I’ve been collecting - hidden notes, quiet clues, choreography, idiosyncrasies, once useless and later useful bits. All of the above and more helped me to develop technique, predictions, fluidity, a discerning eye. More significantly, I developed the ability to communicate across a divide. A divide that every jeweler encounters upon bringing someone from the outside, a client with whom to collaborate, into their work. A divide of material luxury, not of humanity or knowledge or of the luxury of creating and celebrating meaning with another.
I hope to challenge and soften the divide, the fears, and the assumptions that sit deep within my industry. I hope to bring more work into this world that speaks to the invaluable worth of knowledge, commitment, lineage, and the role of connection in our lives. This guide is a gift, a foundation from which larger conversations can flow. All are welcome. ~ Michelle