Expat Life: Moving my Life and Jewelry Business to Germany

Life + Work in Progress

I’ve been in Germany since the middle of the summer, and have been slowly but surely familiarizing myself with the procedures for transferring my life and jewelry business. I’ll be honest, it’s pretty overwhelming!

Germany is well known for it’s thorough bureaucracy, but it was hard to put into perspective until we arrived. The business side of things felt quite a bit more daunting that it ever has in the United States, largely due to the language barrier. Even though I’ve moved my business within the States multiple times and even made the move towards incorporation in the last few years, nothing quite prepared me fully for the challenges of moving to a new country.

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Landwehr Canal at Hallesches Tor U-Bahn

My First Summer in Berlin: Heatwaves, Canals and the Importance of Looking Up

Welcome to Berlin (and the Heatwave of 2018)

It’s been just over a month since I’ve been in Germany, and I have to say that it’s been quite the experience so far. I haven’t done a lot of writing, blogging, or really much of anything because I’ve been so wiped out. Not so much because the move in general, more because we managed to move during a serious heatwave. We’re talking 95˚F (35˚C) and above, which isn’t terrible per se. In fact it seems like it’s been fairly in line with Chicago weather this summer. I’ve been told constantly by longtime residents that this is a very unusual summer, which I hope is true. But there is one thing that has made things a little more challenging for this American… Continue reading “My First Summer in Berlin: Heatwaves, Canals and the Importance of Looking Up”

Street view of the Victory Column in Berlin.

Zurina Ketola Designs is Moving: Berlin Bound!

Goodbye Chicago, Hello Berlin!

I have some crazy exciting news! My husband and I have been wanting to take the plunge and live abroad since we’ve been together, and if you can believe it, it’s been on our bucket list for 18 years. Well guess what? It’s finally happening! We’ve moving to Berlin! Continue reading “Zurina Ketola Designs is Moving: Berlin Bound!”

Chantal Gillberg

NEW! ZKD Client Profile: Chantal Gillberg

Introducing the New ZKD Client Profile Blog Series!

I feel so lucky to have connected with such incredible and inspiring women with my work and on my travels, and it got me thinking:

Would clients like to be featured here on my blog?

I’ve had the idea kicking around for a while now, and after my last trip out to California, I’ve finally began asking around. To my surprise, a few of my absolute favorite clients welcomed the idea!

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Zurina Ketola Designs private appointment jewelry

The ZKD Personal Jewelry Shopping Experience

Have Jewelry, Will Travel

A few weeks back, my husband popped in my office and asked if I wanted to make a quick trip out to Malibu, California to surprise his dad for his 70th birthday. My ears perked up – the actual sun, and a milestone birthday? Um, yes please! Winter was dragging its feet in Chicago this year, so a weekend getaway to a sunny place was something to look forward to!

Not only did I get to spend time visiting with family and friends (btw, the party was a hit, he was totally surprised), I always make it a point to travel with a small selection of my latest and greatest jewelry designs in tow. I have clients from all over the world that love to check out what’s new, and often book personal shopping appointments with regular customers and new clients while I’m in town.

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Vista Point Catalina Hills Tucson AZ

Away Jan 26th – Feb 9th: Orders Will Be Filled and Shipped Upon My Return

Orders Will be Filled + Shipped After February 9th

I’m taking my annual sojourn to the Tucson Gem Show from January 26th through February 9th, and I’ve decided to keep my jewelry website up and running in my absence. Please note that I won’t be able to fill orders until after I return on February 9th. Orders can be processed and paid for during this time and I expect to ship orders placed during my vacation by Wednesday, February 14thContinue reading “Away Jan 26th – Feb 9th: Orders Will Be Filled and Shipped Upon My Return”

Inspirations for My New Space

Finland Countryside Path
This winding road was near a cabin that I stayed in just outside of Helsinki. I wanted to keep walking and see what I would find!

I’ve been hard at work over the last couple weeks getting things ready to go for my new space at the Andersonville Galleria. I’m still located on the second floor, but instead of being over by the windows, I’m nestled in between the two staircases. My space is set up like a little shop. I have counter space to use while working with my clients when it’s busy, and during slow times, it doubles as a little project area. This was a key element for me. I’m there during weekends, and offer repair services and free jewelry cleaning during that time, so it’s absolutely perfect. Continue reading “Inspirations for My New Space”

Back Home from the Tucson Gem Show

Desert Landscape
I went from 19 inches of snowfall to this. What a transition!

February is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is Valentine’s day just around the corner, but it always means that I get to make a trip out to the Great American Southwest for the Tucson Gem Show. Read on for more, and take a peek at my favorite finds this year! Continue reading “Back Home from the Tucson Gem Show”

Great Start to a New Year: My Golden Globes Adventure!

The Golden Globes Stage
Yes, that would be me on the stage!

Go to the Golden Globes? Um, Yes, Please!

I have to say, I think I had the best year on record for ZKD. Although it was truly insane, the holiday season was a fantastic learning experience, especially given that I had my own shop at the Andersonville Galleria for the first time. But nothing really prepared me for what was to come just days into the new year. I was all ready to take a bit of a break in January, but then things changed. You see, I got invited to go to the Golden Globes this year. And then of course, I fainted. As one does. Continue reading “Great Start to a New Year: My Golden Globes Adventure!”