In the summer of 2006, Saskia and her husband Scott left everything behind and headed to Asia with just the pack on their backs. Along with her, Saskia brought a jewelry making kit and a small bit of wire.
In Korea, sitting in steerage with people packed around, Saskia befriended two young boys by making bracelets together. As they traveled overland across China into the mountains of Tibet, Saskia kept making friends with her beads.
Outside the Jokhang monastery in the holy city of Lhasa, Saskia found an apprenticeship with a friendly turquoise dealer who introduced her to Tibet’s green turquoise and taught her ancient knotting patterns.
In each new land - Nepal, India, Bali - they found community through creation. Every person taught them something new and inspired them to seek new adventures.
Those core values they learned - kindness, inclusion, creativity, adventure and hard work - make up the core of SASKIA. With each new necklace we string, we tell the story of every bead and the people who made it.
About Saskia de Vries
The daughter of Dutch parents, Saskia de Vries was the first person in her family to be born in America. This feeling of duality – of being rooted in multiple places – is what inspired Saskia to channel different characters through her work as an actress. And it is what continues to inspire the beautiful designs she creates for her company, SASKIA.
Informed by the travels she has taken with her husband and business partner Scott, Saskia’s pieces – from necklaces to earrings to bracelets – reflect a desire to connect the world through beauty. In her original designs, made with hand-selected materials from around the world, Saskia shares the stories of the places she has visited and makes connections that bring the world a little bit closer together.