I love upcycling. As an earth scientist, naturally I appreciate the “green” angle of recycling material and preserving scarce resources. But honestly, I get more excited about seeing the pleasure people get from transforming underworn jewelry into new pieces that will be worn regularly and amply enjoyed. Here’s a great example of what I mean.
The country of origin is a value factor for colored gemstones, the 5th C that is used for assessment in addition to the 4Cs that are well-known for diamonds—color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. For certain gemstones, the importance of the 5th C far outweighs the other four in governing value. Think of it like the gem equivalent of a luxury brand.
For me, the decision to start E|E meant choosing to stop trying to be something I’m not, and instead start embracing what I am. I celebrated that commitment to myself by designing and making the sapphire engagement ring and wedding band I’d always wanted. I wear that engagement set daily, even though it confuses people (I’m not actually married, except to my business I guess). When I explain its story to women who ask about it—“I knew exactly what I wanted, so I went ahead and made it instead of sitting around waiting for someone to give it to me!”—I am amazed and delighted to see their faces light up.
If you’ve looked around my website, you may have noticed that I don’t use many diamonds. It’s not that I don’t have access to them—I have great relationships in the NYC Diamond District and can get pretty much whatever I want. I just tend not to gravitate toward them. “Why?” you may wonder. “Diamonds are girl’s best friend.” Well, not this girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I just love other things more. Let me explain.