasure them greatly.
    Love all your jewelry!!

  347. Julie says:

    I value and friend who makes time for me. Love the necklace!

  348. Lisa says:

    Loyalty and Love are very important in a friendship. I’ve known my best friend all of my life (45 years). In fact, our Father’s were friends in India over 60 years ago! They both came to this country to attend college, got married, divorced, remarried, etc. but always stayed close.

    A true friend will stand by you no matter what and love you for who you are (flaws and all). A true friend is like family – no matter how upset you get with them, you always know that they are there for you no matter what.

  349. Michelle says:

    This is a new favorite! I appreciate sincerity and total mutal acceptance in a friendship above all.

  350. Roxy says:

    Two things? Trust and the willingness to step in and help when needed . . . no matter what time of day!

  351. Susan says:

    Love the new design!!. My favorite kind of friend …..if you haven’t seen them for awhile,,,,,,and your conversation starts right where you left off……..

  352. jen says:

    The things that endear me to my closest friends are loyalty and understanding. As I’ve gotten older and had more life experiences, I find that my closest friends are the women who are willing to walk with me and be REAL (and allow me to be real) through it all.

    Love this necklace and the sentiment behind it. :)

  353. Lauren says:

    Honesty, loyalty and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. A true friend loves you for who you are, good and bad, no matter what.

  354. Candace says:

    I look for someone who I can trust and someone who I can have fun with!

  355. jen decker says:

    a friend is someone with a listening ear who comforts me when i need it and challenges me too.

  356. Erin Kaylor says:

    Friendship..wow gets kind of deep when you really think about it…I think as you get older friendships change especially with kids and busy life..but a friend is one who is there no matter what to listen to the day to day stuff the boring stuff not just all the great stuff:) love the necklace and would love to give it to my friend Ashley:)

  357. Lins says:

    So many traits to choose from…. Honesty, love and fellowship in Christ

  358. Brandy says:

    My best friend is someone who I can be myself with. She is the one I bring to the fitting room who will actually be honest. She has laughed with me, cried with me, been with me through lots of ups and downs. Loyalty is very important.

  359. Amy Tidler says:

    Friends are honest, trustworthy, and there for whatever it is you need in the moment…this necklace is awesome! I have an amazing friend who will be receiving one whether I win or not:)

  360. Jeannine says:

    Loyalty and laughter

  361. Abigail Heath says:

    This past year, as I have been a part of caring for my father as he battled cancer, friends have become vital to my survival. I think the qualities most important to successful friendships are empathy and honesty. I would rather have a friend say to me, “You know what, I really don’t understand what you are going through, but I hurt for you,” then try to “fix” it. Your new creation is beautiful! I just stumbled across your work and have fallen in love already = ]

  362. Friendship for me is about honesty! God is still teaching me how to be a better friend to others and through that, I am learning that being honest with myself and with others is a key element in friendship! If you can honestly be yourself around someone and they honestly love you for who you are…that is a precious pearl to hold on to!

  363. Lisette says:

    My friends have stuck with me through thick and thin. I have 3 best friends that I have know for 30 plus years. Friendship is about trusting, understanding and my girls are the BEST listeners. Thanks for the opportunity!

  364. tammy says:

    just lovely…qualities of friendship…honesty, loyalty

  365. Trina Walker says:

    Good and true friendship to me means loyalty, understanding and honesty. No doubt about that. My daughter is 8 years old and already is trying to discern from good and not so good friends. This is so tough to help her with because I am telling her quite honestly that it never goes away. You will always find people who act like they are a friend , but when it comes down to it, they are really not. Make lots of friends for sure, but you will end up with just a handful of true and good friends that you trust and know they love you.

  366. lynnette says:

    i have a long distance best friend and whenever we get toether its just like we saw each other yesterday even if its been over a year…..that and her loyal friendship mean the world to me!

  367. Jennifer Hagen says:

    Friendship is someone who shows up on your doorstep after getting off of the phone with you because they know you are exhausted from being up with a newborn and tired from chasing a two year old while the newborn is asleep. They can hear it in your voice without you uttering a single complaint. They just want to sit with your precious kids while you take a sweet, sweet nap.

    Oh yeah, friendship is simply having Jesus.

  368. Jennifer says:

    More than anything, I’d tell you that my very nearest and dearest girlfriends just plain know my heart. How blessed am I to be spoiled with friends like that? :)

  369. kristen thie says:

    I smile more when I am with my friends. They know me well, are honest, are fun, and let me be myself. I can trust and love them! And I love this necklace…gives me some great gift ideas.

