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An Interview with my Mother

It goes without saying that one day a year really isn’t enough to celebrate our Mothers’ hard-work. From the day we’re born a Mother takes on many roles  (wherever she likes it or not), from teacher, taxi driver and party-planner to chef, story teller and confidant. There will never be enough time to list them all!  For many, a Mother is the best friend you never realised you had.                             

'I just wanted you to work hard and follow your dreams, which you have...'

To mix things up a bit this Mothers Day, Collette interviewed her own Mother; discussing her early dancing career, favourite pieces of jewellery and the most important lesson she wanted to pass on.

Q1. When did you realise I was a  creative/hands-on person? Well you were always making a mess (laughter). When you were about eight, you made a toadstool model for something at Brownies. I didn’t even know you were making it – it just appeared! 

Q2. When I was younger, what did you imagine me doing for a living? I thought you would be a dancer. You were doing so well and getting such fantastic exam results from the Royal Academy it seemed that was the path. I remember vividly sitting through one of the dance awards presentations. They used to go on and on and on. At the end, during the actual ‘giving out’ bit, the Dance teacher was going talking...at length, about the person who was about to win the top award ‘Most promising Student’, thinking ‘phew we can go home soon’ and they said your name! I really wished I’d listened (laughter). 

                                                                                                                       Q3. How did you feel when I went to university to study jewellery? I was sad that my Baby was leaving home but happy you had got to go to the Uni you wanted. You were very ready to leave too (laughter).                                Q4. Can you show me one of your favourite pieces? I love this because it is what I asked for and not at all your style but you did it for me anyway! It was for my 60th Birthday. I also love my gold necklace and earrings



Q5. What are a few of your favourite memories of us together? Being with you when your babies were born. Gosh, there are so many. Seeing you win Jewellery Designer of the Year was also amazing!

Q6. What was the most important lesson you wanted to teach me? (laughter) NOT TO GET PREGNANT! Well, not while you were young anyway. To be honest you were always naturally, fiercely independent and adventurous.                                                                                                     You always worked hard at your part time jobs to get money to do the things you wanted to do. I just wanted you to work hard and follow your dreams, which you have.


Collette Ikimotu
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Neck, Wrist and Ring Sizing

Neckwear

As a default all our pendants are hung on 18 inch chains. We have found this is the most popular length. We can supply our pendants on 16'' 18'' 20'' 22'' 24''. 

To decide what is the best length for you, measure an existing chain that is a comfortable length and make a note to help when choosing.

Alternatively, use a piece of string or ribbon to determine the perfect length for you.

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Wristwear

Bracelets are very straightforward. The universally accepted length is 7 to 71/2 inches. Ours all have a short extender chain to allow for a little variation.

Bangles can be a bit trickier. We have a great tool you can download to help with this. You can place your own bangle over the template or cut it out and carefully put your hand through the hole. We find the medium is by far our most popular size.

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Rings

This to can be tricky, especially if it is for a surprise gift!

We have spent some time developing two tools on one page for you to help determine your size. There are clear instructions on the PDF tool that make it super easy to use and has proven to given accurate measurements.

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