These Hands | Shona
These hands belong to Shona, our jewellery designer. From her sketch book, to developing the products you see online, to then being worn by you, Shona's creativity is behind each of these stages. Known for her effortless sense of style, love for cooking up a storm and ambitious DIY projects, Shona always puts her best foot forward.
With her compassionate nature, love for being creative and genuine approach, get to know more about Shona below....
Who do these hands belong to?
Hi, I’m Shona!
What is your role at Natalie Marie Jewellery and how long have you been on the team?
I am part of the design team, working closely with Natalie on the creation of our new collections. I have been part of our wonderful team for just over a year, which feels in equal parts like a lifetime and no time all!
Describe a typical day for you?
Honestly, no two days are the same – which is something I love about my job. I can go from sketching up new designs, to pouring through spreadsheets of data, staff training on new product, or photoshoots alongside our Brand Manager. My favourite days are when I get to be truly creative. For me, seeing our products develop from initial idea, to campaign, final product and all the incredible collaborative stages that come between is my favourite part about my role.
When did you first come across Natalie Marie Jewellery?
I was aware of Natalie Marie from Instagram long before I moved to Australia. I’ve always been a fan of their unique design and conscious approach. Never did I think I’d end up working here and couldn’t be happier to have become a part of the incredible team here.
What is your favourite gemstone?
If I had to pick a favourite, sapphires would be the one for me. The complexity and range of colours tells such a magical story. One day I hope to have an Australian Sapphire to remind me of the life I choose here and all of the special memories I have made, and will continue to make here.
What are you currently reading or listening to?
I’m actually searching for my next read. My top book this year has to be “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara which was recommended to me by a friend. It took me on a huge emotional journey, and I couldn’t put it down. I’m someone who likes to feel all the feelings, very deeply, and this book fed my soul so much on that.
If you could live anywhere else apart from Sydney, where would you be living?
This is such a tricky one. Having chosen to make Sydney home four years ago, I honestly would stay true and say I’m living a life I never imagined for myself here. I mean, I wouldn’t say no to having homes all over the world in incredible place I have visited. A townhouse in Paris, cottage at home in Scotland, beach hut in Sri Lanka – a girl can dream!
What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?
Spending time with friends, chatting with family back home, a long walk with my partner. I’m a people person and care deeply about those in my circle – they always bring me up when I’m feeling down.
What are you most proud of in the last year?
I think I speak for everyone when I say the last few years have felt like a complete blur and I can’t quite pinpoint one achievement. However, if they have taught me anything it has been to throw myself into opportunities that have come my way. I’m not normally someone who is into this stuff, but I truly believe I have spoken my current life into existence purely by believing in myself, and what I can bring to the table. There was a time I would have been hesitant to take on challenges, but I’ve learned that it’s always better to try and fail than never try at all. I’m going to keep on pushing myself creatively, taking opportunities to work with more incredible people – and see where it takes me!
Who do you admire most in the world?
So hard to pick one. I always come back to Mum. She’s been a beacon of support through everything I take on – even moving to the other side of the world! She’s always taught me that holding empathy, compassion and understanding for all people, from all walks of life is of the deepest importance and this is a value I will always keep close to my heart. I am who I am because of everything she has taught me, shown me and given me space to become – forever grateful and can’t wait to squeeze her soon.
What’s something you’ve done, but you’ll never do again?
I love this question, and there are so, so many funny stories. Most recently, I roped my partner into making a headboard for our bed… We are both incredibly head strong, and it’s safe to say we won’t be taking on a DIY project together for a while – I’ve been sat on the naughty steps too many times!!
Care to share your best recipe?
I adore cooking for people! I’ll get the marketing team to attach my best birthday cake recipe passed through my family. Otherwise – a medjool date stuffed with peanut butter and coated in dark chocolate – you can’t go wrong.
Describe yourself in three words.
I find these so hard – I get really awkward talking about myself! I like to think I am creative, compassionate and open-minded.
Are you bingeing any shows?
Always, love a good TV Show. I can’t lie, I’m back on the Grey’s Anatomy hype when I’m doing the dishes or folding laundry. Can’t beat it.
What quote do you live by?
I’m not a massive quotes person but I do have a tattoo that from a song I love, that says “no rain, no rainbow” which is a beautiful way to look at life.
What advice would you give your past self?
Take a chance, believe in yourself – you’ve no idea the places it can take you.