The True Value
My creative interests were initially focused on urban streetwear design, even though I was intrigued by the art of jewellery making as early as the late 1990s.
In 2002, a close friend of mine was riding a bus back to university after spending the evening with friends when he was tragically killed by the unintentional discharge of a police firearm. His class ring was something he truly treasured and wore devoutly.
At the funeral, my friend's only younger brother removed the class ring from his finger and slid it on to his own. "This ring will serve as a reminder of our brotherly memories and accomplishments," he told me.
The significance of this ring, which is still worn religiously to date, cannot be overstated. It is a highly treasured memento that is complemented by the precious metal it is crafted from, and to the wearer, the true value of the jewellery lies in its history.
This realisation represented a turning point in my personal life and professional career, as it led to my commitment to focus on preserving memories and commemorating achievements through jewellery that has significance and can be passed down through generations.