One of my favorite things growing up was to read the newspaper. I was a little as the age of four when this started. “Slightly odd reading material for a four year old”, you are probably thinking right now, but I can assure you it’s as true as my love for gems.
I’m writing this blog on New Years’ Eve, with only a couple of hours left until the clock strikes midnight and announces the start of a new year and new decade. It felt like the perfect moment to share my final thoughts on this past year and my feelings for the journey ahead.
I recently got asked what I love most about my work as a jewelry artist. “Do I have to pick one or can it be several reasons” I replied. “Nope, just the one” was the stern reply given. I’ll admit that it took me a little while to answer it.
The first ever encounter I ever had as a little girl with a pearl was through the famous painting by Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring painting during a school trip at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Where most of my schoolmates were busy discussing the facial expression of the girl, I only had eyes for the beautiful glistening pearl hanging from her ear.
There are moments in life where you simply feel things have come to a full circle. It’s like the puzzle pieces have somehow fallen into place and you start to see the bigger picture of what you’ve been working towards creating all those years. Being back in Amsterdam this time has certainly done that for me.
I entered my marriage with the belief that I had hit the jackpot! I had succeeded to not only find my perfect mate who would provide me with stability and security and we had successfully exchanged vows and had a fantastically and totally over the top big wedding with friends & family to celebrate this!