  370. Rita in AZ says:

    One word, honesty. Thanks for the chance.
    Rita

  371. Jenn says:

    More than anything a friend needs to be accepting — accepting of your faults, strengths, idiosyncrasies…they need to accept, embrace, and love everything about you that makes you who you are!

  372. Una says:

    It’s like in the Queen-song; “when you’re in need of love they’ll give you care and attention”. My friends seem to be tuned in to just how much care and attention I need. I love them.

    Una.

  373. Tricia Parker says:

    My favorite quote about friendship…

    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis

  374. Beth says:

    A friend is someone who is aways in your heart.

  375. Jessica says:

    acceptance, honesty, and loyalty. thanks for the chance to win. it’s an adorable necklace.

  376. MelliB says:

    You are on such a roll with new products! The most meaningful quality in a friendship for me, is someone who I can be myself around. It’s very rare to find friends you can just be comfortable with no matter what you’re doing.

  377. Sue says:

    To me friendship is taking theTIME to give to your friendships..even if it is just a phone call to say hi…I’m busy as heck but thinking of you.
    This necklace is beautiful…if I win it I will know exactly who to give it to :-) My best friend Linds

  378. Nicole H. says:

    What a beautiful piece of jewelry! I would love to win it to give to my it to my bff! **Honesty** is huge as is a great sense of humor :)

  379. Jacquelyn says:

    Best friendship qualities? loyalty, speaking the truth in love and knowing when to do so.

  380. This is just beautiful!

    I love it that my best friend has seen me at my worst – blubbering, crying mess with horrible hair and no makeup – and it doesn’t matter a bit to her.

  381. Kristen says:

    The most important quality of friendship is just that true friends will always be there when you need them. It doesn’t matter if you spoke the day before or 10 years ago, when the need arises friends are there. I am going through a divorce and it is HARD….I feel so alone. Then my friends are there to pick me…people I have not spoken to since high school or college…are there for me. Then my friends who have seen it all, and I talk to everyday…they are still here, for whatever I need. Without friends in my life I would be lost right now. I know that things will get better, and having friends around softens the blow. They tell it like it is, and let me cry on their shoulder….LOVE THEM ALL!
    Friends are the best…….they never let you down!!!

  382. Jan Richards says:

    A true friend loves you just as you are. Just like Jesus. No need to earn their love
    because they don’t have a lot of pre-conceived ideas about how you should be behaving.
    I agree about being able to pick up where you left off if has been awhile since you have
    been together. As always, love your new design…..just right.

  383. Shaun says:

    Friends provide peace and comfort…even when times are good!

  384. Jessica says:

    If I find a friend in whom I can trust her to keep a confidence, then I know that I’ve found a rare jewel indeed!

  385. My BEST friend laughs with me until we cry, makes me laugh WHEN I cry, listens to all my crazy babble and keeps every secret I trust her with.

  386. Claire says:

    A good friend is someone who you can trust, who you can laugh with, will be there for you, not judge you and you do the same back!

  387. deezie says:

    Friendship to me is all about trust and making me laugh. My bestfriend is the best at making me laugh. And I trust her with my life:)
    hope I win, that necklace is gorgeuous
    deezie
    deezieshine@aol.com

  388. Danielle says:

    Presence. My best friend, if nothing more (and she is much much more) has been present in my life since we were 12 year old girls in Jr. High. We are now 41.

  389. Christy says:

    I just discovered your jewelry through Soulemama. I love it. I have a dear friend who needs this necklace. Thank you for the opportunity and I can’t wait to check out the rest of your jewelry.

  390. ChristineK says:

    Loyalty, humor and acceptance. I want to be able to be myself and for my friend to be true to who she is, as well. And to be able to laugh at our silly selves.

    The necklace is beautiful and I’d love to give it to my sister and my best friend.

  391. Erin says:

    My friends are my rock- they are the girls I can go to and tell anything and they won’t judge me. Thanks for giving us all a chance to win this gorgeous necklace!!

  392. Laurel says:

    Friendship is all about listening, sharing, supporting and having fun.

  393. robin says:

    the word friendship can be summed up in one word to me…honesty

  394. Eva_D says:

    Honesty, empathy, communication, understanding; these sum up what friendship means to me

  395. Jill says:

    Comfort in silence, the ability to laugh at ourselves and eachother, and trust…

  396. Misty Matz says:

    Friendship is truth and understanding and grace. My friendships are becoming more valuable as I get older. My dearest friend and I only see each other once a month for lunch because of ‘life’, but I cherish that time with her…it’s a constant in my life that I can count on.

