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Elegant Cityscape Rings by Ola Shekhtman

Jewelry designer Ola Shekhtman (previously featured here) began her professional career as a goldsmith student in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shekhtman’s exceptional talent allows her to hand make every process in the creation of her contemporary designs. She manually melts metal and is responsible for rolling, sawing, soldering and polishing every detail by hand.

An avid traveler, the Serbian-born artist habitually relocates with her family every couple of years to a different city. Inspired by different cityscapes, sceneries and aesthetics, Shekhtman’s creations are a direct reflection of her personal life. In addition to being an expert with working with metal, she is trained in 3D modeling. Her collection of rings features major cities, including New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and Dubai among others. You can find the entire series in her Etsy shop.

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How to fall in love with a new city

Almost six years ago, a man I’d been seeing for a few months told me he was in love with me.

Stunned, I responded with a string of apologetic, incomprehensible ramblings. While I liked this guy — a lot — I didn’t love him yet, and I didn’t want to lie. But I felt bad. I was sure he’d be hurt, take it personally, perhaps recoil from me, and that would have been awful. Because while I didn’t love him just yet, I knew that I could. I saw the potential in our blossoming relationship and felt that if he could just give me a bit of time, I could say “I love you, too,” and mean it. Before I could spin myself into a panic, he said with a gentle smile, “It’s okay if you’re not there yet. I just wanted to tell you.”

Today, that man is my husband. Eventually (and it didn’t take long), I did find myself in love. Last year we got married, and just three months ago, we embarked on a new adventure together: We moved from New York City to London.

The process of learning to love a new city is a lot like learning to love another human: It doesn’t always happen right way. Sometimes you’re not sure. But if you’re patient, persistent, and willing to be a little bit vulnerable, you might just fall head over heels.

(Keep reading.)

Coming here was a good decision, since I can’t be in London without getting chased by the paparazzi. I feel like I’m being watched my every move. Hopefully Hideaway will give me some time to relax and be at peace with myself. Anyway, I’m Emma, I think I like it here already. If there are any signs of paparazzi’s, then please tell them Emily Jean Stone isn’t here, thank you.