Next up in our "My Jewelry Memories" series is the very talented Kashmira Patel. Be sure to check out her blog at http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/.
PH: What was your favorite piece of jewelry when you were growing up? Why?
KP: I went to a convent school, and the nuns did not allow us to wear any jewelry, except very tiny earrings. Pierced ears is a must in India, and they could not put a ban on that tradition. Nothing else was allowed. So during summer holidays, we would wear jewelry to our hearts' content. The first piece to go on was a pair of anklets with lots of silver bells...on both feet. This even inspired a recent blog hop that I had hosted :) http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/2013/05/anklet-blog-hop-reveal.html
PH: What is your favorite piece of jewelry now? Why?
KP: There are a couple sets that my husband designed and made for me when I first started dabbling into jewelry making. He wanted me to reproduce them and put them up in my shop, but I am a bit possessive about those designs. They are mine ;-) Another piece of jewelry that is extremely special to me is something that belongs to my mother. Its a very delicate gold arm band (it is worn on the bicep!). It has delicate enamel work with animals and her name on it! It was part of her wedding trousseau. I wore it at my own wedding, and still love it although it doesn't fit me anymore :(
PH: Who has influenced your jewelry tastes?
KP: I would say my Indian roots and heritage, I have to have color and variety in what I wear.
PH: Do you have a favorite memory involving jewelry?
KP: Not any one single memory, but I will always remember how my Dad used to bring back loads of costume jewelry for me and my three sisters on his frequent trips to the USA. He totally spoiled us!
PH: When you choose jewelry, what factors do you consider? (price, fashion, emotional ties, etc?)
KP: Style, and then definitely emotional ties! I have a lot of pieces given to me as gifts or made by friends, and I always feel very special wearing them.
PH: What jewelry trends do you like? Hate?
KP: Not really. I like everything :) I guess what I do not like, is the weird and painful piercings some folks do. That is not pretty :(
PH: If you could have any piece of jewelry in the world, what would it be?
KP: I have it :) My diamond engagement ring :)