Name: Julie Hyld
Occupation: Freelance creative communication
What jewellery did you wear in the portrait? A chunky gold chain and a gold bracelet from Elhanati, Sophie Bille Brahe croissant and pearl earring that I never take off, heirloom rings from my grandmothers, a Tom Wood ring and some random jewellery from Paris and L.A .
What is your own favourite piece of jewellery, and why? My grandmother was very into jewellery and collected some really amazing pieces. When she died, she had dedicated a piece to each of her children and grandchildren (she had 18 grandchildren). Every piece came with a special story to why we had inherited it. My big gold ring has a green/blue stone, which is the sibling stone to the one in the necklace inherited by my sister.
Can you describe a cherished memory connected to jewellery? I bought my Elhanati necklace with the first paycheck I got from a freelance creative job. I thought it would be nice to connect some sort of story and feeling to a piece of jewellery that I would always have and cherish.
What does jewellery mean to you? I use jewellery to elevate my outfit and make it more personal, like a second skin that shows what I really care about. I am not a person who dresses up that much, I wear very comfortable and functional gear. Adding some chunky gold or diamonds states that there is something else to me, that I am more than the first impression. Furthermore, every piece of my jewellery holds a story, whether it is something I saved up for and bought myself, something I inherited, or something that I bought while travelling, I love how each piece is a reminder of something or someone.
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? I almost wear the same jewellery every single day, whether it's a party or a day at the office. I love that my jewellery is just a part of me, and something that is always there. I feel naked looking at my hands if there’s no gold or silver on them - which I do mix. I really don’t like to invest in jewellery that I can’t wear for every occasion, because I don’t wear it to dress up, I wear it as a part of me.
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