With my next production trip coming up soon, I wanted to give you a glimpse into my last Hong Kong trip for the Jewelry & Gem Fair in September. Sourcing stones is one of my favorite parts of what I do. I love finding unique stones and watching them come to life. Doing so 2-3 times a year can sometimes make you feel like you won’t ever top what you found the last time. This trip was one of those times! I felt like I wasn’t going to top the trip I took in March but I was pleasantly surprised by my findings. I was most inspired by the color and detail of the stones, which will dictate the design itself versus designing first and then finding the stones that fit the design. My favorite finds were black and boulder opals from Lightning Ridge Australia and white opals from Coober Pedy Australia.
The jewelry industry and the regulars who attend the gem shows are like friends and quickly become like family. I love the spirit of attending the shows and maintaining the relationships with the people I meet. While the majority of my days are spent at the show, I always make sure I enjoy a good meal & find time to decompress. I dined at L’Atelier de Joel Robochon, Zuma, BEP Vietnamese Kitchen and Amber at the Mandarin Oriental.
I’m always inspired by my surroundings and feed off the creative energy when traveling. I can’t wait for you to see the finished pieces!