The Carat Soup started life on a napkin over supper during the autumn of 2014, with the first post published in January 2015.
MAYA’S BACKGROUND & TIMELINE:
+ I launched and ran a fashion blog from 2008 to 2012
+ EPIC internship and travelling (2012)
+ GIA diploma (2013)
+ book publishing house – positions in Editorial & Legal (2013-2015)
+ role @Christie’s jewellery dept. (2015)
+ launched The Carat Soup (2015)
I am part of a multi-generational family of gemstone, jewellery and mining professionals from Southern Africa. We have almost 130 years of familial ties to the UK. This allows me to successfully bridge the gap between the two backgrounds. Both are culturally rich in heritage and fascinating anecdotes aplenty!
After my first foray into journalism, later book publishing and studies at the Gemological Institute of America, this was a natural next step. Have since had the pleasure of having contributors from all walks of life and attending various events around the world.
I am guided by an uncompromising commitment to supporting women in mining, gemstones/jewellery and championing girls’ education. I also really enjoy proudly showcasing the wonders of Zambia – an abundance of mineral wealth in a rainbow of coloured stones.
Overall, I am thrilled to have a creative space for people like me. 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.