2. What's your most treasured piece of jewellery & what story does it hold?
I have two pieces. One is my engagement ring that does have such a crazy story. When I was working away in Milan my boyfriend at the time was planning our engagement from Greece. He had it designed by a Greek/Australian in Sydney. Anyway, once it was made it couldn't be sent to Europe. No one would insure it. So the ring was ready, the trip was planned but the ring couldn't make it. This was all done quite close to Christmas in a mad rush. Things were shutting down.
Dimitri rang my father in a panic. What am I going to do? I can't get this ring. So my dad went away and found one of his customers who is also quite a good friend. He was flying to Germany with his family for a ski trip. The ring flew from Sydney with the designer to Brisbane so they could give it to my father and then my father got it to his friend and his friend flew it to Germany. Dimitri (my husband now) flew to Germany and met the family. Got the ring, waited a day at the airport and flew back to Greece. We then flew out a few days later to Cappadocia where we finally were able to get a hot air balloon and he would ask me to marry him. After he asked all he wanted to do was get the ring on my hand and me out of the sky and feet on the ground. It was a hectic journey and he is now named lord of the ring. It was so special anyway and on top of what it went through to get on my finger and how the stars just aligned makes it even more special.
Secondly , my nanas ring. My mother gave it to me when I first went away to NYC for work. Since then it's been something I wear when I have something special on. Big castings , big bookings, when I feel I need protection. It's my safe ring, my lucky ring and just a very special ring. It's a gold little antique with garnets.