Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Xenia Walschikow jewelleryOh boy, that was a difficult day. I mean the day Sabine and I visited the Jewellery Art Fair 2017 (Sieraad Art Fair). We both had already spent all of our money. The last place we should be was at this jewellery fair. We were tempted so many times and we would have succumbed if it wasn’t for lack of time. I didn’t look at the information before going and wrongly assumed that two and a half hours would be enough. Enough for 120 jewellery stands/artists… NOT. All of a sudden it was time to leave and see Anke with her newborn daughter. At the end of this post you will see some photos of that visit, but first the jewellery temptations.

Above: This beautiful necklace is made with paint. Just paint. By Xenia Walschikow who also made my birthday brooch.

Let me show you the day in chronological order.

Before heading to the jewellery fair Sabine and I met for lunch at an establishment which had some unusual items (Pacific Park).

Below: Like a spider web window, with a monkey in the middle.

Below: Like this funny sign which had us laughing out loud.

Below: And like a big green monkey out front.

Below: We took some pictures outside. I was wearing my flared jeans by Paige (worn before with my Kermit green jacket), a black jacket which is part of my Max Mara skirt suit, a vintage brooch (very popular this year) and the bag I bought at a Design & Crafts Fair, brand: Marck & Mo (you can see the bag better in that post). I hardly ever wear this pretty bag as it is quite attention drawing.

Not much of a pose; still working on that.

Below: I was wearing my husband’s hat. It is nicer when I pull it down a bit more at the front.

Below: Outfit with coat. So so I think. I can do better.

Below: Sabine was wearing a lovely green leather skirt from Young Designers United and a fluffy blue sweater. Her awesome leather jacket you have seen before but it never tires.


Below: The back of the skirt has a deliberate fold. Quirky detail.


We weren’t paying attention and it took us a while to find the building where the jewellery fair was taking place. This gave us even less time to see everything. We were not aware of this yet.

You will see various artists. Whenever I have a website of an artist, I will add a link.

Below: The first stall and we were already going “oohh” and “ahhh”. Artist Francesca Verardo. This necklace for instance had my interest. Porecelain.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Francesca made more lovely things, like this porecelain ball. We also saw two brooches with this design and earrings.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Cannot remember the whole story behind these “beads”. Something like porcelain baked at a very high temperature and absorbing the ashes.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: The next artist was Joyce Stouten of De Ekster. This ring (there is a ring underneath the elaborate top) is guilded silver and I adored it. It fit me too. Oh temptation.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Artist Olga van Doorn (Instagram: olgavandoornjewelry). This is one ring, spread over two fingers. It stayed on really well and is definitely a conversation starter.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: This stunning ring is also by Olga van Doorn (see above) and was Sabine’s Waterloo (well, neary). She is still contemplating and she is just as broke as I am.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Oh.. how good. 24 carat gold on bronze (I think), € 750 if I remember correctly. Artist: Giulia Barela. Sabine and I fell in love. Giulia also had fantastic long snake earrings.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Sabine trying it for size…. Perfect on such a background. The colour is really more orange, as in the photo above.


Below: Artist Monica Iacovenco ( from Romenia. That blue one in the front nearly came home with me.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Sabine was in love with this porcelain necklace by Pilino Soma, even though her long hair struggled with the necklace. As I was the photographer that day, Sabine was my model.


Over to the kind artists who gave us free entrance tickets: The Jewelry Story. Forgive me the quality of the photos. They don’t do the pieces justice.

Below: A long strand of wooden beads. The sides are painted (?) white.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: This is what it looks like wearing it in two layers. The artist (Marion Pannekoek) is showing it for us. Could have bought her dress too.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Sabine modelling a ring by The Jewelry Store. Blurry photo but you get the beauty.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Another wooden necklace.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: A turquoise necklace. You can see the details and price on The Jewelry Story.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: I think this is the lapis lazuli necklace so I have linked to the price and the details. They do ship abroad as they have lived and worked in the USA for many years and have a lot of clients there.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Here is where a creative brain differs from a brain like mine. Sabine was besotted with these silk hand-made cushions. They are brooches, there is a filigree pin attached. I couldn’t see beyond the price, thinking “Holy moly… for a piece of fabric with a pin?” At home I showed the picture to Ron and he immediately said: “That is really nice”. Sabine and Ron have creative brains. I don’t. Anyway, the female artist is Biljana Klekachkoska from Macedonia. She also sells on Etsy, so I thought I would provide you with a link to her Etsy site.

