It is most rewarding when a dream, a vision, an idea turns into a reality that exceeds the limits of our own imagination. That is what happened with the Gilded Earth Collection-- a dream of mine for years. I saw it in my dreams, in my thoughts and felt it in my heart. I could almost touch gorgeous, soft, earthy orange peel roses next to shiny metals and pearls. There was something about combining all these gifts of the earth--something about bringing together these opposing materials, beautiful on their own but that have never "lived together" that called to me. The call was relentless.
For over two years, I discussed with our head artisan Mery this idea. We thought about it, dreamed about it, worried about it (the expense & time involved with incorporating gold and bronze into our collection seemed insurmountable). But Mery, my partner in crime, subtly pushed and I listened and our first samples were created with the support of an amazing artisan jeweler in Bogota, Colombia.
We rejoiced at the first samples, but knew we could do more--create even more beauty. We spent the next year refining our samples and finally shared them with the world at the New York gift fair in January 2013. How would it be received? Will they like it? What if they didn't? Orders trickled in that first day and I finally took a breath.
The Gilded Earth collection is here and it has found a new home on our site and at many retailers across the U.S. These pieces will soon be adorning a woman, on a special day or an ordinary day and hopefully making her feel special. If we achieve this just one time--that is success--what a gift.
So now it is time to make room for and begin to listen to those other dreams that are knocking at my door. Time to take that leap and create yet again. What is your dream? Are you listening?
With gratitude and love,