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A Minute with Johanna Maria Alida Beij Jewellery entrepreneur specialising in unusual hand-made and costume pieces


Where do you live?
In Tala with my partner and dogs Boris & Angel

Best childhood memory?
The day my younger sister decided she was not going to borrow my clothes any more without me knowing

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Gustoso in Paphos; they make delicious Sunday lunches. I also love their kebabs.

What did you have for breakfast?
My breakfast is a cup of milky coffee – nothing more.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person?
As much of my work is in the evenings – showing my Beijoux collections of jewellery @ hotel exhibitions – I have to say ‘night person’. My idea of the perfect night out is a meal, lots of good wine and happy company – it may stop at 11pm or continue to 3am; it doesn’t matter.

Best book ever read?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini – the imagery is wonderful

Favourite film of all time?
Lord of the Rings. I like the story and the films which were made in New Zealand, a country I’ve visited where I so enjoyed the most amazing scenery.

Best holiday ever taken?
Puerto Rico. I went years ago with a good friend to San Juan, visited some Caribbean islands and then went to visit her sister in Washington DC. We had a fantastic time.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
My music is limited to radio in the car, so then I listen to Rock FM. Music is an essential part of my life; it’s always in the background. Just as there is music for every mood, there is also jewellery for every mood: pop tunes are like fashion and costume jewellery; pieces created from semi-precious stones – such as I offer from Anna Mandala Evolution Cyprus collection – are lyrical and more classical. All this music is part of my life

What is always in your fridge?
Cheese. You may find my fridge empty of everything else but there will always be cheese – preferably the smelly Dutch kind, sadly not readily available in Cyprus.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
When I came to Cyprus first 20 years ago I was living in Latchi. I love it there and, if possible, I would like one of those old stone houses with peace and quiet and space to be creative.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Barack Obama. I find him a charismatic and charming person. I’ve also read his books.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Go with my partner to Holland to be with family and friends

What is your greatest fear?
Everything that is happening worldwide with terrorism is hard to comprehend, especially the situation in Syria. As I’ve been there myself it is very upsetting to see what is happening.

Tell me a joke
It’s too difficult to tell a joke in English translated from Dutch.

Find Johanna’s collection in Tala (within Refill Ink Cyprus) or contact her for more information on 99 575756

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