The first thing I do in the morning is…
…feed my cat.
I cannot have breakfast without…
My perfect breakfast consists of…
…baked eggs on toast.
The best person for me to have breakfast with is…
…my boyfriend because he makes great eggs!
Meet Goldsmith Esther van Dijk
Can you give us a short introduction about yourself?
My name is Esther van Dijk and I am 36 years old. I have had this shop for 8 years. I have been practicing my job as a goldsmith for about 16 years now.
How does one become a goldsmith?
To get the proper training to perform this particular job I went to the vocational school in Amsterdam. However once you become an intern that is when you really start to learn the craftmanship.
When did you start working as a goldsmith?
I started working as a goldsmith when I was about 20 years old.
Tell us something about your style of work.
Personally I love semi precious gemstones and big chunky rings. I often try to combine gold and silver.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I try to visit as many fairs all over Europe. Whenever I buy gem stones I get new ideas.
What kind of techniques do you prefer using most?
The technique I prefer most is sawing. That is my specialty! Of course knowing how to polish is an important skill as well. That is when you get to see the finishing product.
How do people react to a female goldsmith?
It is actually very common. Most goldsmiths are female. When I was studying to become a goldsmith there were actually only 2 male students in my class!
What can we expect of you in the (near) future?
Many beautiful rings, especially earrings. I just love big earrings!
Visit Esther’s shop at Utrechtstestraat 31 in Amsterdam or at www.esthergoudsmid.nl.