On Choosing Diamonds
This December, we welcomed Lola Brooks to the Twenty Two Home Jewelry collection. Lola is obsessed with anything that sparkles, but especially diamonds. She is fascinated by their intrinsic properties such as hardness and ability to reflect light, the miraculous way that they come into being, the elemental forces that have to converge in exactly the right way for millions of years in order to make this very particular version of carbon what it is.
on choosing diamonds, by Lola Brooks
I am most inspired by the character of a stone,
whether it emits a shatter of sparks
or something darker and stormier
or even a bright, seemingly backlit mist...
I am drawn to the way a diamond can both
reflect light out and draw it in
and the strange and beautiful inclusions that pull me into its depths and mysteries.
as if it contains everything there is to know about the universe
in one small sparkly bit.
if the stone is to reveal its secrets
I view my job as a goldsmith
as one of stepping back
and allowing that voice to be heard
of whether it is a poetic whisper
or an operatic aria.