Jewellery Art Fair 2017

Below: Artist Xenia Walschikow, from England (originally from Russia) who made my fab brooch. I wanted to meet her in person.

Xenia Walschikow

She kindly took some pictures of us, while we were wearing her creations.

Below: A collar necklace in green.

Xenia Walschikow jewellery

Below: Sabine is wearing a similar necklace by Xenia as I do in the top picture, but this one is longer. Xenia wears a necklace (it is paint) which follows the contours of your body when you wear it. Because of your body warmth. The first time I saw this necklace I thought it was a bit too “loud”. Now I have grown to love it.

Xenia Walschikow jewellery

Below: Sabine trying to make a “welfie”. I am wearing Xenia’s necklace in another colour.

Xenia Walschikow jewellery

We were about to walk on to other stalls, wearing Xenia’s necklaces to advertise her work, when I looked at my watch. PANIC. We had to leave immediately if we were to be in time for our visit to Anke. As Anke gave birth to her daughter only two weeks earlier, we didn’t want to stay longer than an hour. So I grabbed Sabine and said: “Give back the necklace and let’s run.” Of course Sabine started to complain: “But I haven’t even seen half of the fair!!’ and “I want to back to that stall”. No, No, No. We really have to go and you haven’t got money either. Let’s be thankful I am such a bad judge of time. This way we enjoyed it and got off scot-free.

In the car and off we went to Anke’s house.

Let’s talk baby.

Below: Here I am with Roosmarijn (pronounce: Rose-Mah-Rhine), Anke’s two weeks old daughter.

Below: Anke changing her nappy. (It was dark.. bad photo).


Below: Sabine (mother to a boy and a girl) giving Roosmarijn a little kiss. She is still so tiny.


Below: I had to show you these two grainy photos of Roosmarijn in daddy’s baby carrier (daddy is camera shy).

Below: Her head wasn’t even reaching the top of the carrier, so daddy kept it open for her to breath.

We gave the presents (baby clothes for when she is a year, not in the photo) and said goodbye.


That is it for this week.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. 19 November 2017 / 18:06

    Oh my goodness Greetje, going to a jewellery fair would have been my undoing! I’d have been unable to resist! Of all the amazing pieces Xenia’s are my favourites. I do love a statement necklace. Such a gorgeous little baby girl, she looks much more chilled out than mine was at two weeks old – Isobel screamed nonstop for six months!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      19 November 2017 / 19:13

      You poor thing.. six months nonstop.. mothers of babies like that I always advise to go to an osteopath. I know two very skilled ones in the Netherlands. As there is often something just not quite right with their neck due to the strain of birth. Only a couple of gentle moves and they are right as rain. Of course not every baby that cries has this, but… Anyway… too late for you.
      And believe me, if we had had more time, neither Sabine nor I would have left that fair without buying something.

  2. Bette
    19 November 2017 / 19:20

    I really love how the universe times the arrival of your blog posts here in Washington DC to be lunchtime on a Sunday. Soup, coffee, and Greetje — perfect!

    Sabine’s Waterloo would have been mine, too. I love that ring!

    But above all, the beautiful little baby Roosmarijn — so sweet.

    • Greetje
      19 November 2017 / 20:27

      I had been ogling Sabine’s ring as well. There were so many items that I would have loved to take home… We cannot have it all. Alas.
      I am glad you like my timing. I always schedule for 17.15 Amsterdam time. How that works out across the ocean, I have never worked out that well.

