This week we are featuring Nicole of Macchiato Jewelry! Nicole makes beautiful beaded jewelry that is both stunningly simple, yet also colorfully complex. Her pieces are rich in texture, history, and the labor of love. Check out her story!
“Hi, I am Nicole from the Netherlands. Thanks for visiting my shop.
Yeh, I found myself a suitable shopname!
Macchiato might be known as coffee with milk, to me it means much more. It is a great memory of three years (drinking Macchiato) in Ethiopia, but it is also a reflection of my mixed Surinam and Dutch background. Through my necklaces I found a perfect way of mixing different cultures that I cherish so much.
After some years of collecting beautiful beads I started only last year with the creation of necklaces. I love the creative process of thinking and puzzling with unusual ethnic colours. I also have a beautiful daughter of 13yrs old and a very inspiring job: coaching adolescents and school drop-outs.
I am quite new on Etsy, still learning and enjoying the inspiration that other sellers give me.
Studying non-European/American cultures have always been my hobby and my work, and I have studied sociology of non-western countries. I have been traveling around the world much, I worked overseas for 6 years (Pakistan and Ethiopia) and I have seen many inspiring beautiful places.
Being an anthropologist I am always fascinated by the meaning and value of household items and accessories within different cultures. My house is filled with ethnic souvenirs :-).
During my travels I also discovered the beauty of ethnic traditional and handmade beads and pendants of mainly African and Asian countries. They are valuable but often forgotten lying at the back of a small market shop. By re-arranging them in ready to wear necklaces of today I try to give them their special and mysterious appearance back.
I have been wearing ethnic bohemian style necklaces all my life and I am personally attracted to modest statements that could be worn on a daily basis (for example a few beads on a leather cord or restrained colours). Therefore, I have chosen to keep my necklaces quite modest so the eye-catching beads will stand out.
Hope you like them too! “