A local jewelry store is helping KELOLAND residents keep their loved ones nearby. Say Anything Jewelry specializes in custom made pieces featuring fingerprints and handwriting.
You may remember this story about a lost necklace at Mt. Rushmore.
“An extremely special piece for me, with Cody being gone, it’s something that I, his writing, his thumbprint, that I can still have of him,” Holli Finke said.
Thanks to social media and complete strangers, Worthington resident Holli Finke got her necklace back. Her husband Cody passed away in March from brain cancer.
“You really get a chance to physically hold that loved one with you,” Stephanie Wilde said.
Finke’s keepsake was made by Stephanie Wilde, owner of Say Anything Jewelry in Downtown Sioux Falls. A graphic designer sizes the fingerprint or a piece of handwriting and then Wilde gets to work.
“I create a stamp by hand from those and then I press that into the metal clay and fire it in the kiln,” Wilde said.
Wilde says about 60-70-percent of her business is in bereavement gifts. If you’re looking for one of your own, it takes about 4-6 weeks to customize each piece.
Wilde will even work with hospice houses and funeral homes to get fingerprints of your lost loved ones.
“That’s the part that means so much to me because I really feel like I get to know the families. I get to hear so many wonderful stories about people. That’s the part, the connection, that I absolutely love about my job,” Wilde says.
A job that leaves a lasting imprint with her customers.
Wilde has been making jewelry since 2009. She started in her kitchen. She’s had a storefront in downtown for the past three years.