It was the memory of a dear friend that turned erin l. m. harris into a self-described “sentimental metalsmith.” After her beloved dog Gonzo died in 2008, the Vermont artist was moved to commemorate furry friends. When starting one of her pictorial pieces, “I imagine someone who adores their pet,” she says. ”I imagine how much comfort the jewelry will give them if their pet has recently departed this earth. If their pet is still alive and well, I imagine the look of surprise, delight and glee when they open the package and say, ‘It looks just like him!’" Indeed, animal lovers often send erin testimonials. One man revealed that his wife told him the pendant was the most thoughtful gift he’d given her in their 20-year history. “I’ve had many reactions that have made me cry,” she says.