June 08, 2022 2 min read
2 weeks ago my heart was broken. My studio/showroom space in Sydney's inner west was broken into. My studio is as much a part of me as my heart is. It has taken me a while too even to decide to write about this. But after chatting with a friend, she convinced me to write it all down and it will be cathartic for me.
I came into my studio one morning and everything was gone. All my cabinets filled with one of kind pieces i have been making over the past 4 years. Gone. All my precious one-of-a-kind gems i have been collecting. Gone. All my small tools i have actually made over the years and have become like an extension of my hands. Gone.
My heart sank. I was in shock. I thought, no this can't be happening to me again. As just over 2 years ago i was broken into at my home and had all my personal collection of antique, medieval and ancestry heirlooms taken. Gone. Forever. Only to be replaced by my rubbish insurance company who offered me Prouds vouchers.
But yes. Here we go again. This time with my own blood, sweat and tears. I may sound dramatic, but i am a very small business. Pretty much a one women show. So I did take this personally. Even tho, I know I probably shouldn't.
Luckily I have the most amazing customers that were understanding and let me take my time, starting again on their custom pieces.
I hear some of you say, why didn't you have insurance on your jewellery pieces? You are correct. But I am a small independent run business and I couldn't afford the astronomical insurance they put on jewellery businesses. I have been in my studio complex for over 8 years, it has cctv and nothing has ever happened to anyone in this space. I work here late into the night and have never felt unsafe.
Phew. I do feel better. Thanks for reading and hearing me carry on. But yes, thanks dear friend, i do feel better.
Keep your precious sentimental pieces secured if you can.
All my love x Hayley x
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