My name is Michelle Goulevitch and I would like to welcome you to Gorgeous Jewellery for you. I love designing and creating jewellery, however I had no idea that this is what I would end up doing. But as you probably know, life rarely turns out as you expect it to :)
Prior to 2006, I had a successful corporate career in the telecommunications industry. I enjoyed it and would have happily continued down that path, but in December 2005 I was stopped in my tracks by a debilitating illness called ME / CFS (Myaligic Encephalopathy / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). I was so sick I was forced to stop working.
This is when I began making jewellery. To start with, it was purely a creative outlet for me while convalescing. My "grand plan" involved getting my health back as quickly as possible and launching back into my usual life of working hard and going to the gym.
Six months later I was still too unwell to return to work. Unsure of my future, I continued to make jewellery (obsessively some might say) and as it turned out I was pretty good at it!
I tried my hand at many different styles and soon found I was particularly drawn to working with crystals and pearls because of their beauty and elegance.
Today, most of my designs are based around Swarovski crystals and pearls. I especially enjoy designing and creating wedding jewellery (including bridesmaids, flower girls, mother of the bride and so on) or something beautiful for that special occasion.
I love custom design work and the process of collaborating with someone to create unique and gorgeous jewellery they will adore and cherish.
Today, I still have have ME/CFS. Recovery from this illness is long and slow (measured in years, not weeks or months). I am however happy to say that my condition has improved alot and I have found a way to live my life with ME/CGFS..
The wonderful thing to come out of all this, is that instead of being "something to do while being unwell", designing and creating gorgeous jewellery has become a true passion.