Some fine jewelry makers find inspiration in the toys of their childhood.
When the French jewelry designer Marie Lichtenberg was growing up in Paris in the 1990s, she loved playing with the Magic 8 Ball. The toy, when shaken, acts as a kind of fortuneteller, revealing answers to questions in a small window: “Don’t count on it.” “It is certain.” “Ask again later.”
“My parents traveled a lot,” Ms. Lichtenberg said on a phone call from her home in Paris. “Each time they went to the U.S., they brought back some goodies for me and my siblings, and the Magic 8 Ball was one of them.
“I still have this ball, and
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