This month we speak with our newest member, Cindy Lecomte, about her sparkling profession as a gemologist, and what she loves about Belgium!
What are things that you love most about Belgium?
I grew up in Belgium and am very much at home here. As the family chef, I enjoy slow-cooking and finding quality ingredients in the many food markets in Brussels. I also enjoy a holistic lifestyle, as I do a ‘one-week detox’ once a month (the Martine Fallon program) which helps to keep me feeling vibrant and happy. I love being surrounded by beautiful Belgian architecture and such varied creative arts.
When did you realize that the jewelry profession would be a lifelong passion for you?
Growing up in Belgium, my family’s interest in jewelry inspired me to study goldsmithing in Antwerp and to specialize in diamonds and gemology – so I am a Gemologist by training (IGI Antwerp). Antwerp is still today one of the largest diamond centers in the world (about 85% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through Antwerp). The most beautiful diamonds are cut here. After graduation, I went on to work for prestigious Belgian jewelry houses, including Wolfers Jewelry, official supplier to the Belgian court. Less than a year ago, after two decades in the jewelry business, I was motivated to start my own service, Gatsby & Me. I love working as a private jeweler now and creating custom pieces, from the most simple to the most complex. We have an emotional attachment to our choice of jewelry - it fills our heart!
Your website shows beautiful, radiant colors and designs.
Yes, I love radiant color such as that of sapphires, spinels or spessartite garnets. Sapphires are among the most widely used gemstones in a range of colors, especially blue. The most beautiful sapphires often come from Asia (Kashmir in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar…) but gemstones are also supplied from Africa and South America. New discoveries complete the well-known selection of precious stones (rubies, diamonds, sapphires and emeralds) and all are used today by the great jewelry houses. I also create learning events for companies and organizations – which is a popular way to learn more about gemstones.
What are your main coping skills during these Covid times?
Covid has changed the way people dress, as times are somewhat more casual and restricted now. I’m looking forward to a return of the “glitter and glamour” in life. Meanwhile, I’m very aware of the good things in my life. I’m grateful for my home life with my husband and our 10-year old daughter. We feel blessed to have quality family time together, and we take advantage of the beautiful Belgian outdoors as much as possible.
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