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Several years ago, I read about a tear bottle being given as a gift of reconciliation
from a daughter to her mother in a contemporary novel and then I went on a two-
year search to find one for a friend. Nothing turned up, so with encouragement from
my husband and friends, I decided to start designing and producing a line of tear
bottles myself. I knew that the re-introduction of the tear bottle into contemporary
culture was ultimately what I was destined to do — my company mission is to provide
heirloom quality keepsakes that enhance, heal, and honor relationships just like that
of the centuries-old tear bottle tradition.

Today, the company is flourishing as interest and awareness in the tear bottle
tradition grows. I am amazed at the rich history we’ve discovered behind the
tradition and the way in which contemporary gift-givers are connecting with this
symbolic gift. We love to hear stories about how our tear bottles are helping others
to honor relationships. Running a business that provides true value to others is a
great reward. One of my favorite quotes comes from Washington Irving: “There is a
sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak
more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelm-
ing grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

May someone cherish you enough to give you a Timeless Traditions tear bottle.



Company Owner Jacqueline Bean with her husband Brad

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