There was a little girl who liked crafting things with her hands: making Christmas decorations, painting Easter eggs, crocheting scarves, sewing bikinis, knitting gloves....
My first piece of "jewelry" was a beaded necklace made with big plastic beads as a little girl aged about 3-4 years old. I then went on making pieces for my dolls: necklaces, bracelets and earrings and graduated to making earrings for me and some girlfriends aged 12-16.
A few years later, I came across a shop selling gemstones beads. Yumm yumm and made a few more beaded items. A friend took some for her shop, and O surprise, they did sell.
The little girl grew into a wonderful and graceful swan (as they do in fairy tales, Yes!), she met her Prince Charming, they got married and they had many many ... hmmmm well 2 children. While they were tinies, I was wondering what job would suit me being around them, that I could enjoy and would not keep me working at nights or week-ends like my IT career. And suddenly, the Eureka moment happened !
Jewellery !!! I love les Bijoux . I never have enough bijoux ! I always buy more, commission pieces. Maybe I should just learn how to make them ?
A couple of weeks later, I enrolled in my 1st jewellery class: Jewellery at the Bench at Central St martins and have never looked back.
In a few months, I learnt how to pierce, solder, carve wax, polish... and enjoy working with sterling silver and gold ever since., improving my skills with specialised masterclasses and workshops.