I remember one day, that time I was Briefly in Grad School, being recommended a book that sounded excruciatingly dull. Seeing that my enthusiasm was… lacking, my advisor gave me a funny look, and said, “you should be EXCITED to read this.” (An early indicator that I and my thesis area were not a good fit.)
It’s been over ten years, but his comment comes back to me now and again. And now, I think I get it. The other night, I received my copy of Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry, a massive tome of knowledge. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Outwardly, I was calmly turning pages, but inwardly, I was rabid-fangirl-screaming at almost every photograph. The GRANULATION! The FILIGREE! The insane micro-mosaic work! The scope of the information given, the microscopic details blown up for close examination..!! (Yep, it’s been a non-stop nerd-fest here in Danielle-land.)
It’s weird to think back ten years, to what I thought I wanted to focus on. I hadn’t yet discovered what a consuming passion both jewelry and gemstones would be! I’ve found the right path. I just need to keep walking.