  397. Paige says:

    Faithful, loving, honest and comforting! And most importantly, they know when to drop off a big chocolate bar when you are having a bad day. =)

  398. Gina says:

    My friend is the person who, no matter how long it’s been between conversations, we can always pick right back up where we left off. Thanks for reminding us to think about friendship. It’s what makes life sweet.

  399. natalie says:

    what a lovely piece!
    qualities in a friend: honesty, pushes me to be better and greets me at her door with a dr pepper.

  400. Jenni A. says:

    Friends are those that know when something is wrong, even when you have a huge smile on your face and the rest of the world thinks you’re fine. They are loyal to the bone, honest, and can laugh with you and at you!!!

  401. Ali says:

    I love having friends that are easy to be around. You don’t have to work at the conversation or finding something in common–it just flows. I also like friends who can speak into my life in the God department. Iron sharpens Iron, its true.

  402. Adella says:

    Trust and acceptance. It’s hard to have many, but we really only need a few.

  403. Leticia says:

    Trustworthy, honesty, and sense of humor.

  404. Michelle says:

    honesty, trust, laughter, tears, open communication, acceptance, comfort…just adore your talent – thanks for sharing it with us!!

  405. Michelle says:

    honesty, trust, laughter, tears, open communication, acceptance, forgiveness, comfort…just adore your talent – thanks for sharing it with us!!

  406. Kindra says:

    The qualities of friendship I find most important are communication, understanding and a BIG sense of humor. Seriously!

  407. Rai says:

    Having just had an altercation with my best friend, I am thinking a lot about what friendship is. I think it is the ability to be honest with one another. And patient and caring and forgiving… But definitely honest. BEAUTIFUL necklace!!!!!

  408. Tammy says:

    Safety! No matter what you’re going through, highs or lows, friendship is a safe womb in which we rejoice and shed tears.

  409. Molly says:

    My best friend knows my dreams and won’t let me forget them.

  410. Liz S says:

    I treasure a friend who will listen, will comfort me when I am hurting. One who knows when to give advice and when to just be silent – when there are no words left to say, to just be there with me. And i love one who will help me laugh, laugh with me. One who points me to Jesus.

  411. ninfa says:

    Showing concern (really meaning it when they ask how are you?) and giving of their time are important qualities in friends. Your designs are beautiful!

  412. lace says:

    My friend is someone who loves me as I am but encourages me to be a better me.

  413. Jessica says:

    Loyalty and honesty. I’m turning 32 on Sunday, and had an amazing weekend with a group of women who I can honestly call good friends. I can’t believe it took me 32 years to find true friends. No drama, no bickering, no dishonest intentions. Straight up they help me be the person I want to be, and in return I have the honor of doing the same.

  414. megan says:

    friendship is sacred. sacred that it allows you to relaease your highs and lows to your friends and know you will find comfort in it.

  415. Lisa says:

    Being fully there for you, really understanding who you are even if little things about you drive them crazy sometimes. Like family. Always trying to be in tune with your needs. Able to have fun in the good times and supporting you in the bad times. The person you can be yourself with. The person you can be vulnerable with. Honesty, Trust, Loyalty. Someone who encourages and does not judge. The person who will just always be there no matter what mistakes you might make along the way.

  416. Bonnie Brentnall says:

    Friendship = Husband. He is my best friend. He sees me at my best. He sees me at my ugliest. He is my soul mate. I honestly don’t think I could catch my breath without him. We have been married 14 years, have 4 amazing boys and have kept our friendship strong. Your husband should be your best friend.

  417. A friend is someone you can walk through life with, who loves and accepts you for who you are yet spurs you on to be a better mom, wife, and disciple of Jesus.

  418. Heather M. says:

    that is so precious! i love it.

    the most important things for me in a friendship are trust, honesty, loyalty, patience and laughter.

  419. paige says:

    precious!!

    a friend to me is someone who comes along beside & picks you up,, makes you smile, & is loyal, especially when times are hard.

  420. Colleen says:

    Two souls that speak to each other, just because. It’s a God thing!

  421. Meredith says:

    a true friend is someone who isn’t afraid to be real with you. My favorite friend is one who I can laugh with! Love the new design!

