My fascination for jewelry found its roots in my grandparents jewelry store. I would study and touch the precious metals and stones for hours at a time. At the age of 14 my father took me to a goldsmith club. I loved it. My choice after high school suddenly became clear; I studied at the Goldsmith Education in Schoonhoven. After this I completed my fashion degree at Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Soon after graduation I began working as a jewelry designer for several fashion brands.
About the collection
Two years ago I made a worldtrip with my family and got so inspired by seeing so many different cultures, especially in Peru, that I decided to start my own brand Rijkje and develop jewelry from symbols that are important to me.
Symbols are strong and have given faith, hope and love throughout human existence; the basic elements of life. Originating from primitive tribes, adopted by the highest civilizations and still highly valuable today. Tribes have always inspired me because of their close connection to nature and to life’s true essence.
The meaning of the gemstones
Garnet: Brings happiness, luck, success and initiates the creative impulse in energie and passion.
Smokey Quartz: Is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings physical and psychic protection. It is also an excellent stone for protection from negative energy.
Amethyst: Is used as a calming stone and helps cope with stress by calming your mental state.
Pearl: It boosts sexual energy, and also raises sensuality and strengthens visual acuity.
Rock crystal: Will assist the higher chakras to emanate white light and aids your connection with spirit.
Pyrite: Is a unique protector, drawing energy from the earth through the physical body and into the aura, creating a defensive shield against negative energies. Avoid water, pyrite may contain iron elements and can easily tarnish.
Onyx: Is a balancing, grounding stone, particularly black onyx. It is thought to help stimulate the root chakra.
Rose quartz: is known as the universal love stone, purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love.
Labradorite: Is considered to be a stone of transformation and magic. It is said to clear, balance and protect the aura. As mentioned above it can protect you from negative influences.
Mala bead: They allow us to focus the mind on a single pointed task as we work through our meditation. A mala can be a powerful tool in your quest for wellness and clearer understanding.