I often lament that I am not in the medical field, researching cures for a contagious and deadly disease, or that I am not contributing more to society as Gandhi had. I’ve only recently realized how much happier I am that I did not become a lawyer, as I had aspired to be, and as most of my friends have become. Nonetheless, there are moments in the quiet hours of my evenings that I feel I have not contributed as much to society as I feel I possibly could. After all, jewellery making , and to a finer point, sterling silver components is often thought of as superfluous. The world of fashion is rather superficial, and I often wonder what evolutionary purpose does adorning oneself really serve? Are we not intelligent enough to see that outer appearance is not necessarily indicative of one’s inner qualities? However, I oscillate between loathing all things physically beautiful and embracing them as things that make us feel good, and thus make us human, and therefore, important and necessary, and even desired.
I recently read an article about music and the possible purpose it serves as part of human mating rituals. It takes a great deal of time to master an instrument. So, it must serve an important purpose in our evolutionary selection. The researchers theorized that musical talent indicates vigorousness, coordination and health. I am tone deaf. But my saving grace is that I am artistic, i.e. super visual, great with colour and can remember a picture as clearly as….a picture. So, this is what I tell myself, and it’s proven positive that my husband didn’t just make a mistake, but rather I was selected by higher order.
I was a guest on the panel of specialists in Style by Jury, where a would-be jewellery designer was going through transformations. There was a therapist on board. He’s done many talks and works with a number of Hollywood Stars. He mentioned that things that are commercially successful are things that make us feel good. It is human nature. For some reason what he said that night made a lot of sense, though as simple and commercial as it may seem. In its smallest denominator, I want beautiful and unique sterling silver components that speak to me and make jewellery designing easy and pleasurable. I want jewellery that I design make people feel good about themselves, removing them from the doldrums of the ordinary.
I recently realized that I am but a small cog in a large wheel. However, I do contribute in important ways. Someone at a tradeshow once said “Creativity is cheaper than therapy.” This is very true, and we create happiness for many. Our sterling silver components create employment and livelihood for many people and their families. Our happiness as jewellery designers creates joy for those around us. We contribute in many small, and large, ways.
Although I still hope that one of my children end up in the medical field or decide to dedicate their lives to a more visible good of mankind, I’d be very happy if they were happy, doing whatever they can apply themselves doing. I’d be equally happy and proud if they decided to create beautiful jewellery to improve other people’s moods and for people to admire as I would be if they became brain surgeons. I think I’d be very especially proud and touched if designed jewellery and when they come upon sterling silver components that I’ve designed, they think I’ve done a great job; for this is my life, and jewellery components are my passion. I have decided to contribute to this world the best way I know how, and to make a mark by touching someone’s life and jewellery designs . I am living the life exactly how I want to, designing with pride, and enjoying every minute of it. And I am positive I’m contributing more to society than any of my lawyer friends.