When I started my brand, I thought about a symbol that best conveys my personality. I grew up near beaches and a lake, so water just seemed like a natural fit – the ocean, the feeling of vacation and being on a beach or near water. This is why the drop became the symbol for my brand. It appears in several designs and is also the hallmark of all my jewelry.
Gemstones with their scintillating colors, shapes and endless variety have fascinated me since my childhood days. To the point that this passion today is almost ruinous as I hold onto one-of-a-kind gems for a long time and release them only for my famous Collectibles. The selection is best expressed in those sweet and feminine acorn-shaped gem designs within my MIKADO Collection that some clients have become obsessed with! My favorite gemstones are Tourmalines and Sapphires.
The idea of starting up a brand 30 years ago, was to create something unusual as well as to redefine fine jewelry by leaving behind the all too dressy, too uniform jewelry that got its justification only by being branded or expensive. The feeling of a soul or a meaning behind the pieces was missing. I wanted to create a new brand that was casual, easy and allowed versatility and personal style. My creations are timeless, thus never old, and they allow a client’s personal Collection of my designs to grow. They can still wear the first pieces they bought years ago in new ways by adding my latest creations! With more than 20 years in business, I think that idea has worked well!
Distinct elements of my Collection are the Color Stories! Combinations of gemstones that create very typical sensations for gemstone lovers: Candy, Caribbean, Indian Summer, Rainforest, Cashmere, Mandarin or Cinnamon have become famous interpretations for my combinations of gems over the years. Within those worlds, my clients choose their favorite designs, be it in rose, yellow or white gold...
I want fine jewelry to be fun for all occasions! Never intimidating and never dull! Playful and understated. This is why I wear a diamond pendant occasionally on a thin leather string or a stack of many bracelets. I want to look young and playful in my jewelry and hope that my clients feel the same way!