THIS WEEK we were given the privilege of being able to ask Becky Stone, creator and curator of ‘Diamonds in the Library’, a few questions. Following is our complete interview, covering everything from fashion icons to literature…
Self-proclaimed ‘lifetime jewellery lover’ Becky Stone is also something of an all-rounder, with professional writing and editing chops that have served to make her blog, Diamonds in the Library, a veritable hit amongst jewellery enthusiasts. It might surprise you to hear that she ‘started out’ with seven years spent working for the federal government, whilst restricting her passion of jewellery writing to nights and weekends. As anyone who’s tried to juggle freelance writing and full-time professional work will know, it can be a tricky act to master. We can all be thankful, then, that Becky eventually managed to take that leap forward by making ‘Diamonds in the Library’ her sole focus.
“I couldn’t be happier about [the decision],” she states, on her blog.
We’d have to agree: it was a decision well made. Now avid jewellery lovers have an inclusive and well-researched hotspot, replete with original features, like the ‘Treat Yo’Self series‘, which offers a variety of chic discoveries, all under $300. At the same time, Becky uses her refined taste and knowledge to weave through different aesthetics, from art nouveau to art deco… Oh! And she also reads a great deal and writes Book Reviews to boot, some of which you can find on Book Riot.
So, without any further ado, let’s see what this lovely, versatile creator had to say about her experiences so far:
Do you think your love of literature informs or enhances your love of jewellery in any way?
I do, actually. I’m very interested in the stories behind pieces of jewelry: who owned them, if they’re antique; who made them, if they’re new, and what they’re going to mean to the people who will own them, in either case. Jewelry is unique in that it’s a decorative object that can take on incredible sentimental meaning, and that’s part of why I find it so fascinating.
If you could meet any fashion icon (living or dead), who would it be?
It’s a tie between Elizabeth Taylor and Marjorie Merriweather Post. I’ve loved Elizabeth Taylor longer, but I’ve been in MMP’s house, and she was known for being a legendary hostess so I feel like she’d be a fun lunch date. I also think Iris Apful is incredible, but I was in the same room as her recently and I chickened out of even saying hello, so I feel like I’ve surrendered the right to choose her.
Can you remember the first piece of jewellery you fell in love with?
As a kid, I had this book called The Magic Locket. I can’t remember the exact plot, but the message of the book was to believe in yourself – it came with a little gold locket.
The book said that the thing that would give you the strength that you needed was inside the locket, and then you looked inside the locket and it was a mirror that showed your own face.
I wore that locket until the clasp broke. My mom took me to our local jewelry store to have it fixed, and the owner – a kind older man I remember thinking looked like a wizard – said he would fix my necklace for free because it was clear that it was a special treasure.
My mom also had a pair of beaded earrings with long, dangling fringes, and I used to play with them as if they were dolls. I’m not sure if that counts, because I never wore them, but I definitely loved them.
You often hear Sri Lanka being referred to as the ‘Gem Island’ – where do you think the best gemstones in the world come from?
I’m going to leave that question to my gemologist and lapidary friends. While I certainly love gemstones, I often feel like I only know enough about them to recognize how much more there is to learn.
If you had to lose all the items in your jewellery box, except one, which item would you keep?
Oh goodness, what a horrible thought! I’m going to cheat and say that as long as whatever terrible event that cost me all of my jewelry left my loved ones safe, I’d surrender the whole box without a second thought.
My parents’ house was actually destroyed in a fire when I was younger, and we lost a lot of our possessions all at once. It was terrible, but if any of my family had been hurt, it would have been much worse. Jewelry may be a beautiful, wonderful, important thing, but it’s still just a thing.
So there you have it – we’ve heard stories about delicate, courage-affirming lockets, whilst also gleaning a better understanding of what it takes to transform your hobby into your career. If there’s one thing we’ve taken away from this interview, it’s that there seems to no substitute for hard work and genuine passion. Becky gives testimony to this supposition. If you’d like to find out more about her then make sure you check out her wonderful blog: Diamonds in the Library.