Sometimes when you least expect it you get lucky.
While attending a lecture at the Getty, Designing Victoria: Visual Sources for Historical Costume by costume designer, Sandy Powell, I found a beautiful Sapphire laying on the stage floor. I grabbed it like any jewelry designer would.
Knowing that a gem like this would be hard to find I promptly introduced my self and handed the “sapphire” over to Sandy Powell. The sapphire came from a movie prop that was on display at the lecture. Sandy Powell had the crown re-created for the movie, The Young Victoria (2010). It had appeared to me, that the gemstone popped out of the setting while on display at the lecture.
Next thing I knew I was being introduced as a new jewelry designer for films. I offered to work on the crown and landed the project. Pictures are worth a 1000 words so here is my short, yet fun project in photographs.
Then onto the next project, rebuilding the scepter.
One never knows where opportunities will present themselves. Being in the right place at the right time certainly helps. And always keeping an eye out for the gems in life.