  422. Lisa Brachey says:

    Honesty and Loyalty- I love that some friends that you have seen in years are closer to my heart than ones that I see everyday!

  423. Shawna says:

    friendship is being there, no matter the physical distance, holding a place in your heart and spirit for your friends (and vice versa)

  424. Melissa says:

    What is most important to me in a true friendship is honesty, love, a shoulder to lean on and most of all one who makes me laugh till I wet myself(which has happened on one occasion :) ) . My bff is the best person in my life next to my husband and kiddos. She came with me to many ferility appts(when dh couldn’t)when we struggled for 4 years to get pg w/our daughter. She has been there w/me through 13 years of ups and downs.
    I would love to share this grown up version of a bff necklace(like our daughters have the little kids type).
    Beautiful new necklace……

  425. Kim R. says:

    My girlfriends from college & I meet each year and half or so and get together. We graduated 20 years ago and we are all going to New York City in about a month. Wegraduated from Texas A&M.Those are great girlfriends. We live in a variety of states. We don’t talk all of the time. But we know we are there for each other.

  426. Sue says:

    My sister is my best friend…she knows everything about me and I her…even in high school she was my best friend…

  427. Lisa says:

    Even if life gets crazy at time my very best friend and I try and email each other each day. Some days sure are easier than others. We still send each other snail mail which is such a nice treat to recieve something other than a bill. At least once a month we try and get together. The last few we have really been planning ahead and getting a ton of that special friend time in. Just makes it so special now that we are so much busier than years ago!

    It is so wonderful being able to pick up from our last conversation!

  428. Ros says:

    someone i don’t have to explain myself to, she just gets it.
    life, kids, work, everything can get in the way and make us forget to call often, but we can get together, call, or email and it’s like we never skipped a beat.

    LOVE the design! it’s adorable!

  429. kaley smith says:

    to me, a friend is someone who i just click with. i think its also important to have a friend that holds you accountable to who you are, your relationships and God- and who is not afraid to call you out on a bad attitude, or ungrateful heart…. who can help me see myself through different eyes, if that makes sense!

  430. Anjanette says:

    A friend – first, is completely themselves, no facades and second, accepts me just as I am, no expectations.

  431. jules says:

    a good friend is loyal, truthful, and compassionate. someone who stays with you however far apart your lives may lead you.

  432. Kristin says:

    Someone who is honest and open with me and someone who I share some common values with. I’m very thankful to have several close friends!

  433. Sara Gibson says:

    Someone that I can sit on the couch with and talk for hours while our kids play. Someone that won’t pass judgement or talk behind my back.

  434. Viktoriya says:

    This quote by Baltasar Gracian (1647) is what frienship for me
    “Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.”

  435. Elizabeth says:

    Friendship is fun, open, warm and permeating.

  436. Colleen says:

    To me, a great friendship has authenticity at it’s root. Great friends see your “flaws” as character.

  437. Amanda says:

    A good listener and nonjudgemental

  438. Rebecca says:

    I find that my greatest friends are those who love me. The real me. Even on bad days. Even when I am a little crazy or sad or scared. They know me and they love me anyway.

  439. Liane says:

    Sincerity.
    Luv the necklace.

  440. Suzanne says:

    A friend is a true example of God’s presence in our lives- they cry with you, laugh with you, hope with you, comfort you, and celebrate life’s great adventures (esp. if you have children!)

  441. Nikole says:

    A true friend is one that just listens, laughs and is judgement free. This eye catching, heartwarming neclace is truly a gift!

  442. Elizabeth says:

    A friend is a loyal trustworthy person. The necklace is beautiful!

  443. Lisa Smiley says:

    I think being a great listener and honesty are the keys. I also so enjoying sharing the joys of the Lord with my friends..it brings the relationship so much closer!

    I love the new necklace! Love it! Thanks for having a giveaway!

  444. Carolyn says:

    loyalty and love. I love the new necklace. If I win, I have the perfect friend in mind to give it to! tx for the giveaway!

  445. Gina says:

    How funny that I just mentioned that!! It’s too cute. You will always be a good friend of mine!

  446. laura says:

    friends listen, validate, encourage, and laugh. i hope i am that friend to others. love your work. thanks!

