In the Spring of 2006, I found a little box in my mail. I opened it to find a beautiful silver ring with the Alamo on the square front of the ring. I didn’t order it. There was no card inside the box. I was stumped. I called my friend Lana to see if she had sent it. Nope. I asked Lana’s mom if it came from her. No way. I knew Big J wouldn’t send something like that to me.
I finally discovered that it came from the Dian Malouf office. Since first buying my Go Girl ring in 1999, I had corresponded and talked by phone to Dian, her daughter, and the Malouf office staff. In one note, written a year before, I said I had just begun working on my research for my application for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (no comments that I am STILL working on that), so it was known that I have a great love for the Alamo. I LOVE wearing the ring and have gotten so many compliments and comments through the years.
I want to be Dian Malouf when I grow up! When I’m discussing the Go Girl ring and her other jewelry, I describe Dian as a Renaissance woman. She designs jewelry, writes books, takes photographs. She grew up in South Texas near the Mexican border. Combining that upbringing and love of the area, she authored two books about the ranchers and families who settled and care for that region. Not only did she get those ranchers to talk to a woman, she convinced themto let her take their pictures. The photographs in the books are hers. I mean, her recorded interviews are in the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest at SMU. How cool is that!
Her jewelry is so distinctive.
My good friend JBM wears Dian’s jewelry and she said the jewelry is easily identifiable by others when she is wearing it. Dian mixes silver, gold and beautiful gems or stones, finding inspiration in nature, the environment, different cultures, animals, history. She really has something for everyone, from the sedate to the outrageous sublime. All of her jewelry is made in America – that’s important to her.
She’s covered everyone with her endearings jewelry. She took the Go Girl ring design and added new wording. See if you find yourself in this list:
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To really set off the ring, ring guards with pink, green, blue and purple stones are available to frame your ring.
The Dian Malouf website recently did something really nice. They posted on the site that they were going to give away one Go Girl ring a month for 3 months and they did. I got to read a couple of the thank you emails from those who received the rings and they were so thrilled and touched that Dian’s office helped them. I hope you will find an opportunity to own a piece of Dian’s jewelry or read one of her books. On the website you can find dates for trunk shows and stores that carry the jewelry line.
Well, I guess you have gotten the message that the Maloufs are one of my favs – Friday or any other day. Hope they will soon be one of your favorites also!
All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.