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At first, her father, Terrence
Mark, did not approve of her
decision to pursue jewelry
design as a career. She was
prepared to fund her studies in
New York on her own.
"My father was frowning
when I told him. I didn't ask for
support. I started to look for
"Then my dad realised I was
serious and the support came
afterwards. Today he is my
Mark said her mother Joanna
is her greatest motivator and
stood by her side from the start.
"My mother supports any and
everything I want to do. She
may have fears and would
express those, but once I
convince her that this is
something I want to do, I will
work hard at it. My mom always
says nothing is insurmountable
if you put your best foot
forward," Mark said.
Some of her pieces were
exhibited in Manhattan during a
show last year.
Anyone wanting to purchase
Mark's designs can contact her
at call 798-5474.
There is a
have with the
It was serendipity that led Josanne
Mark to discover a talent for jewelry
While she was at the University of the
West Indies studying psychology and
human resource management, Mark had
to restring a broken beaded necklace given
to her by her friend.
ments. I took
thread and got
bits and pieces
from my jew-
elry box and
of jewelry, which I then
sold," Mark said.
This surprising turn in
her career path, meant she
had a thriving alternative
trade on campus.
Interestingly, Mark said
jewelry and fashion were
never high on her agenda
as a child. She was always
academic and was vale-
dictorian when she grad-
uated at the Fyzabad Angli-
can Secondary school.
After graduating from UWI,
she applied to several com-
panies for work but did not
immediately get through.
"After three months of sending out
resumes, I realised that I wanted to go
full-time into my jewelry making busi-
ness," Mark said.
It took a bit of convincing her parents
that jewelry-making was her passion but
eventually she got the support and went
to the Fashion Institute of Technology in
Manhattan where she graduated cum
laude (outstanding honours).
Mark has successfully used T&T s rich
cultural legacy to craft fine jewelry pieces
using semi-precious stones such as
amethysts, turquoise, freshwater pearls
and Swarovski crystals in amazing gold
and silver settings.
She s now busy preparing her 2014 col-
Some of her exquisite pieces were
revealed at Stechers in Gulf City, La
In an interview, Mark said her latest
collection involves the use of natural flora
and fauna from T&T.
Picking leaves from her hometown at
Fyzabad, Mark has been able to electro-
form the leaves and coat them in fine
silver and gold. According to the Jewelry
Making Web site, electroforming allows
the jeweler to take organic objects and
coat them with a layer of real metal.
"You have the aesthetic of something
created by nature. It is magnificent
because I took real leaves and electro-
formed them in 24-carat gold and fine
silver," she said. "These pieces are making
it big abroad and many people want to
know what type of leaves they are," Mark
Josanne Mark displays one of her designs with "the aesthetic of something
created by nature."
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Pieces range in price from $200 per set of earrings to $8,000
CHIANG MAI---Residents of this
facility for people with Alzheimer's
disease toss around a yellow ball and
laugh under a cascade of water with
their caregivers, in a swimming pool
ringed by palm trees and wind chimes.
Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of
delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles.
Watching is her husband, Ulrich, who
has a heart-rending decision: to leave
his wife of 41 years in this facility
9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from
home, or to bring her back to
Their homeland treats the elderly as
well as any nation on Earth, but Ulrich
Kuratli says the care here in northern
Thailand is not only less expensive but
more personal. In Switzerland, "You
have a cold, old lady who gives you pills
and tells you to go to bed," he says.
Kuratli and his three grown children
have given themselves six months to
decide while the retired software
developer lives alongside his 65-year-
old wife in Baan Kamlangchay ---
"Home for Care from the Heart." (AP)
Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nations
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