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Ringing of the Bell


In many cancer centres around the world, patients who have just completed radiation or chemotherapy treatment ring a bell to mark the milestone.

The replication of the end-of-treatment bell as a pendant was prompted by long-time Disegno Fine Jewellery client Katherine V.  Knowing that I specialize in custom designing, Katherine came to me in November 2021 to create three pendants to give to two sisters  and a friend, all of whom had completed chemo and 'rung the bell'.  I was honoured to help her with this important project.  It was even more poignant knowing that the actual craftsmanship would be completed by Disegno's very talented goldsmith Sandi, who herself had faced chemotherapy; in 2015 Sandi rang the bell at the Ottawa Hospital.  To this day, Sandi is grateful to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.  Sandi’s exquisite and detailed rendering of the bell is testimony of that gratitude. It greatly exceeded Katherine’s — and my — expectations.

The bell is in solid sterling silver, the clapper and the hinge move just as the real one does. A variety of sterling silver chains are available.  Every purchase of the bell includes a $100 donation to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation in your name.  Also available in gold, contact Disegno for more details.