I hadn’t planned on doing a New Year’s post this year – I already told you I was signing off for a winter hiatus, and I intend to get back to that after this – but I wanted to acknowledge something before the year officially ended.
2017 was a hard year for many reasons, both personal and political, but it was a fantastic year for Diamonds in the Library.
2017 brought my first visit to the gem shows in Tucson and my first Aryle Pink Diamond Tender (which was incredible, although hard to photograph). I went to my third Miami Antique Show, my third AGTA Spectrum Award Press Preview, my second Vegas jewelry week, and my fourth GlobalDesign, JCK Luxury Prive, and Baltimore Summer Antique Show.
I spoke on panels, from JCK Las Vegas to Jewelry’s Night Out in DC to my Philly WJA appearance, where we had 13 people in the room and 600+ watching online, from places as far away as Sydney and Hong Kong. I stood close to but was afraid to introduce myself to Iris Apful.
I went to my 3rd VicenzaOro in Italy and then to Paris Fashion Week, which I haven’t even had time to tell you about yet! I took one of my favorite pictures of all time: my antique gargoyle ring in front of Notre Dame in Paris. I was interviewed by JCK (who also named me an “Agent of Change”), Engagement 101’s Facebook Live, Jewelers Mutual, and in Italian by VO+ Daily. I was also interviewed for in The Futurist Trendbook 2018, which features both photos and quotes from me.
This was the year I tried on Catherine the Great’s bracelet and George Washington’s signet ring (I’m not allowed to share that picture). I put so many tiaras on my head this year: from Lydia Courteille’s contemporary masterpiece to some of Fred Leighton’s antique treasures. This was the year of my magnificent Halloween bling-o-lantern and the invention of my new favorite thing, Instastory polls!
I talked about politics, which some of you loved, most of you ignored, and a few of you got very angry about. I stuck to my jewelry buying goal of acquiring fewer, better pieces: and I’m in love with my cat’s eye chrysoberyl ring.
Thank you, 2017, for all of the wonderful moments you brought into my life. It wasn’t all good, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.
Happy New Year, my darlings. Thank you all for the very important part you play in making this all possible. I’ll see you in 2018!