All of which made me realise that when I talk about the effects of identity I don’t mean obvious national identity – the cheesy signs of being Dutch, or American, or a New Zealander that you can buy in souvenir shops. Rather, I’m referring to habits of mind. It must affect you when you live in a country that is effectively under water, in which the ocean is a dangerous force to be overcome. It must affect you when you live in a historically powerful, colonial country, the center of the world for three centuries. I know these issues are not the only way to think about contemporary jewelry, but should they be acknowledged? What do you gain, or lose, when you bring them into the conversation?