  3. 19 November 2017 / 19:39

    First…such a fabulous little baby!! How does that just not make your heart melt???
    And that jewelry—there are just so many absolutely creative people that it is mind boggling!!! Sometimes I start to feel somewhat creative, and then I see things like this and think—nope!!!!!
    Either I read it too fast or totally missed it, but you are saying that you didn’t buy anything?? I’m not sure I could do that…..Of course, there is next year….

    • Greetje
      19 November 2017 / 20:31

      I have the same thing as you do: I start something creative and one look in a magazine or on the internet and I know it is crxp what I make. Indeed you didn’t miss it, I DIDN’T buy anything. It was only for sudden lack of time, otherwise I would not have gotten out there alive (alive = without buying something). Anke’s daughter is sweet and only cries a little when she wants food.

  4. 19 November 2017 / 22:12

    Hi Greetje. I love the jewellery you show us this week and have as always enjoyed your story full of humor. The most beautiful of all jewels came at the end of your blogpost of course: what a sweet baby girl Roosmarijn is. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:15

      Babies and animals always win. Nothing material can beat that.

  5. 19 November 2017 / 22:34

    Oh, I’m so glad I wasn’t with you. I am a serious jewellery enabler. I adore so many of these pieces (and the snake earrings you linked to have me fainting… LOVE!).

    Sabine needs needs NEEDS that “waterloo” ring. What a beauty. I want it. Just imagine how many pieces you’d have fallen in love with if you had a few more hours there? Maybe I need to put this in my calendar for next year…

    Roosmarijn is absolutely adorable; I love that name.

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:21

      Oh yes, if we had had more time we would never and I mean NEVER, walked ot of there without buying something. There is another fair called Meesterlijk (design and crafts fair) which is also very tempting. There is one coming up 1-3 December ( And I am not going. I will never survive. Last time I bought the bag by Marck&Mo.
      And eh.. if you out the Sieraad fair in your calender, that would mean you are in Amsterdam…

  6. 19 November 2017 / 22:46

    Fabulous jewelry, so unique and creative! I think my favorite is that multi-finger ring.

    Anke’s baby is adorable, and what a head of hair!

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:23

      Of course Anke’s baby is adorable haha. Babies always are. That multi-finger ring was one of my longings too. But who am I kidding… there were sooo many items I wanted.

  7. Marilee Gramith
    19 November 2017 / 22:49

    You look really great in Ron’s hat! How fun that you two can share few fashionable accessories!
    This was such an entertaining post Greetje! I know I’ve said it before but the way you are always in the midst of some life adventure makes you blog SO compelling! It’s always equal parts” what your wearing” and “what you’re doing” and now I realize that we also know “what your feeling” as well. I just love feeling so included in the fun!!
    WOW!! The jewelry items you featured are so modern in style, very creative and TEMPTING!!! I think your power to resist purchasing something was definitely enhanced by the fact that you had an important commitment to keep with Anke and her precious new daughter! Lucky break!!!
    Someday darling little Roosmarijn will be shopping with her mother and you and Sabine and the tradition will be continued!

    • 20 November 2017 / 07:24

      I love Greetje’s blog for the same reasons. You put it very well!

      • Greetje
        20 November 2017 / 21:27

        Now now girls… you make me conceited. Or shy. 😘😘😎

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:26

      I suppose it is my nature to share everything with as many people as I can. I just love that. Which is presumably why blogging fits me so well. And yes, the lack of time was a lucky break. There is another great Design and crafts fair coming up 1-3 December. You won’t see me there. I now know I will never be able to resist the temptation.
      Didn’t you just love that little hand of Roosmarijn sticking out of the carrier? Such a lovely picture.

    • 21 November 2017 / 12:30

      Well put Marilee. Greetje’s blog is always a good start of a new week, because of her writing. Love, Lieske

      • Greetje
        21 November 2017 / 18:20

        Don’t make me vain hahaha!!

  8. 20 November 2017 / 00:12

    Great post. I really enjoyed it. Love the green ring that covers all fingers and the gold over bronze necklace. OMG, that store would be dangerous for my wallet!

