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Emma Stern Nielsen

Name: Emma Stern Nielsen

Occupation: Architecture student and model

What jewellery did you wear in the portrait? Pearl earring and diamond earring - Sophie Bille Brahe, small pinky ring - Catbird Nyc, ring with pearls - Pacharavipa, silver ring Georg Jensen, pinky gold ring with stone and the other gold ring I made myself.

What is your own favourite piece of jewellery, and why? If I have to pick one favourite, it would be the rings that I made myself. It feels good to have something that no one else has and I just appreciate it more knowing I put a lot of hours into it instead of just buying it in a store. 

Can you describe a cherished memory connected to jewellery? I don’t think I have a specific moment, but jewellery is always a special gift. I have a few pieces that I inherited, it's nothing fancy and I almost never wear them, but they mean a lot to me. 

What does jewellery mean to you? I wear the same jewellery everyday, somedays only a few of them, but always the same. I like having kind of a uniform, maybe because it's easy, but also because it's all pieces I collected over many years. I don’t like having a lot of random pieces, but rather carefully select a few that goes with everything. 

How do you use jewellery – do you have a daily uniform, do you wear special pieces for parties, is it embellishment, a second skin, or? All my clothing is quite basic, so fine jewellery is a nice way to give the look a little extra. I try to dress up for parties with big earrings but I always end up with the smaller ones...

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