O dear, and I had the gall to put some photos up of my efforts at making jewelry about 4 blogs ago!!! What was I thinking? We have stumbled across a costume jewelry maker of note and the stuff that she is making is too exquisite for words!! Take a look!
We live in the Kimberley Diamond Fields region of South Africa, almost on the banks of The Vaal River. The company digs for diamonds around the river banks, as do most farmers and residents in this region. Some people have struck luck, and become very rich as a result. Legend has it that a diamond finds you, you do not find the diamond. Well, let me assure you, I walk with eyes glued to the stones by my feet when I walk the dogs every morning – even to the point where I have almost kissed the ground a few times!! I have picked up many stones that had a shiny side to them, only to find that a blow of my hammer crushed them to powder! BUT – I will keep looking!
We are working furiously to build up stock of our garments and matching jewelry to open our small shop next month. Where in the world can you rent premises for R1500 pm, about $170 or 150 sterling! And we found ourselves a honey of a landlady who is revamping the whole building, painting and re-tiling. Even the outside toilet will be moved inside for us – we are truly blessed.
Nerves are frayed though, and every time the over-locker spins out of control on tension, or a needle breaks, we sigh huge sighs and let rip with a swear word. As we had an article posted in one of the local newspapers a few weeks ago, it seems the towns’ ladies are all eagerly waiting to see just what we are up to – let’s hope we live up to expectations.
- National Jewel Day: Get your bling on (examiner.com)