How gorgeous is this necklace??? I'm totally smitten. It's made by a beautiful jeweler from Mali, a woman named Saada. A few years ago her son -in- law brought a few of her pieces to Pine Street Art Works to see if I was interested in selling them. Of course I was, and I did sell them. I didn't think I'd ever see him again but last week he called me on the phone and said he was back in Vermont with his wife and her mother, and they had more jewelry for me to see. Yay.
Here she is at Small Equals with her two daughters. We spent a wonderful hour or more going through all of her beautiful colliers - necklaces, made of perles, beads. And yes, I got to ramble on in my fractured French, with lots of help translating into English from Saada's daughter and son-in-law.
These are the things that make me love my job. I get to meet amazing people and experience the wonderful things they make. Pure joy.