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david frederick stuckey
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 06:36 pm:   

Hello, new user here with a question.

A friend of mine has an heirloom necklace she wishes to give her daughter for Solstice; she would also like to add something to the gift, namely a relevant fantasy story.

What she recalls of it is this: A young girl is given a necklace by her great aunt(?), and every year on her birthday a new droplet gem suddenly appears on the necklace. One year, after the girl performs a selfish act and is unrepentant, one of the gems is shattered, and moreover the scheduled new gem does not appear. Realising her selfishness was the cause, the girl tearfully apologises for her actions, and one tear lands upon the necklace, and solidifies into the brightest gem of all.

My friend is uncertain about the following, but believes that it was a short story in a collection - Perhaps by the same author - And most probably pre-1970 publication. Any information leading to a possible title and author would be gratefully accepted.

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