WHAT A GEM
Katherine-Mary Pichulik – jewellery designer and brand ambassador for Sisley Paris – uses her art not only as a means of self-expression but also to empower women
What is your definition of beauty and what is your skincare routine?
It’s summed up in one word: ease. I also always say kindness over Botox. No treatment can hide bitterness or cruelty. I have always been good at removing my make-up and taking the time for my skin – it’s a self-care ritual. Recently I have been spoilt, as I have become one of the Sisley Paris brand ambassadors, a brand I truly admire and have lusted a er, so now my routine is quite luxe and smells wonderful, too.
What are your go-to beauty spoils?
I believe in investing in good skincare products that are long-lasting and make me feel cared for. The Black Rose Cream Mask is a dreamy boost that energises your skin in just 15 minutes, with plumping, soothing and smoothing bene ts. My signature fragrance is Soir d’Orient by Sisley because I love Middle-Eastern smoky scents.
What is the creative process that goes into designing a piece of jewellery?
It is less of a thought process and more of a feeling, which then inspires an investigation into materials and stories. Generally I’m drawn to stories around ancient ceremonies, rituals or communities, courageous women and spirituality in aesthetics. Traditionally, jewellery is a conduit for healing and transformation. Each of our pieces has a message attached: it narrates the name of the piece, which holds signi cance, and the power and symbolism of the stones and materials.
What have been some of your career highlights, and how do you use your brand to empower local women?
Each time we get to engage with our community it’s inspiring. We have started a TOWOMEN series, edited by my mother, Patricia Pichulik, where we host dialogues with women, a newsletter and a podcast. We had a rst community gathering in our Johannesburg shop, and sitting in a circle with women from di erent backgrounds and sharing authentically was incredible.
Would you say that your brand reflects who you are as a person?
It re ects the values that I aspire to, and it re ects the women on my team who share these same values. We are a spirited brand with a lot of heart and we love to see women thrive.
How do you go about selecting the people with whom you collaborate?
It’s all about synergy. We celebrate those who are local and empowered with ethical practises. We love brands with history and with a key focus on handmade and artisanal goods. Plus our collaborators are generally glorious people.
SISLEY BLACK ROSE CREAM MASK R1 739 PICHULIK AMA EARRINGS R1 600
BELOW Emma Watson wearing Pichulik at a photocall for Beauty And The Beast
PICHULIK JEJU ISLAND BRACELET R670
SISLEY SOIR D’ORIENT EAU DE PARFUM R3 135