Cordelia Fern is an antique dealer of fine jewelry. She loves to travel the world, and preferred to track down and obtain her merchandise with her own hands instead of sitting in the comforts of her office. Only the best and most exotic pieces of gemstone jewelry would suffice for Cordelia and her elite clientele.
“Where could it be?” she asked. Her eyes danced across the horizon, glued to the binoculars she held in her hands. Searching for a landmark to guide her to the treasure.
Cordelia pulled out her old journal, showing pencil sketches of the local map and an antique necklace— the long-lost treasure she sought within the swamp. Her mother Lydia had written notes on the information she had gathered about its whereabouts.“I was sure mom had the right location. Hmm... If I were to hide something around here, I’d place it...” Spotting a glimmer of light in the distance, she continued “There!” A tall, balding oak tree was in the middle of the swamp. Below it, a treasure chest was lodged between its roots, as if it were buried when the oak was planted. The surrounding reeds blocked anything else from coming into her sight. Rubbing Powder’s shoulder, she said, “Stay here, buddy. Can’t have anything startle you. This won’t take too long.”
Using a machete knife, Cordelia forced her way through the tall, dense reed beds. Rushing to the chest as she was curious to see its contents. Cordelia's goal was within sight, the excitement led her to ignore the surroundings and let her guard down. A mistake that proved to be nearly fatal.
Cordelia could not see the glowing amber eyes staring back at her. As she walked closer towards the chest, a massive alligator burst out of the muddy ground, making her trip and drop the machete knife deep into the water. Despite its size, the alligator had surprising speed. It sprinted towards Cordelia like a bolt of lightning. She quickly grabbed a handful of mud to throw at its eyes.
The alligator grunted, enraged by her retaliation. As her would-be-predator was stunned, Cordelia reached for a thick branch hanging low from a tree. She slammed it into the alligator’s snout— the most vulnerable part of its body. The alligator retreated into the water, realizing that Cordelia was not worth the effort to fight, she was just as strong as it was.
The treasure chest was covered in mud and rusty chains. It was almost as heavy as her horse Powder, and yet was about the size of a grade schooler’s backpack. Wiping the dirt off revealed its iron and wooden casing, the reason for its weight. The chest, and whatever it contained, was at least a few hundred years old. “Powder!” she said, whistling for her steed to come forth. “Time to go!”
Cordelia and Powder rode back to camp as fast as they could. With the extra weight on Powder’s back, he could move no faster than a canter. They arrived before sunset. Powder was exhausted from their trip, his heart roaring out of his chest with every breath. Tossing him an apple. “Good job, Powder!”
After taking a break in her tent, Cordelia broke the chains, and opened up the old chest. Inside was gold bullion and more importantly the sole item she had hoped for, the gemstone necklace. It was kept safe and in pristine condition. Bringing the necklace closer to her face, Cordelia’s eyes widened at the sight of her latest discovery.
A tiger’s eye gemstone necklace. Embellished with glittering spheres of faceted golden hematite, polished black onyx, and at its center, two large teardrop onyx lay elegantly on the décolleté. Fastened with a solid 14-karat gold clasp.
Even the sun could not help but catch a glimpse of the majestic work of art she held in her hands, its bright rays peeking through the opening of her tent before the moon could take its place.“Wow!” she said. Cordelia was left speechless by her discovery. Nothing more could be said to describe it. It was a prize worth the stinging pain of the late summer heat. Satisfied with her appraisal of the necklace, she took a rest for the night.
The next morning, Cordelia stepped out side her tent basking in the warmth of the rising sun and the refreshing sensation of the morning breeze. She began to pack her equipment and readied the Maryellen to set sail for Hematite Harbor.
Cordelia is a bold woman that is not afraid to go after her heart’s desires, no matter how risky it might be. There are times in our lives when we must take charge and be fierce, going after our passions with the same courage Cordelia Fern displayed on her adventure. To capture this stunning tiger’s eye gemstone necklace, visit Cordelia’s Sojourn Collection. May your day be filled with merriment and some measure of a fun adventure!