An angel has arrived in Evergreen — the Evergreen Angel, that is.
A jewelry pendant staple for 28 years, the angel is usually released in September, but Beth Riser, owner of the Evergreen Gallery, decided to introduce Rosalie to the world at the end of April.
Rosalie is named after Rosalie Peak next to Mount Evans. Riser and her daughter Chloe designed this year’s angel, and Chapin Dimond in Longmont created the silver pendants.
Proceeds from angel sales go to Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.
She said Rosalie has been well received by angel-collecting veterans and novices, noting that the pendants provide comfort, hope and faith.
Judy Strange, a faithful collector of the pendants, said her husband Malcolm bought her first pendant in 1993, and she’s been collecting them ever since.
Riser explained at the unveiling that Rosalie is designed in an art nouveau style, and she holds rosettes in front of her wings. Roses, she noted, are symbols of love, gratitude, giving, appreciation, caring and more, anecdotally appearing in stories about miracles and encounters with angels.
At the unveiling of the pendant on April 28, Mount Evans chaplain Nancy Nelson reminded those attending about how angels touch people’s lives.
“If we are open, aware and receptive, they show up in many ways,” Nelson said. “There are miracles every single day.”