As you probably figured out, I am Diana Vasile, the mind behind these nine circles of wonders if I can call them that.
Happy to meet you!
When people ask me how I started with this, I almost always used to tell them that it was a happy mistake that led me to what I wanted to do. What actually happened is that the world has a way of nudging you in the direction that you are supposed to be doing, and you just have to allow yourself to be open to the experience. I did so and it is the best thing that I could have done.
Despite being rigorously trained in math and IT, I rebelled against the perfection of science and I followed my bond with gems and gemstones. I always felt a fascination with them and, at first, collected them wherever I went. When a happy event got me to Assamblage jewellery school, I took some classes and I was hooked. I decided that I was meant to do this. And so it began.
I do have a tendency of going for the brightest gems, the most unique roughs and the best particularities. This might be in part because of my magpie personality, but also because of my obsession with a gem's individuality. These are the gems with the brightest desire to belong. They demand to be included and like to choose their perfect spot.
My main source of inspiration has always been rooted in nature and in the way I interact with it. While I can't keep a cactus alive, I like to freeze it in place forever. I love trapping moments that inspire me. When I am making a piece I feel like I am writing a story I know nothing about and is bursting to be discovered.
I am endlessly drawn by the stunning landscapes that raise the gems I choose and by the wildlife that calls these places home. The iridescent flash of a feather, the colourful wing of a butterfly and the blush of a flower are always in my mind. When I create, I enjoy letting my inspiration run rampant through everything that inspires me. That's when I feel everything comes together beautifully. It's also what I need to recharge and replenish my imagination.
Another deep fascination of mine is with colours. I am inspired by the interplay of colours that surround us. Our emotions are closely bonded with colours: some of them uplift our souls while others drain us. We form bonds with colours or we rely on the lack of them.