Three Lessons I Learned from 2020

I’m so glad 2020 is over, and while it looks like 2021 isn’t giving us a break anytime soon, I didn’t want to leave last year entirely behind without a few last words.

That tailspin of a year had us all  constantly moving in every direction while staying locked in place, and the entire experience crystallized a few important things I’ve learned about life that have helped me over the years. 

I hope they can be helpful for you, too!

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What is the January Birthstone?

I hope you had a happy, safe and healthy holiday season!

As we finally close the doors on 2020, it’s time to celebrate those January babies out there!

The birthstone for January is garnet, a gemstone that has enjoyed a rich history in jewelry. 

Before we get into the details of this popular gemstone, let’s get to know a little more about our friends born in January. 

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December Zodiac Signs

December Birthstones: Your Official (and Unofficial!) Guide

It’s been such a crazy year, can you believe we finally made it to the end?


As the insanity of 2020 comes to a close and various holidays are on the horizon, there’s also quite a few birthdays to celebrate! 


I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a little bit about my favorite December birthstones,  Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, and Zircon.


Before diving in, let’s take quick look at the zodiac signs for December, shall we?

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What is Demi-Fine Jewelry?

You’ve likely heard of fine jewelry before, and I’d be willing to bet that you’ve heard of costume jewelry – but what about demi-fine jewelry?

It’s a term that’s popped up in the last few years and has gained popularity only recently, so now seemed like the perfect time to demystify the subject. 

To understand what demi-fine jewelry is, it’s helpful to understand the difference between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. Let’s take a look!


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Work in Progress | Coral Necklace

ZKD Upcycling Spotlight: Annika’s Coral Necklace

Did you know that I’ve been upcycling since I started my business over fifteen years ago? 

Back then, I would have referred to it as customization, or making alterations, but the underlying goal is still the same – reusing old materials and creating something new!

The process has stayed the same over the years, and I’d love to tell you all about a recent project for Annika, a sustainable fashion designer here in Berlin. Let’s take a look!

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Summer Vacay + Anniversary Roadtrip

This was a big year personally – my husband Tom and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary!

Such an occasion calls for a celebration  – even during a pandemic.  While we were a bit weary to get on a plane,  we were more than happy to hit the road and head north to Ostsee, otherwise known as the the Baltic Sea.

 I’m so happy to finally share some memories with you – take a look!

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