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‘ The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire lake on my finger, the
emerald leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me
wherever I go. Jewellery has become my daytime link to nature in an
office with no windows. And if I have to work late, there’s nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx sky ’-
Astrid Alauda, ‘ Office with No Windows ’

When my dad asked me one day what I would like for my birthday I replied enthusiastically "A drill daddy, a drill!" Instead of a Mercedes Benz as in the Janis Joplin song. He was taken aback and bemused but granted me my wish, eager to see what I would do with it. I guess my being artistically and practically minded from a very young stage had prepared him for this rather special request…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 10
  • Joined November 1, 2011

Favorite materials

Sterling Silver, 18ct Gold, high quality hand selected gemstones, gemstone beads, found and sourced items to incorporate in my jewellery, Tourmalines, Moonstones, Labradorites, all faceted and cabochon stones

About

‘ The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire lake on my finger, the
emerald leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me
wherever I go. Jewellery has become my daytime link to nature in an
office with no windows. And if I have to work late, there’s nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx sky ’-
Astrid Alauda, ‘ Office with No Windows ’

When my dad asked me one day what I would like for my birthday I replied enthusiastically "A drill daddy, a drill!" Instead of a Mercedes Benz as in the Janis Joplin song. He was taken aback and bemused but granted me my wish, eager to see what I would do with it. I guess my being artistically and practically minded from a very young stage had prepared him for this rather special request.
My journey started on the academic side with time spent on fine arts studies. I soon realized that this was not the approach that I had in mind for myself. I was looking for a more hands-on-approach as well as the opportunity to learn about the business side of being a manufacturing jeweller. I had finally arrived at the place where my journey into jewellery took shape, direction and grew wings, with an exceptional jeweller and designer, who accepted me as an apprentice. And learn I did!
Thrown into the deep end with no pay and big ambition. From the offset he guided, mentored, inspired and taught me, involving and including me in exhibitions and the running of a jewellery business from the beginning.
However, I knew that my education in jewellery was far from over. Learning to make jewellery is an eternal process if one is passionate and committed. Although very rewarding, it is a difficult and sometimes very challenging one, especially if one is a self employed artist/jeweller.
I like lots, one is nothing, but I am always attracted by that which glitters. That is why my work ranges from cutlery over fine jewellery to mosaic mirrors and I am positive that the list will grow in the years to come. Manic-compulsive? You could say that, but in the best possible way. My inspiration is a case of a penny drops and I need to spend it.
Hence one of my favorite quotes "You don't need to know where you are coming from, you just need to know where you've been" courtesy of Mater, Lightning McQueen's pick-up-truck buddy in the movie "Cars"
I draw inspiration from the world around me, nature, the jewellery and beauty of the Tuareg and other Saharan tribes, the fluidity and simplicity of Scandinavian design, the line and design that can be found in anything that is Art Nouveau to name but a few sources. I like clean, simple line and try to incorporate it in whatever I am creating... I design and create unique works of art combining precious metals and gemstones.Simply, I love what I do and do what I love!

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