Arleigh Garratt, of ADK Jewellery Design, gifted earrings like these to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Revelstoke in July. (ADK Jewellery Designs)

Revelstoke silversmith receives thank-you letter from 24 Sussex Drive

Arleigh Garratt’s snowflake earrings were gifted to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau during July visit

A local Revelstoke jeweller received mail from 24 Sussex Drive.

Arleigh Garratt, of ADK Jewellery Design had put together a gift box of her trademark snowflake earrings and a snowflake pendant for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to pass on to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and his daughter during his whirlwind trip to Revelstoke in July.

She carefully composed a hand-written note: “I hope you enjoy these,” wrapped the box with care, handed it off to a Revelstoke Tourism representative and mostly forgot about it.

While going through a pile of mail last week, Garratt remembered in a hurry. She spotted the gold return address stamp and knew where the letter was from.

The typed letter signed by Grégoire Trudeau, was posted by Garratt on her Facebook page and says:

“Every moment of creation is an opportunity for a new found freedom. I thank you for the earrings you designed not only for its beauty but for the passion and hard work by which it was made!

“May we continue to encourage our country’s dynamic artistic community and may fashion be a leading voice for change and expression in Canada.”

Grégoire Trudeau also personalized the letter, adding in pen: “The snow flake design is so evocative and uniting…” and “Can’t wait to rip some slopes in Revelstoke.”

When the Prime Minister was in town in July encouraging donations to the Red Cross, Mayor Mark McKee gifted him a family pass to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Garratt said she was touched that Grégoire Trudeau personalized her letter.

“I just thought it was so sweet she took the time to embellish it,” Garratt said.

Garratt, a silversmith, started selling her trademark snowflake designs in 2013.

“They’re the most unique thing I do,” said Garratt about her decision to include that design over her other work.

She uses images of magnified snow crystals to create the snowflakes and then casts them in pure silver – the rings are made of sterling silver. The finished product looks almost white, like snow.

Garratt said that since she received the letter, she’s been looking through Grégoire Trudeau’s Instragram account to see if there’s any photos of her wearing the earrings.

She’s keeping the letter at home for now, up high and away from her kids’ tiny hands. Garratt is planning to frame it and hang it in her studio.


 

@marissatiel
marissa.tiel@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

Larry MacDougall says reception from neighbours has been heartening

Parksville’s ‘Support Local’ parade celebrates businesses

Approximately 30 vehicles turn out for event

COVID-19: Parksville bowling lanes open, but booking required

Owner implements safety measures to protect staff, bowlers

RDN says water in French Creek still potable despite levels of iron, manganese

Strategy to improve water quality being established

COVID-19: City of Parksville to open offices on June 1

Health and safety restrictions will be in place

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

B.C. woman launches First Nations search, rescue and patrol program

Linda Peters envisions trained searchers ready to go at moment’s notice in each B.C. First Nation

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch on central Vancouver Island yard

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by Nanaimo RCMP after being found by city crew

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

Most Read