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:28

      It wasn’t a store Nicole, it was a fair. It was only there for four days. Which makes the urgency to buy something even worse haha.

  9. 20 November 2017 / 07:34

    I feel relieved and also deprived not having the jewellery-shopping bug. I have no idea how I would handle a passion for more things to wear. I shall admire your adventures from here. Your pieces always add wonderful interest to your outfits. Those paint pieces are sooo cool – well, they all are. You and Sabine both look like women ready for action.
    As for Anke’s newborn Roosmarijn, it’s hard to believe a human can be so small. She is so sweet. Congratulations to the Anke and her partner.

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:32

      You have O to make you great jewellery. Now that is a unique. Having a shopping or jewellery addiction isn’t fun. You cross boundries all the time and have to pay (back) for that. We were ready for action. Luckily time was on our side.
      I will give your congratulations to Anke. Although she might be reading the comments.

  10. 20 November 2017 / 08:43

    I can imagine you were ooh ing and ah ing all the time. What a fabulous pieces. But what I really love is Sabine s outfit! I love leather skirts and I love ,,faults,, in clothes!! The color is just so beautiful and the blue sweater is perfect for the skirt!

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:33

      Yes, Sabine knows how to dress. She has an impressive wardrobe haha.

  11. Wendy in York
    20 November 2017 / 19:18

    I have to thank you for showing us such a wonderful selection of jewelry. I’m not into the traditional & lean towards the inventive & quirky . I think I could find room for one or two of those pieces . Cute little baby – & Sabine has very pretty hands .

    • Greetje
      20 November 2017 / 21:35

      And there were so many more contemporary and quirky items. I mean 120 stalls… How could I have thought we could cover that in two and a half hours? Silly. Lots of them sell onlne too, but I am not going to look. 😊

  12. 21 November 2017 / 05:51

    I truly don’t know where to start here! I guess with the paint necklace, that is astonishing, amd beautiful! I love your outfit, I have the same jeans I think, but you look way better in yours. All of that beautiful jewelry. …. swoon…. I also love the large aquamarine ring! Stunning.
    That photo of you with Kermit! Hah! Such fun you have,
    And that sweet little baby girl…. nothing More precious!

    also, thanks for your recent comments that were so supportive!


    • Greetje
      21 November 2017 / 18:16

      If you had been to this jewellery fair, I bet you wouldn’t have walked out of there without buying something. Although… you make great stuff yourself.

      • 25 November 2017 / 04:13

        I most surely would have bought something…the only question, would be how many something’s…? Lol ! if I do go to a fair like that I will always support an artisan… lofty and altruistic, right?
        Well that would be part of it…I would so much rather buy gifts at a place like that than a commercial shopping mall.
        You chose very well, indeed !
        Happy weekend !

        • Greetje
          25 November 2017 / 09:14

          I totally agree. These items are unique and supporting an artisan is half the fun. Perhaps I will buy something next year. Have to save up for it.

  13. Sue
    21 November 2017 / 16:18

    Oh sweet baby. I miss having babies around they bring so much joy. As for the jewlery, well, some of it is very nice and some I just can’t get into it.

    • Greetje
      21 November 2017 / 18:19

      There were at least 50 to 60 more stands we didn’t see plus I didn’t make photos of every stall we did see because I didn’t like everything. Perhaps the things I didn’t like, you might have loved. Fortunately we all like different things. Makes the world go round.
      And yes Roosmarijn is very sweet. She only cries a little when she wants food. Seems logical.

  14. 21 November 2017 / 18:27

    Oh what a sweet newborn she is. Adorable photos and quite right that you had to leave and as you said maybe a blessing because if I was there, I would have been spending like mad!
    What fantastic pieces. So more interesting that most of the tut sold by the chain stores! I like the green collar on you and I would have bought the two rings – the one you liked and the one Sabine nearly bought. Beautiful.
    And I think you’re too hard on yourself, Greetje! I like your outfit, especially with Ron’s hat!

