This is the lovely and talented Joanna Maree Sipos of Belle Boutique showing the gorgeous, sparkling, inspiring necklace that was created by her and that went home with me. I love it!
I first saw Joanna's work worn by my dear friend Jenn. I couldn't take my eyes off of it! I simply had to have one of these treasures, and happened to mention that to Justin, um, around the holiday season. Justin found his way to Joanna's and was amazed by the flexibility of her pieces. He choose something especially for me and made it clear that I could make adjustments to the piece, if I wanted to.
You know, I'm so glad that I wanted to make one small change because it gave me a chance to meet Joanna and have her personally explain the flexibility of her work. Do you see that Joanna, Jenn and I are all wearing this type of necklace in entirely different ways? Even cooler was how easy it was to have my necklace be really uniquely just for me. As Joanna and I were talking, one particular part of a necklace on display grabbed my attention. "Oh, I love that," I shared. "Let's use that then" was Joanna's response and before I knew it, what was once on display as a part of another necklace was a part of mine!
This is really the best of all worlds: an exquisite, one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery that includes a a beautiful feature, handpicked by me and perfect for my taste, a piece that is handcrafted by a generous, warm, creative woman in her local boutique. I treasure not only the necklace itself, but the entire experience, including meeting Joanna.
If you're in Toronto, I really recommend you check out Belle Boutique at 998 Bathurst Street. Joanna also offers jewellery making classes and teaches Reiki. What a treasure!