I think that I first heard about the I Am Loved buttons when my then boyfriend and I were wandering the mall. I don’t remember if we were looking to buy an engagement ring or if we were simply looking at engagement rings. We chose Helzberg Diamonds.
John, my now husband, sent me to the food court for a drink with some lame excuse to get me out of the store. He claimed he wasn’t actually buying the ring, but I knew he was. A few months later he popped the question and we were married about 2 years after that first trip to the store.
I don’t remember whether it was at that point that I picked up my first button, but it probably was. I’m sure it was a way to keep myself busy while he talked to the sales rep, after I got back from the food court.
That was 9 years ago (as of this writing we’ve been married for just over 7 years). In that time I’ve become a casual collector of the buttons. The piece I care about the most is getting all the “core” buttons in all the languages. I looked for a list online of all the languages to be sure that I have them all. All I can find is several years old. The latest article says there are 12. Well, I guess I have all the ones to date because I have 15. In no particular order they are:
- English (of course ;-))
There is an interesting story behind how I acquired the Hebrew button. I was at the store explaining to the sales lady that I collected the buttons and I thought that I had all the languages except Hebrew. I knew there was Hebrew available because a friend of mine had the button. My friend’s was red, like the other buttons. The store didn’t have the button though. I left thinking it was a bummer, and that I would have to look again next time I was at the mall.
A couple of weeks later I got a card in the mail from the sales lady at the store. She had found the Hebrew button and mailed it to me. Unfortunately that particular sales lady (if I recall her name is Christine) has left the store, but that is the kind of service that makes me return to Helzberg whenever we can afford jewelry (which isn’t very often ). The Hebrew one is the only “core” button that is blue. I know the red one is out there, but I have yet to find it. But, having it is blue is better than not having it at all.
So, for anyone wondering what languages these buttons come in, I can say at least 15. If I find more, I will update the list. Also, when I get a chance, I’ll upload pictures of all 15.