    • Greetje
      22 November 2017 / 13:28

      I am always hard on myself. Cause I know I can do better. Sabine’s ring had my interest too. I liked both of them. Totally different rings, but both look so good. My taste isn’t following a single path. I have abandoned the idea of ever having a signature style. Or perhaps: style all over the place?

  15. 21 November 2017 / 22:06

    I love going to shows like that. You get to see so many very unique pieces.

    Anke’s daughter is beautiful. Anke doesn’t even look that tired!


    • Greetje
      22 November 2017 / 13:31

      Anke is so immensely happy with her daughter that I think she forget to be tired. But I bet she is. Her husband is a big help. Such a great guy, I really like him a lot.
      Just imagine, all the unique pieces in those stalls I haven’t seen…. there was so much beauty.

  16. 22 November 2017 / 15:32

    All that gorgeous jewelry…..and then a cuddle with a newborn. It just doesn’t get much better than that. i enjoyed the tour of the show. It’s something I’d never think of doing, but now you have piqued my interest!

    • Greetje
      22 November 2017 / 21:54

      If you want to save some pennies, you better forget the whole idea haha. You will never come out of it without buying something. There are so many beautiful things. Next week there is a Design & Crafts Fair at the same place. I am not going. Love to see it and take pictures, but I should have thought of this before I blew my money.

  17. 23 November 2017 / 01:32

    Oh yes. I second the osteoptath. We also have a locally based chiropractor that specializes in newborns.

  18. 23 November 2017 / 01:35

    Gosh, that is one beautiful little baby! She is so sweet!

    Okay….you didn’t have enough time, nor did you have enough money. Hopefully this is an annual event and you can plan for next year! I would love this show for the creativity alone! AMAZING concepts!

    The little pillows…very whimsical which I love! I am a creative. That being said, I often have trouble spending too much money on these treasures, although I do appreciate the time involved.

    • Greetje
      24 November 2017 / 06:32

      Those little pillows with a great pin… you could easily create one yourself. Or would that be stealing the idea? Hmmm it would, wouldn’t it? But if you don’t use the idea commercially and being all the way in Canada, I suppose you could make one and call it “been inspired” 😉.

  19. 25 November 2017 / 20:47

    As much as I love looking at handmade jewellery, I cannot go to shows like that because the temptation to buy something is sooo overwhelming. I am a little better since I started my blog because if I see something I love, I can photograph it and share it with others, and I don’t feel like I have to own everything I fall in love with. There were definitely some wonderful pieces there – I am intrigued by the Paint necklaces.

    I confess to not being very interested in babies, but she is very cute.

    • Greetje
      26 November 2017 / 19:32

      Hahaha, I loved your confession about little interest in babies. Although I have no children of my own (but I do have a stepdaughter), I adore babies and todlers.
      The paint necklaces (brooches and earrings) are definitely something new and unique. And I should not go to these fairs either for the same reason, too much temptation. I am now trying to improve and not want to buy everything I see. Wish me luck.

  20. 26 November 2017 / 12:13

    Oh that fair looks GOOOOD!! That would have been bad for my wallet for sure. My strategy at the moment is to just not to shop. Works really well. Great to see you’re still getting some good use of those Paige jeans and looking good in them!

    Congratulations to Anke Roosmarijn is gorgeous!

    • Greetje
      26 November 2017 / 19:35

      That fair is good, really good. And I am dead sure you would have spent money their. So many contemporary pieces. My strategy is the same as yours: not shop at all. But for a reason as I am broke again. But I have made a promise (to myself) to be better in future. Like with food, not to binge and then diet, but to be disciplined and not buy more than a certain limit. Wish me luck.

  21. 27 November 2017 / 08:38

    The pins with the cushions are nice, but I would not pay that much for them. The green collar necklace that you wear in one of the pictures is nice too. For the rest there is nothing that I would fall in love with, so I guess that I would have been safe, hahaha…

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 17:33

      There were 120 more stand. You would not have been safe.

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