The Inside Scoop on the Jewelry Designs for TRACE OF DOUBT

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Readers of Trace of Doubt have asked me about the jewelry pieces in the story. This post gives you the inside scoop of the jewelry designs and their names.

My heroine, Shelby Pierce, accomplished three valuable feats while in prison:

  1. She earned a master’s degree in business.
  2. She learned the art of designing jewelry.
  3. She became a believer.

Each achievement influenced the other. The MBA taught Shelby good business sense, designing jewelry would help her earn a living, and her faith would help her navigate life’s challenges.

Shelby created necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using labradorite stones in various colors. The necklaces were reversible. On the back, she wove wire in the shape of a lace-like cross. According to the design of the piece, she chose silver, gold, or antique brass wire for a vintage effect.

“The cross is intricate, symbolizing beauty in the ugly mess of our lives.” (Trace of Doubt)

The beauty of nature inspired her designs, especially Texas wildflowers, and she called her designs Simply Shelby. Each necklace had a 2 x 4 white card embossed with a thin coppery colored vine and tied with a white, narrow ribbon. The card described each jewelry piece’s name, Hebrew meaning, and Scripture.

A gold and amber pendant necklace became Abigail, meaning gives joy. “Always be full of joy in the Lord” Philippians 4:4 ESV.


A pale gray, purple, and taupe stone was called Bella, meaning devoted to God. “Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God” Psalm 86:2 ESV.


A blue stone was called Davina, meaning cherished. “People who cherish understanding will prosper” Proverbs 19:8 ESV.


One of the designs in shades of green, apart from the story, became Eva, meaning life. “Whoever has the Son has life;” 1 John 5:12




When I completed the story, I contacted a friend who designs incredibly intricate jewelry. I sent her the sections that spoke about the labradorite pieces. She custom-designed the pieces exactly as I had envisioned. I ordered several pieces and used many of them as giveaways during the book launch.

The designer’s name is Julie McQuillen. You can see her many pieces and contact her on Facebook HERE

I can’t look too often because I want everything I see!