  447. Christy says:

    Honesty, Fun, and Loads of Laughs :)

  448. Carla says:

    Friends should be supportive, I have a friend that I can feel ever ounce of her pain and joys and she can feel mine. Another friend is wonderful because we like to do so many of the same type things and we seldom see one another, we email and still we feel totally connected. We have kids that are several years apart but we both give one another great advice at whatever stage we/they are at.
    ~Carla

  449. Rebecca says:

    The best friends totally understand you. They know when to just listen, when to problem solve, when to make you laugh and when to bring out the ice cream. :)

  450. genuine, caring, funny…some one i can be myself around.

  451. Mary Mohler says:

    friends are people who can make you smile (when appropriate) on a sad day, who have a shoulder to cry on, and make any day enjoyable. Also, a friend is honest, supportive, open, and reliable. Most of my friends also know when a cup of coffee is needed, in addition to a coffee trip just to chat :)

  452. Carolyn says:

    Friends, true friends, can reconnect when they finally get together and it’s like no time has past since the last meeting.

  453. Laurie says:

    Friendship is unconditional….it is sharing the joyous moments as well as the tragic ones. Friendship is having a soft place to fall when you need to and a safe place to share your secrets. Friendship is also sharing the truth, even when it is hard to hear.

    Although friendship comes and goes like the seasons in some cases, there are also the life-long friends that offer the aforementioned qualities. These friendships are the ones that are special, the ones that you will cherish forever…

  454. Pamela says:

    A true friend is one who is there through all life’s ups and downs. It’s about taking turns being the strong one and the one who needs a helping hand. It’s about saying the hard things with love and without judgment or condemnation. It’s about hurting when your friend is hurting and jumping for joy when she is celebrating! It’s about loving her for who she is and feeling that she does the same for you. It’s about respect, even when you don’t agree. It’s unconditional LOVE.

    ps – the minute I saw your necklace, I thought of my best friend Laurie. She loves jewelry – if I won this, I would send it to her. :)

  455. Adrienne says:

    I appreciate friends who hate all the same people that I hate…. Kidding… sort of :) Loyalty is an amazing thing!

  456. Cristina says:

    I love this necklace!!
    A true friend is at your side no matter how wrong your choices are.

  457. Misty Cato says:

    Dependability – my closest friends are those I know I can count on.

    Beautiful necklace!

  458. julie clements says:

    Humor is big for me. It is great when friends can relax and not take things so seriously and joke with each other. Good-natured laughter (like good ice cream) can always make things better.
    This necklace is super cute and girlie. Perfect for girlfriends or mothers and daughters. Love it!

  459. Megan says:

    Someone once told me that to them a true friend is someone that you can not see for a very long time, but when you get together you just pick up where you left off and it seems like you’ve been together forever. That’s what I like to think a true friendship entails.

  460. Laura says:

    friends are honest even when the truth is hard to hear, fun to be around even when you are doing nothing exciting, and they love you even when you are in a bad mood :) the necklace is awesome!

  461. Erin says:

    The qualities that are important to me are:
    Unconditional loyalty, LOVE, honesty and sacrifice. Having a good friendship is that acceptance that allows us to be who we are, fully, without fear that it might be withdrawn. Unconditional love in friendship, is loving your friend NO MATTER WHAT, at all times and in all places. There cannot be a true friendship if there is lack of honesty. I think of my friendships as I would ‘a sister’…a continual circle of love. Why sacrifice? I believe that we must all sacrifice in the name of friendship-there are times that we will be called upon for support or help…a true friend will stand tall and be willing to give at any time, at any place. In order to have good friendships, we must be willing to be good friends.

  462. Shelly Primm says:

    Love it.

    Honesty, Humor, Genuine, Loving, Patient!! I hope I win so I can give to my best friend in the whole world. She knows me better than myself! Then I would have to buy one for me so we could be “twins”!

  463. Laura says:

    When I saw this necklace, I knew it would be just perfect for my friend. Her friendship means the world to me, even though she has moved 7 hours away! We may not get to see each other very often but I know she is always ready to listen and willing to share her support and wisdom. We’re getting together this weekend (somewhere in the middle) to catch up and enjoy quality girl time, a little wine, relaxing at the spa and of course, late night conversations, catching up. This is what friendship means to me!

  464. Gina says:

    a great friend to me is someone who even when you don’t see them as often as you would like – It never feel’s different – you just pick up where you left off – honestey, humor and lot’s of laugh’s !!1

  465. Julia says:

    I think a good friend is someone who is honest, no matter what. Who, when you get together, laughs as hard as you do. Someone who you can talk about anything with, and you know they’ll tell you just what they think even though it might not be what you want to hear. But you’re o.k. with that, because you know they love you no matter what!

