I posted about this on the password protected blog, but neglected to do so here. Sorry if I've left some of you out in the dark!
The Valentine's Drawing for my earrings was cut short by PayPal, who considered it "gaming" and cut off access to my account. They demanding I remove any reference to the contest and my tip jar, which I did. I concluded the contest a day early, with the earrings going to the very first entrant, Sarah. I raised $1800, which was short of my goal, but still well over what I would have received for the diamonds had I sold them directly to a broker.
Thanks to all who participated, and again, my apologies for not mentioning all of this over here!