CONVERSATIONS: YOU & ME: Jeweller Janine Binneman

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I adore this woman Janine Binneman who makes the most appealing and enchanting pieces of jewellery, so I decided to find out more about her inspirations, her bucket list and what she’s currently working on:

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Did you always want to be a jewellery designer?

I always loved making things as a kid; I would mission around with a pair of scissors, glue and a stapler! I had a troop of paper dolls with hand coloured dresses, baby dolls with tiny handmade shoes and Ken Doll who I blinged out to the max!

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Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration is without a doubt the biggest ‘Rockstar Chick’, Mother Nature.

Just look around – the Ombre colours in the changing seasons, the vibrant colours of the sea and the way the light changes colours we see on a daily basis!

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What are you currently working on?

I’m obsessed with Gemstones (another one of Mother Nature’s gifts) and currently planning my next gemstone hunting trip to Asia in September. I am working on a gem focused line which I’m not too sure of the deets, but watch this space; there will defs be loads of colour!

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What does a normal day involve?

Each day is crazy busy and totally unique. I’m lucky enough to see clients daily as I love the vibe they bring into our creative space. I get to make their bling dreams come true, which it epic.

I spend time designing, playing with gemstones, drawing and hand colouring each client’s design, (I’m old school like that). I work on the quotes for all the pieces, whilst getting to the daily grind of emails and correspondence. When I’m lucky I get a few hours at my jewellery work bench, but this is happening less and less as my business grows. I end my day off, generally after hours, by catching up on all my Istagram DM’s as I really love connecting with our tribe.

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Your vice?

My Vice is Bubbly, the drier the better!

How do you switch off?

I switch off by reading for about an hour or two every night before I go to sleep as it stops me from making never-ending lists of what needs to be done tomorrow and the anxiety that goes hand in hand.

I start every Monday with a killer training session with two friends and a hard-core trainer as this keeps me focussed, fit and gets me ready to kick the week’s butt. To calm me down, I do Yin Yoga and aerial yoga weekly.

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A mantra for life?

My mantra is “ Mermaiding to the Max”, living my life as me and doing as much as I can in the best possible way that is totally me.

Beauty product you love?

My top beauty product is my Vichy BB cream with SPF50. I carry a tube in my bag and never leave the house without it on my face! It has great coverage, is non-sticky and a high SPF!

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What living person do you most admire?

I admire strong, unapologetic women like Pink, Brene’ Brown, Shonda Rhimes.

On home soil I admire a friend of mine, Abigail Sheridan, who started Chic Mamas do Care– a charity that collects and sells previously loved clothing. All the funds goes into educational projects focussing on preschool learning and school readiness. In the short time of 5 years we have raised over R5 million that has been redistributed into our local communities. This was her dream and it is now a reality. The only way to change our future is to focus on our kids education. I feel super proud to one of the trustees of Chic Mamas.

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Greatest extravagance?

My greatest extravagance is buying Gemstones- lucky for me, I can sell them! I get the adrenaline buzz of hunting them, the retail therapy of paying for them and then the joy of seeing them go off to live with their new families- seriously it’s the best.

Any regrets?

I don’t have any regrets. I totally believe that the choices I’ve made have brought me to my now and it’s pretty damn amazing! When I turned 40, I decided that I would travel for my work, which I’ve made happen, so I now travel twice a year to go gem hunting!

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Your favourite travel destination?

I love to travel, it’s up there with my gemstone obsession! I love beaches and islands, (which mermaid wouldn’t)? I’m also a total culture vulture, where Italy holds my heart, steeped in history, the old streets, galleries – total bliss! I hope to spend teh rest of my life travelling!

On your bucket list?

So many things on my bucket list like the Northern Lights, Iceland, Machu Pichu, Peru, the Easter Islands, Madagascar, the Camino and so many others!

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I hope you enjoyed that – I sure did! You see, Janine is full of life, love and everything!!

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Cath

CONVERSATIONS: Janine Binneman Jewellery

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PHOTO: Janine and Sir Huffington (who is famous in his own right as a TV star for Frontline!)

Professional jeweller and gemologist Janine Binneman’s energy, passion and love shines through into the jewellery pieces she creates. In addition to her bespoke pieces she creates, such as engagement rings or one-of-a-kind custom pieces, once a year Janine puts together a capsule collection of ready-to-wear items.

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WHAT CAREER WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF IT WASN’T AS A JEWELLERY DESIGNER?

If I had my way I would have been on stage but I have the most terrible voice, I’m 5 foot nothing so hardly visible on a stage and I have a mouth that runs away with me.

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD?

I sent my portfolio in to study Graphics and a brilliant lecturer spotted my talent for jewels and told me to study Jewellery Design; best decision ever. I would totally have dropped out if I had studied Graphics.

FIVE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU:

Indescribable! Haha. Super friendly, really cool to have as a friend, mad, loyal, loving and a total adrenalin junkie. Oh, and slightly loud!

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FAVOURITE CITY:

ROMA, the centre of my universe! We took both the girls last year and it was an experience of a lifetime! Cannot wait to take them back for a few weeks in the future.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF DRESSING?

Eclectic. I love a mix of modern, vintage and classic. If it looks good on me, I make it my own.

I love getting cool one-off pieces from Chic Mama’s, a great charity that sells designer pieces to fund kids’ education.

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HEELS OR FLATS:

In my head I love heels! I love to buy them, stare at them and try them on. Sometimes I might actually wear them to important meetings, BUT generally I’m in my studio wearing a leather apron with black hands and either boots or my slip slops!I’ve finally stopped missioning around barefoot in the studio; being a boss made me wear shoes. Hilarious! Oh, but I always have beautiful painted toes!

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BEAUTY ESSENTIALS:

Chanel No 5 and Eclat Touche by YSL, Virgin Coconut oil as a moisturiser, my night serum and my Revlon Colour Burst Lacquer Balm, in Whimsical Fantasiste.

BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE:

Travelling. I would easily go without food just to travel!Oh, that sounds insensitive but you know what I mean.

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FAVOURITE PERFUME:

Chanel no 5

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WINTER OR SUMMER:

Summer on steroids

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LUNCHTIME OR DINNER DATE:

Hot Dinner date! Having kids makes going out at night a total mission, so any excuse to dress up in a LBD and heels.

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FAVOURITE MOVIE OR BOOK:

‘A Man Called Ove’. I fell madly in love with the main character of this book. I finished it a month ago and not a day goes past without thinking of him. I even got my husband to read it!

I loved “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, a fab read for anyone creative, where you can go back to it at any time. Oh, I just finished ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’ which was super cool. I could go on and on and on; I’m a book fiend!

My favourite movies are ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’, ‘The Secret life of Walter Mitty’, ‘The Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Love Actually’.

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AN INSPIRING QUOTE OR A LIFE RULE:

My Greek Granpa used to say, “I will not empty my head to fill yours”. I totally think of that when dealing with someone who sees no reason.

I live my life with three words, Trust, joy and abundance.

SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT YOU THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW:

I broke our junior school record for hurdles in Standard 5, and NO I did not run under them, I actually jumped.

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