Beloved memories #1 expresses my affection for my grandmother.

She liked to tinker and her house was full of tools and supplies. Crafting at the big dining room table and enjoying each other's company. A very dear memory, which I treasure dearly. She often wore a ring with an oval aquamarine on her hand, which she used to illustrate her stories by gracefully moving about.

It is one of the five brooches in the series Beloved Memories, for which I won first prize at the Jewelry Award 2017 for Design and Craftsmanship. The yearly the theme for the Jewelry Award changes and in 2017 it was Precious.

To me, Precious stands for the wisdom, encouragement, advice and love I have received in my life. It has made me the person I am today. The brooches each express the feeling I have with one dear one and the life wisdom that belongs to that person. By presenting the brooches as if they were a group of picture frames, I want to reinforce the feeling that they are about my loved ones and memories.

I cut the alabaster myself and made the stand by hand.

brooch Beloved memories #1



sterling silver, blue alabaster, nickel silver brooch pin

displayed on stand of oak and linen



stamps  925  /  maker's mark

height  78 mm   /  3.07 inch

width  32 mm   /  1.25 inch

depth  15 mm   /   0.59 inch



height  120 mm  /  4.72 inch

width  90 mm  /  3.54 inch

depth  50 mm  /  1.96 inch


private collection Saskia Tossaint