  466. Jaime says:

    A friend loves you no matter how loveable you can be sometimes…someone who can laugh and cry with you and who shares all the ups and downs life can bring.

  467. beca says:

    keeping in touch no matter how great the distance! So important when you’re a military family!

  468. Betty says:

    Life with not friends is empty, for me, friends is equal family. I left my Country 9 years ago and living the military life and I have learn that my close family are the friends who are around me. I have been really bless to find a wonderful people that truly have made a change in my life.
    P.S.I love your creations and this particular is just beautiful, If I will be the winner this beautiful creation I will give it to my Mom my best freind ever :D

  469. Karissa says:

    I’ve learned that friendship is totally a give-give relationship. I think for a long time I functioned in the me centered friendship level and never really had deep meaningful friendships. I’ve learned it means serving, loving, meeting the needs of those that Father has given to me to be in friendship with.

  470. LizND says:

    My friends are scattered the world over due to many moves from childhood onwards,and I find it so hard to keep the bond strong and not let it unravel..I would love this necklace to remind my known-you-since-kindergarten friend in Australia that I am still her Best Friend.

  471. Marisia Batista Ramström says:

    Friendship is being there for one another no matter the weather… Someone who is happy at your sucesses and cries with you at your failures…someone who makes you feel good and pleased to be yourself!
    I moved to Sweden and have my best friends living miles away from me, but in our hearts we are always very close to each other!

  472. Barbara Paine says:

    I love this design — I think it’s a great reminder of how one by itself is pretty but when two come together we have beauty. One compliments the other … great design Lisa!

  473. chris super says:

    Friendship to me is the ability to be myself and not worry about what the other person thinks. No judgements! My sister is my best friend and I do not know what I would do without her.

  474. Jessica says:

    It’s great having a friend whom you may not see as often as you like, but when you talk on the phone or meet it’s not hard to pick up where you left off.
    This necklace is darling.

  475. linda says:

    I love it! I would love to give it to my best friend. We’ve been friends since we were 4 years old and now we are 51.

  476. Kenna says:

    I agree, great friends are hard to find when you get older. I think someone who is honest, they are someone who can tell you straightforward what you are doing wrong with no hard feelings or can tell you how great you are.

  477. robinv says:

    true friends can step away from each other for days or years, and the next time they meet, it is always like no time has passed at all. The love is that strong.

  478. Tracy says:

    As I get older, I have realized that it may take more effort to stay in touch with my closest girlfriends (as we currently live in separate areas), but once we are together, there isn’t the slightest effort involved! It may have been months since we have last seen each other, but for some strange reason, it feels like the week before! I love that! True friendship is natural and easy (smile).
    I may only see my “bestest” buds a few times a year, but I know they are the real deal and it makes me so happy to know that they are only a phone call away to listen to whatever I may need to ramble on about!!

  479. Penny Johnson says:

    Being there to celebrate the victories in one another’s lives as well as mourning the losses. Being there to pick up the pieces and help you put them back together again. Asking how you are…and really wanting to know. Not being afraid to tell you the truth when no one else will. Crying until there are no more tears and laughing until your sides hurt-sometimes in the same night.

  480. rikki says:

    friendship is the most meaningful to me when you can depend on one another, and not be afraid to ask. ask for help, for babysitting, for a meal, for an errand. true friends aren’t afraid to ask, because even if the answer is no, no face is lost. we understand each other.

    secondly, friendship must include laughter. it’s cliche, maybe, but friends understand each other’s humor and laugh at/with each other!

  481. gracie says:

    A good friend never looks around the room for others when you’re talking.

  482. Dawn says:

    A good friend is loyal, must have a sense of humor and totally GET who I am.
    These friends are few and far between and should be cherished.

    You are so generous to host this giveaway in celebration of friendship!
    Congratulations in advance to the persons who win this one. :)

  483. Jenny says:

    One of the most important qualities in a friendship (for me) is accountability. I think it encapsulates all other important qualities (love, loyalty, honesty, humility, etc.). When you are accountable to a good friend, you know that they will love you enough to let you know when you are messing up, or will celebrate with you during the rare times when you feel like you really are doing things right. Without accountability I don’t think true friendship can exist. I am thankful to have a couple of friends who I am accountable to and who are to me as well.

