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Maya-Kayukwa

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I’m Maya, a Jewellery Professional and Journalist.

A fan of Art Deco jewellery, Zambian emeralds, literary fiction and Darjeeling with almond mylk. I’m also an advocate of marine conservation and women empowerment. You can see more on my Instagram here.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Background & timeline:
2008-2012: launched and ran a fashion blog
2012epic internship and travelling
2013: diploma @GIA
2013-2015: book publishing house, positions in Editorial & Legal
2015: world’s top 3 auction houses: role in jewellery department
2015: launched The Carat Soup (2015)
2018: launched The Carat Soup Podcast
2018: Commitment to #SustainableLuxury

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After my first foray into journalism, later book publishing and studies at the Gemological Institute of America, The Carat Soup was a natural next step. The Carat Soup started life on a napkin over supper during the autumn of 2014, with the first post published in January 2015. I’ve since had the pleasure of having contributors from all walks of life. As well as attending various events around the world.

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Philosophy
I am guided by an uncompromising commitment to supporting women in mining, championing girls’ education and marine conservation efforts.

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Overall, I am thrilled to have a creative space for people who believe in the life-enhancing beauty of gemstones and jewellery, are curious about gem sources and enjoy the fusion of history, science and art.

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