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MELANIE GRANT

Award-winning author, writer, curator, stylist and art director

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Annoushka:
Hi, Annoushka here. In this series, I'd really like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about the Brilliant Breakfast, an initiative that I set up two years ago to help the Prince's Trust support disadvantaged young women. It really can be as simple as putting the kettle on, inviting a few friends around, or hosting a breakfast for the team at work, and asking everyone to give what they can to help change a girl's life. That's the Brilliant Breakfast starting October the 10th this year. For more details, visit the brilliantbreakfast.co.uk. Thank You. I'm Annoushka Ducas and welcome back to My Life in Seven Charms. For me, there are so few things which can evoke a memory like a tiny detailed charm. In this new series, I'll be meeting seven extraordinary women and hearing their stories, through this very special 18 karat gold biography.

Annoushka:
Today's guest is an authority in the world of jewelry. She has written a definitive book on key designers, and rights for the Economist, Vogue and Vanity Fair. One of her earliest memories is twirling around her grandmother's garden, wearing all of her jewelry, and being captivated by the experience. I'm delighted to welcome Melanie Grant to My Life in Seven Charms. Okay, so your first charm, great bunches of pink roses, wild and free, you describe them. Because they're little charms, I haven't made them all carved in opaques and opals. I really made them three dimensional in yellow gold, green tsavorite leaves, and then different colored graded pink sapphires. But tell me about these roses.

Melanie Grant:
My grandma, Eileen, was kind of one of my closest friends. She was one of those phenomenal women who everyone felt that they were her favorites. She loved you so profound that you felt that you were the only person in the world for her. As the oldest grandchild, we just got on, we just became friends. She was a fantastic cook. She had this big kitchen and we were always cooking together, well I say cooking, I was the soup or the gravy stirrer. My job was stir gravy. She used to make gravy from bones, from scratch. I used to have to stir it for hours. She just... I was mesmerized by her as a child, because everyone loved her, but she just gave all the time. She was so selfless, but she had a streak of steel, which I really admired. She was that rare combination of steely, but loving.

Annoushka:
Sorry, was she your mother's mother?
Melanie Grant:
Yeah.

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