Today I was walking in Maastricht in Holland and for what ever reason Iris Apfel came to mind. To give you an understanding my first ever written article way back in 2011 was about Iris. It was also the launch of me sharing my eccentric eyewear tips.  About an hour later I spotted a tiny boutique called Antioch Sieraden, owned by Meip. Thanks to Meip, she gave me a very beautiful account of Angela Caputi.

Angela Caputi established her company in Florence in 1975.  All pieces are created by hand in the company’s Oltrarno workshop, using locally produced resin. The team work to detailed maps of the size, colour and number of beads per jewelry piece so that each is a one-of-a-kind creation. Her  designs are very distinctive, she likes to mix materials, creating unique combinations of colours and textures. The result is incredible coloured, original jewelry, made in plastic and synthetic materials.  She is one of the most recognised names in the field of high end costume jewellery. Meip told me that Ms Caputi still sits for hours making the jewelry with her team.


Earlobes – Are Ugly When You’re Old

Meip, explained Angela Caputi, created the clip on earrings because elderly women’s earlobes are not attractive. Therefore the designers idea was to create statement pieces earrings to hide elderly women’s earlobes.  I tried on the earrings and unlike any other clip on, they do not hurt at all. Meip, looked great wearing the earrings.

Meip loves Angela Caputi and is the only woman in Holland who sells the collections. I have never ever met a person who is so loyal to a brand. Meip is so faithful to this brand, she goes out of her way to stop other sellers trying to market the Angela Caputi brand with out their permission. She is such an expert, she also showed my on-line how to spot the fake sellers.

If it was not for Meip, I would not have even tried on some of the collections let alone buy my ring

Oh by the way the Dutch Queen, Maxima wears Angela Caputi all the time including Iris Apfel. I just found that out today, thanks to Meip.


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Iris today and she is 95 years old

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For me women like Miep, who are loyal to a brand for many years such as Angela Caputi, are precious likes diamonds. Meip is a bona fide entrepreneur and just like Florence arguably the most vibrant in Holland.

If you’re in Maastricht make sure you go and visit Meip at  Antioch Sieraden.



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