  484. Sarabeth says:

    I love having a friend who just gets me because part of her soul matches mine. I would love to give this necklace to my friend who is that for me…

  485. wendy says:

    A good friendship involves trust, and also an unwillingness to let the other one settle. I need a friend who will push me to be a better person, and who will also let me push her to become more than she is. There has to be growth.
    Also, a sense of humour is a good thing :)

    Gorgeous necklace!!!

  486. Shelley says:

    loves Jesus and honest accountability
    and is fun too!

  487. Emma Branch says:

    Honesty and trust–someone who is always there when you need them.

  488. Friendship? honesty and the ability to laugh at one’s self – so very important in any relationship, actually.
    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

  489. Meegan says:

    I value openness, honesty and ease. I love to feel comfortable around my friends (who are counted as family). Above all, because we are all so busy with life in general, I value being able to pick up from where we left off at any given time, whether that be from a phone call five minutes ago or a conversation started months before! As I’ve gotten older, quality far outweighs quantity for me.

  490. Angela says:

    Understanding and trustworthy.

  491. Nicole says:

    honesty and always being there when you need them!!!

  492. kate says:

    I would say being able to share in the good times as well as the bad!!!

  493. Melly says:

    has to be a good listener, spontaneous and to be there!

  494. Bev says:

    The most important I look for in a friend is understanding and honesty, Love the new necklace.

  495. KellyM says:

    For me, a friend is someone who can make me laugh and, someone who will be with me when I cry. It’s about being so comfortable with someone that you are totally able to let your guard down and just be yourself! Thanks for the chance to win that darling necklace!

  496. Lea Ann says:

    I look for friends who are honest, good listeners, and who inspire me to be a better person.

  497. Cathy B says:

    Friendship is one of the most valuable gifts we will ever have. True friendship is far different than aquaintences or buddies. True friendship is willing to go the extra mile, to not only laugh together, but to be willing to cry together, pray together, believe together… encourage one another, being iron that sharpens iron- but in love, when necessary….True friendship speaks beyond audible words… it is a language of the heart!

  498. Catalina says:

    This is so beautiful! ( I came from maya’s blog)

    My best friends have been so at first sight. And we are unconditional to each other. It just starts like this an continue this way. Love is the most important to me.

  499. Alicia Marcell says:

    I couldn’t agree more about good friends, I have 2 friends from high school (they’re sisters) and they are the best friends I have ever had. I am truly the real honest me around them and the best part about it is that that me is perfectly okay with them, no facades, no masks, nothing, just being real.

  500. Erin says:

    Faithfulness is so important. I have a friend who is going through some tough times. This would be a great way for me to show my faithfulness to her!

  501. Heidi says:

    Honesty, laughter and love!

    XO Heidi

  502. Jennifer says:

    I appreciate that my two best friends are continually forgiving of my shortcomings, and that they always love me, no matter what. I hope I am as good a friend to them as they have always been to me.

  503. Laurie says:

    I feel blessed to have many friends, but just a few that I can feel comfortable to share pretty much anything with. These friendships are based on longevity (one precious friend I’ve known since I was 9!), common interests, laughter, honesty and a shared love of the Lord. These friends have challenged me and loved on me. They are a treasure in my life!

  504. Hillary says:

    Number one quality would be trust. Then humor.

  505. Claudine says:

    To me true friendship is when you can go months without seeing each other and when you do get back together you don’t skip a breath…
    And you don’t keep score.

    LOVE the new necklace.

  506. Agatha says:

    “Lean on Me”… that song is a perfect way to describe my friendships. I love honesty and sweetness!

  507. Margo says:

    honestly, love and my sister – who is my best friend! :-)

  508. Katie says:

    LOVE the new necklace!

    In a friend I look for honesty, trust, laughter, humility and love.

  509. Leslie says:

    Recently after 17 years of marriage my husband left me and I have to tell you that I am so grateful for the friendships i have. I have decided the true meaning of friendship is having people who will just sit quietly and hold you while you cry and listen even though there might not be any answers or resolution. They are also the people who laugh the loudest with you in times of joy! Thank goodness for friends!!!

  510. Andrea Case says:

    Friendships develop over time and that is sometimes hard to come by when you’re a mom. I just moved from NJ to MA and while I still talk and email with friends. I miss their company. I miss the activities we shared. I would like to share one of these necklaces with one of those special friends who has tried hard to keep in touch.

  511. Becky says:

    I have moved many times in my life. I am a MK(missionary kid). Friendship to me is a bond between people that time and distance cannot destroy. You can pick up with that person after a month or year or longer. Now that I am a mom, something I value most are my friends insights. Love, honesty and laughter over the things that can drive us crazy! Love all you jewelry! Thank you for your blog.

