I like jewelry.
I save up my money to pick out jewelry every year — each year I find a special ring. It takes a long time to save up for.
I love going to Florida. When we go to events like Mardi Gras at Universal Studios, I enjoy getting beads and different necklaces. I sometimes wear necklaces. When we were in Florida and went into a Jewelry store in Disney World, all they had were silver rings.
I travel and look for different things that I like.
I found a shop, Golden ‘N Memories, that used to be in Dollywood, which is where we met Melinda and Larry the first time. They enjoy Southern Gospel like I do and we had fun talking to one another. Larry would pull the trays out for me to look at, touch, hold and try on. I look for rings that fit nicely but if not, they’ll size it for me.
Larry creates each ring as a piece of art. Kinda like mom — One works with intricate rings while mom paints on larger canvases. He does good work just like mom does.
The first ring I ever picked out here was a silver color with a Black Onyx. Then I found a clear ring when I returned the second year.
My favorite color is purple. I have many different color rings. I have a ring that’s like the sky and different color blues. Blue like the sky is one I definitely look for.
All of the rings are gemstones; I think I have a Purple Agate. My favorite ring is — I have so many I can’t even remember — I'll say it’s the black and gray-ish in the shape of a road. I just like it.
It’s been about 2 years since Larry passed away, but I still go to the store to pick out special rings that he had made before he died.
The first time I went in after that I hugged Melinda… and found some special rings.
I look forward to finding my next special edition to the ring family. I always find something special. Sometimes a ring. Sometimes something even better.
~ John Joyner
** You can visit Melinda’s Gold ‘N Memories at https://www.facebook.com/goldnmemoriesonline/