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Updated with winner! Let’s trade: your story for this fabulous necklace

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If you wear a piece of jewelry by Atlanta designer Ali Howell, you’ll be the only one.

All of the pieces in her line, ali and bird, are one-of-a-kind.

“No two pieces are ever the same and all materials are real, unique, and sometimes unbelievably rare,” she says on her Web site.

Howell sells through a select number of retailers and takes custom orders. Her company is named for herself and her daughter Lindsay, nicknamed “Bird,” and stresses individuality.

“I don’t work from patterns,” Howell says. “I don’t buy stones in bulk. Every single piece is as individual as the person who buys it.”

Does that sound like someone you know? If so, here’s your shot at giving her an ali&bird original. Howell sent us a necklace that looks like the one pictured here, and we’ve decided to give it away.

Here’s where you come in. Tell us about the most unique individual you know and why she ought to wear this gorgeous necklace. The best story wins, and we’ll put this lovely piece in the mail to the recipient the winner designates.

Congrats to our winner, Courtney, shown here with mom Michelle and Trinity, who seemed a little concerned. Thanks to everyone who shared stories of the unique individuals in your lives!

Congrats to our winner, Courtney, shown here with mom Michelle and Trinity, who seemed a little concerned. Thanks to everyone who shared stories of the unique individuals in your lives!

15 comments Add your comment

Diane

March 29th, 2010
5:02 pm

Where do we send the story??

Jennifer Brett

March 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

post them here and I’ll contact you by email if you win. :)

Shannon Georgecink

March 29th, 2010
5:45 pm

My friend Sarah is as original as they come. She’s got an amazing sense of style and a big heart to boot. When she’s not developing funds for Piedmont Hospital, she is giving countless hours to the Junior League of Atlanta and making a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children at risk. And she’s not your stereo-typical do-gooder either. She’s hilarious and understands the power of a margarita and a great pair of jeans. Any time you can put wit with good deeds and style, you have a winner in my book! Let’s slap that gorgeous necklace on her now!

QueenM

March 29th, 2010
6:55 pm

My Daughter Courtney is as Original as they come. She is nowhere near your typical 18 yr. old, she devotes time, energy, effort, into being an “EXCELLENT” Daughter/Sister/Aunt-Mother to her 2yr.old niece/ {she delayed going to college on a full-ride scholarship to help me with her neice & has never once complained about the inconvenience or lack of freedom for herself}, Friend/Student/Volunteer/Neice. She will without hesitation help anyone she knows with any problem or situation she can. My Baby has a Charming, Peaceful, Loving, Very Sincere & Empathetic SWAGGER ALL HER OWN!!! Neither the Sun, Moon, nor Gold can shine as BOLDLY & BRIGHTLY as her SMILE or her HEART!!!

John

March 30th, 2010
12:19 am

for some reason I am having trouble posting…

John

March 30th, 2010
12:19 am

is there a word limit?

John

March 30th, 2010
12:22 am

(Part One) My wife is by far the most unique individual I know. She is a first generation American, from Cuban parents. The youngest daughter, she is the only one in her family born in this country. Her father’s side has African and Spanish, while her mother’s side is of Jewish eastern European descent. Her mixed ethnicity, while providing her a unique perspective on life is just part of her puzzle. She grew up in West New York, where they don’t speak English unless they have to, and yet decided to come to Georgia Tech to study mechanical engineering. She is smart (GT grad here), sweet and cute (4′11″ and 3/4th as she puts it) but won’t hesitate to tell you how it is.

Lisa

March 30th, 2010
12:28 am

Enter your comments here

John

March 30th, 2010
12:33 am

(Part 2)She is always willing to try new things, taste new foods, and broaden her already wide horizons. Having married a southern frat boy, she has always been willing to immerse herself in cultures others of her background might shy away from. No one I know is like her, from “timid bunny” when she’s shy, to “Ghetto queen”, when she feels spunky: I love my Michelle, and hope you find her just as awesome as I do.

GratefulMom

March 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Kim Bearden, the co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy, is the most unique and most wonderful individual I know. While Ron Clark gets all the fame for starting the school, Kim Bearden is happy to stay in the background and not get as much of the credit for doing so much work. She changes the lives of her students, especially my daughter, and makes them so excited about reading and has ignited the passion within them for good grammar skills. Whether its turning her English class into an operating room to teach how to disect a sentence, or inviting all the 5th grade girls to spend the night at her home, Mrs. Bearden is the kind of teacher that goes above and beyond and I wish every child in America could have a chance to sit in her class. I think Mrs. Bearden deserves this necklace for all the good that she has done for all her students at the Ron Clark Academy.

