The second summer I left RISD, I moved into a beautiful home in Providence while I working as a junior designer at ITEM. With all the time in the world suddenly and leaving the hectic studio hoursof design school behind, I taught myself how to sew with the many trips I took to Ann and Hope to buy fabrics (which I still have some hanging around, yet to become something, vintage fabric anyone)?. That summer I met a wonderful new RISD grad name Alison, who took up my dressing/sewing room to stay while she figured out her life. We became fast friends, and she told me she went on a trip to India. Through her eyes, I remember distinctly daydreaming of the faraway land of India, in the form of gold trimmed fuschia and cerulean blue silk (it was the summer of Gwen Stefani Rock Steady perhaps), incense and spices, the land of Yoga, and funky glam hippies (that might just be her a little bit). At the time, it seemed so impossibly far and exotic, but I knew it's somewhere I have to go at least once in my life.

Fast forward to 2017, and with a lifetime between that young graduate that I was, to the business owner/designer/gemologist that I am now, my dream finally came true (and I even get to do it twice)! Earlier this January, I first touched down at Mumbai and spent a few days there with my friend before attending her wedding in Pune. Barely catching my breath since it seems, the year is almost over and I'm already preparing for my trip to Jaipur for the ICA Congress. Not only will I meet with top gemologists around the world, seeing my dear friends in the jewelry business, I'll get to visit a few cutting facilities and do some major sightseeing. I'm most excited to learn always when it comes to Gemology and to combine it with seeing the world. I'm very much looking forward to keeping you updated on this amazing journey of a lifetime.

 

P.S. Yes, this is a new section you're seeing which I'm reviving once again. I started since my London Fashion Week days, but since then I've been busy building / rebuilding Pearly. I'm in the writing mode again, hopefully, I'll fill in the memories in between. Pearly just celebrated 10th anniversary, and I think it's a good time to begin reflecting to go forward. Stay tuned! I will fill in the blanks...