This week's guest is my friend Robin Butwan. We've known each other since high school and it seems like just yesterday we were going with our friend Jelisa to get her ears pierced. I hope you enjoy reading Robin's answers as much as I did. And I hope she'll let me borrow some of her fabulous jewelry (wink!).
PH: What was your favorite piece of jewelry when you were growing up? Why?
RB: I don't remember having jewelry growing up. I'm sure I did. But I honestly don't remember.
PH: What is your favorite piece of jewelry now? Why?
RB: Right now I have three favorite pieces. My absolute favorite, the ring I want to be buried in, is the one my husband designed for me for our ten year anniversary. It has a very thin, delicate band with diamonds all around it and a pink sapphire in the middle.
I also love a necklace I bought in Wisconsin from an artist in Mexico. It's a bib necklace that looks like strips of leather were twisted into rose buds and they are stacked on each other, except it's made of orange peel not leather. (I'm pretty sure it's a lot more interesting than I just described it.) I love the fact that it's made of orange peel. When someone compliments me on that and I tell them, they inevitably pull out their glasses to inspect it. More than once I've had to take off the necklace so they can smell it.
I also have a necklace that I found when Chris and I were in Oahu. It's on a silver chain and there is a silver ring and a wood ring (both about the size of a silver dollar) and they lay on top of each other. I don't know why, but that necklace really spoke to me. I didn't buy it while we were there, I called the store from home and had them ship it to me. It was very expensive for what it is, but like I said, it spoke to me.
PH: Who has influenced your jewelry tastes?
RB: I don't know that any particular person influences my jewelry tastes. I am all over the map with what I like. Feminine and delicate, loud and obnoxious, whimsical. I judge more on an individual basis. I love jewelry that is interesting and has a story associated with it. Mall jewelry is fine. But unique pieces created by someone are the things that capture my attention.
PH: When you choose jewelry, what factors do you consider? (price, fashion, emotional ties, etc?)
RB: When choosing jewelry, I go more on emotional ties and feelings than anything. I want to feel unique and special.
PH: What jewelry trends do you like? Hate?
RB: I honestly have no idea what jewelry trends there are. I never really even thought about jewelry having trend cycles like fashion does.
PH: If you could have any piece of jewelry in the world, what would it be?
RB: If I could have any piece of jewelry in the world, I would have Kate Middleton's blue sapphire ring. But, I don't think she'd be willing to part with it.
Thanks Robin! I love hearing that your jewelry has emotional ties for you. That's what I hope for when I make jewelry for people.
Robin (R) and Jack Sparrow :)
If you are interested in sharing your jewelry memories, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to share your story as well!