Angel

March 31st, 2010
8:27 pm

My sister Brittany is the most amazing person that I know. She’s an ICU nurse at Emory Midtown – taking care of patients around the clock. She somehow maintains an amazing sense of humor and is a blast to hang out with! She’s a concert-goer and has the sassiest dance moves! But at 24, she’s also “the rock” of my family. She takes care of my aging grandfather and parents – even my aunt newly diagnosed. She’s a animal lover too – She rescued her puppy from The Humane Society and is involved in their fundraising. An avid shopper, she always has the cutest dresses – all from her favorite boutiques in the Highlands! A gift like this would be amazing to give her and she would really appreciate it’s value (And it would look great on her this Spring!!)

BW

April 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

My wife! She is the most unique, thoughtless and strong woman of my life. After losing her job of almost twenty years she came home and took in stride she did not moan and cry about her loss (maybe a couple of days) but instead she picked herself up and started a business to compensate for out drastic loss of income.

This is why she is one of a kind….. I have stage 4 lung cancer and although she knows my end is near to still trys to keep a upbeat outlook and it pains me to know that I am leaving her alone and I am trying to do all I can around the home so that will be one less worry that she has to worry about. You see she has never done anything “manly” around here and I do no want her to resent me after I am gone because she has to find someone to do them.

The weaker I get the stronger she becomes and I know that I am a burden and she says that I am not. She never tires and always try to keep me positive even when I am at my most deparate time. The necklace would represent me for the after and it would bring her some peace.

Linda

April 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

My daughter Julie would look amazing in that necklace. I nominate her because a surprise gift would be so welcome at this time of her life. She has worked two jobs to put herself through college and graduates this May. I am so proud of this beautiful girl and nominating her is a way for me to let her know how much…

Frank

April 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Well I could tell you all the sad stuff my wife has had to suffer with most of her life. But how she ended up where and who she is today is whats important. She works for free for the church and delivers food to the needy, she visits the older people in our community many who are near death and delivers food and other things they need. She has always took time out to help others no matter how much money we had in the bank and how many bills we had to pay she has always been able to find a way to help others. She is my wife, the mother of my children and has spent most of her life helping everyone. And that’s why I married her and have been married to her for the last 13 years. She just can’t help everyone in the world but it’s not from her lack of trying trust me.Many years back me and my wife bought some lottery tickets and you know how it is to lay around with your spouse and dream about what if we hit the lottery. Well after hearing her vision of winning I nearly cried myself. Instead of buying up nice cars or a larger home my wife wants to put aside money for children with cancer and other childhood diseases and visit them on Christmas and buy presents for all of them and hire lots of Santa’s and Elves and make sure every Christmas that babies and children have Santa visit them. She has a heart that can’t be hardened I’ve seen her get her feelings hurt by people many times and she just keeps going back for more. She lives by a different set of rules than most people do she forgets and forgives without reason. So yes I would have to say she is very different than most people in life because looking back at the sadness she has had in life herself she has sure made a great many people happy.

dsc

April 6th, 2010
2:11 am

I have a friend named Mel, who despite being over forty and the mother of four kids, laughs loudly, chases dreams, and manages to find beauty in the smallest of things. Though she’ll tell you her life is mundane, she is an adventure seeker, whether it’s found in new music, exotic food, or spending time others might have wasted pining away for a deployed husband, in a foreign country alone, immersing herself in a new culture, learning the language, falling in love with ancient traditions, and collecting things – pottery, jewelry, literature, sea glass – to remind herself of her time there. She runs marathons. She writes beautiful poetry. Her idea of a perfect birthday cake is a ‘rotten log’ with dirt, gummy worms and slugs, and handmade fondant frogs and flowers. Her perfect pieces of jewelry aren’t necessarily the most expensive ones, but the ones that evoke the most emotion, ones she can finger and reminesce about something beautiful. She is the only person I know brave enough to wear earrings that aren’t necessarily bilaterally symmetrical. And more brilliant than any bangle is the heart she wears upon her sleeve.