  512. Dawn says:

    What a beautiful necklace! The qualities I admire most in my friends are honesty, love and support.

  513. Michelle Witt says:

    Friendship is a favorite topic of mine, because I have truly incredible friends that I adore and appreciate now more than ever! Support and encouragement are important to give and receive in any good friendship, or relationship. My best friends provide me with unconditional love and understanding and I know that I can undoubtedly rely on them at any time!

  514. alyssa low says:

    saftey. i have had many groups of friends who didn’t hold in confidence what was given to them in confidence and accountability. now, thankfully, i have friends who are there for me. it has taken me so many years to open up and trust these dear friends and i’m so thankful for their patience with me as i give them my heart. i love…love…love my friends.

  515. Sarah says:

    Friends are the people god gives us to make up for our family. :-) While I don’t have great relationships with my parents or siblings, I do have some wonderful friends who have become so precious to me.

  516. honesty, a good listener, and a two way street are super important to me… oh, and laughter is a must!

  517. Danielle says:

    hmmm…how much space do i have to describe my best friend in the whole world? her name is angie and she’s my big sister. unlike many friends who come and go with the different seasons of life, my sister has been by my side through them all. she tells me the truth no matter what, and held me as i cried from my first heartbreak. we’ve laughed so hard we’ve peed our pants…yes…it’s true. we can be silly or serious together and it doesn’t matter how long we’re apart – we always pick up right where we left off. my sister is my inspiration; she is my encourager; my mission goer buddy; my best friend…i mean it. she is everything that defines a best friend…sisters.

  518. jeri says:

    this necklace is simply beautiful… it represents friendship perfectly. thank you for another fun giveaway!
    with my closest friends…
    i can be myself. find honesty & trust. grace & forgiveness. laughter & silliness. love & acceptance.

  519. kara says:

    i love the 2 flowers hanging out next to each other. (: for me- i so appreciate that i can just ‘be’…w. my best friend. be a mess, be sad, be excited- be honest, be happy, oh so happy- just be- no expectations.

  520. Lorina says:

    i just love the new necklace. what a great way to celebrate friendship! friendship is being loyal & honest. a good friend is reliable, doesn’t judge you & has a good listening ear.

  521. What a lovely, wonderful necklace! My best friends are the ones who have been through all my ups and downs, the ones I can always confide in, and the ones who just KNOW you.

  522. Janina says:

    My best friend and i are so close nothing can break us apart. We are always working together. Nothing can break our solid bond! Whether it’s a crush crisis, sticky school situation, or parent problem, the two of us are in it together, supporting each other every step of the way. We both have such a strong investment in your friendship, it’s surely built to stand the test of time! We have a frienship as strong as Steel!!!!!!!!!

  523. Kristin says:

    For me there are so many characteristics of a best friend. I’ve had friends that come and go and only had one that stuck with me in spite of everything. Ultimately…
    you know you have a friend when despite the distance between you and all the craziness of life when you do come together its like you were never apart. My best friend is someone I can completely depend on and know will help guide me through tough times. I can trust her with any difficulties I have and know that despite any actions I have taken, she will never judge me. A best friend is that person you can talk to and not have to think of what to say, everything comes straight from the heart. With that best friend you’re not worried about saying something wrong or making things awkward because you know no matter what happens they love you for all those imperfections. A friend is a person that doesn’t care what you wear or look like because instead of looking at your outside appearance they’re looking at the most beautiful thing about you, your heart. :]

    My best friend is all of this and more. She’s the person I have always known will be a friend for life. The one who will still be there once our lives grow even crazier. She’s the person I would be devastated to be without. The person who has grown to no longer be a friend or even a best friend but instead a sister. I love you Cameryn, <3.

  524. Tracy says:

    A friend to me is someone who will stick around you not necessarily physically, but most importantly mentally. someone who you can joke around with about anything. someone who knows what youre saying even when you dont even speak up. someone who will pick the right outfit for you even when youre not around. someone who will give you advice even if it hurts you, just because they want the best for you. someone who wouldnt judge your decisions, rather understand your reasons. someone who looks at you and immediately knows what youre thinking. someone who lets know you when your under baked goodies taste horrible! someone who without you speaking to, shows up to places dressed just like you. and as i write characteristics of what a true friend is i realize that theres not enough words to describe my friendship with my bestfriend. you will always know who you are :)

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