As a child growing up between Spain, France and South Africa I would anxiously await the moments I could touch, feel and try on my mother’s jewelry while revisiting the origin and story behind each piece.
I love the emotions jewelry evokes and the stories it tells. It is a form of self-expression for me. Jewelry is a wearable and tangible memory.
From an early age, I have been exposed to a variety of gems, designs and traditions resulting in both a fascination and appreciation of the symbolism, cultural significance and sentimentalism in jewelry. You could always find me speaking to the jewelry vendors at African flea markets and with every new country I have visited, I have strived to acquire a deeper jewelry knowledge.
Prior to launching my own jewelry consultancy, I lived in Johannesburg, Madrid, Washington, D.C., London and San Francisco where I worked at Edelman and Sotheby’s in addition to a variety of fashion and jewelry houses including Burberry, Jessica McCormack and Paula Mendoza.
I hold a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a Graduate Gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).