Diary of a Gem Hunter

This time I’ve decided to open up and share a little bit more about the start of the journey into each creation. This part of the journey is by far one of my favourites as I never know where it will lead me or what I will find, so the adventure and excitement levels are what makes this so addictive for me. This stage, which I refer to as gem hunting, involves spending a lot of time talking to gemologist, gem trades people and lapidarists. Often these people themselves have spent a lot of time researching and searching for the perfect gems or diamonds, selecting what they believe is a good sample, lot or parcel of gem candy. These people are worth their weight in gold to me and have more often than not become close friends due to their knowledge, love and ethics when it comes to dealing with gemstones.

I often spend hours on end with them looking at the latest finds and discoveries of sometimes the tiniest yet beautiful gems and stones, trying to find the perfect ‘one’ for me to create with, often to the point of tears from inspecting each stone closely with a loupe (yeah, that will happen as you grow older).

So what is it that makes me choose that one stone between all others? What makes one more special than another? Well, that my friends is where it gets truly (and some may even say mystical) interesting. When I get presented with a selection of gems I know instantly in less than a split second which one I will end up working with. It’s truly as though the gem in particular ‘winks’ at me from a distance with her spark & shine. For some this is a talent gained from many years of practicing and looking at gems, for others it’s a natural talent they are born with.

For me it’s a combination of both but I think there’s a bit more to it that goes being the normal human senses we use. For most of the time it’s like I recognize the gem, like her and I have met in some other place, world, dimension before. It’s like seeing an old friend in a busy crowd, one you haven’t seen for a long time, your eyes meet and even though it takes you a while to remember where you know each other from, you just instantly recognise each other. This is the exact feeling I get with each gem I select. It’s like she calls out to me “hey you, its good to see you again! Now let’s go and create something wonderful together!”

From that moment I simply let both of us co create the jewelry which she will adorn, as herb shape, coloring and even inclusions will show me exactly what it is that she wishes for me to create around her to show her best features off.

Interested to find out more on how I work and what other steps there are involved in my jewelry making process? I’ll be sharing more on this during the next few blogs coming up so stay tuned!

I hope this article and the content resonates with you. If you would like to learn more about our jewelry or gemstones, please feel free to contact us on info@novadiamondsjewelry.com

Anouk @Nova Diamonds

Born & raised in the birthplace of the diamond trade, Amsterdam, and in a traditional Jewish family, I had been surrounded by diamonds and gemstones pretty much from birth. One of my earliest memories if where my grandma used to take me to mineral & gemstone trade shows and it is exactly there where my curiosity and passion for working with crystal and gems was born. Over the years I developed a solid foundation of knowledge on gemstones and crystals, as well as working with them for energetic and healing purposes.