Most people know my love of travel and adventure off the beaten path, but did you know that in my teens I went to Africa on my own for a summer?
What I loved most about India, what fascinated me the most, was just how different everything in Indian culture felt from our life at home. I wanted to learn more about Hinduism and the multiplicity of karma: the concepts of good and bad, right and wrong are much less defined than in the West. The rich history of the country is woven into all aspects of life. Storytelling is prized and the truth lies somewhere within each tale.
If you know our company, you’ve probably heard Saskia’s origin story: a year spent traveling around the world, making new connections and beginning a bead collection. What we don’t talk about as much is exactly how that collecting began and who was the lucky one with 20lbs of rocks in his backpack.
We all know that America threads different strands together: cultures and classes, colors and creeds mix in beautiful and unexpected ways. As I write these words, I think of the jewelry we make - beads from everywhere, brought together in a new pattern here in Brooklyn.
From iridescent moonstone to shimmering pyrite each stone has its unique qualities, but just how they got those qualities is often more amazing than the stones themselves.