The 2016 version of the Summer Olympic Games is now underway in Rio. Forget about the many controversies that come along with this event every four years. Focus, if you will, on the true spirit of the games and the true beauty of the effort that a majority of the athletes put into their competition. In many instances one individual is facing incalculable odds while striving to become an Olympic champion.
What the public sees is the ten seconds of the hundred metre final or a swim that takes well under a minute to capture a new world record. What the public does not see is the lifetime of sacrifice, training, joy, and sorrow that brings these highly skilled, focused and determined competitors to the place that they are.
These are unique individuals with a character and vision all their own. They strive to be the very best they can be accepting nothing less than perfection in what they do. Nothing, but nothing except ultimate victory is within their understanding
Perhaps it may seem odd to compare the design of custom jewellery to the making of a world class athlete but think about it for a moment. The raw talent of muscle and sinew is molded and shaped through effort and determination, in the case of the athlete, into a unique competitor. The custom jeweller creates from a wide variety of raw materials a unique piece through the same dedication, effort and determination. There can be no mistaking the beauty of the finished product in the case of an athlete. How could one question the beauty of the result as a custom ring, bracelet, or pendant is born at the hands of a master jeweller.
Just as athletes strive for years to arrive at the pinnacle of their discipline, so do jewellers who take on the challenge of creating custom pieces. An Olympic medal may not be within your grasp but reaping the reward of a custom designed piece of jewellery certainly is!