Necklace returned by chance to rightful owner
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.”
Block Island resident and shop owner Mary Anderson said that quote by the Dalai Lama motivated her quest to return a necklace to its rightful owner. The necklace sat in the display window of the Glass Onion, Anderson’s shop on Water Street, for months. It was claimed, by chance, during the final week of the Holiday Stroll by resident Susan Greenlee.
“Totally amazing. It was quite incredible,” said Greenlee of reclaiming the necklace. “It was a fairly expensive necklace with matching earrings. It was the best Christmas gift I could have received, getting it back.”
“I never thought I would be able to return it to its owner,” said Anderson. “So I put it in the shop’s display case, where it sat for about eight months.” Anderson told her shop workers that the necklace was not for sale, and was to be reunited with its rightful owner.
Greenlee said she visited Anderson’s shop along with her husband Bob and daughter Hanna, on the last Tuesday of the Holiday Stroll. “We were looking for Christmas gifts,” she said.
“I noticed that a glass case was covered with items for sale,” said Greenlee, “and I was able to see into the top shelf of the display case. That’s when I saw the necklace. So I asked (Mary) about it, and she said, ‘Is that yours?’ I said, ‘It could be.’ And she said, ‘I’ve been waiting for the owner of that necklace to come in.’”
Anderson said she “studied (Greenlee’s) face” while she looked at her long lost necklace. “Her daughter, Hanna, remarked, ‘It’s like the ones we bought each other,’” said Anderson. “That’s when I said, ‘Take it. It must be yours. Merry Christmas!’”
“My husband gave it to me as a gift,” Greenlee told The Times. She said Hanna liked it so much the Greenlees decided to give her the same necklace for her birthday.
Anderson explained to Greenlee that she found the necklace “in a grassy, sandy area” of the post office parking lot. “It was a rushed kind of a gray day. I got out of my car, and that’s when I saw it — this beautiful jade green necklace with a heart charm attached to it, which meant that it’s something that meant something to someone.”
Hanna Greenlee said she parks her car in that same spot at the post office while working with Phillips Real Estate. Greenlee also said she didn’t remember losing the necklace, which makes its rediscovery all the more remarkable.
“One of the beads was broken,” said Greenlee. “That’s how I knew it was mine.” She said the necklace “is strung with small green turquoise beads, accented by a single coral bead, with a sterling heart and arrow clasp.”
“It was a feel good moment,” said Anderson of reuniting the necklace with its owner. “We all had a good laugh. It was nice to see them so happy. On a cold night it was nice to feel warm.” She added: “The Dalai Lama was right.”