Even the most cursory exploration of the Peter Stone website will reveal hints about the connection with the sea that powers the passion behind our jewelry, and longtime fans who are familiar with the DiveSilver line (and website!) will have no doubt that the ocean has left its mark on Peter Stone founder, Peter Koslowski. The beauty, strength, and detail that elevates Peter Stone jewelry from the rest is particularly evident in the lovingly crafted Nautical, Sea Life, Dive and Beach collections.
And yet, the connection between Peter and the Sea remains a mystery to the curious fan. The only solid information available is the information on the “About” webpage: “Peter Koslowski, G.G., A.G., F.G.A , the founder of the Peter Stone Company, first felt his passion in 1983, while working as an engineer on merchant ships.” Surely, there is more to the story than that!
Indeed, there is. And we’re sharing it with you today: an excerpt from an interview given by Peter Koslowski in 2008, discussing the influence of the sea on his life, the lessons he learned from it, and the powerful message he hopes to share.
I have been on the ocean since I was four years old. I’ve had my own boat since I was seven. I ventured miles out to sea with my row boat on several occasions as a child, always feeling a special connection—a very strong, powerful energy that I could not clearly define. All I knew was that this was a “good” energy because of the way it made me feel. As time passed, this energy stayed with me and was something I felt and experienced often. When I started working on the merchant ships I had much more free, silent time to appreciate that profound energy and embrace it more fully.
People always asked me, “Don’t you get lonely out there?” But the loneliness of the sea is just one perception. I was in a place most would describe as nothingness, emptiness or a lonely space. However, to me, it was (and still is) everything. I watched the infinite variety of sunrises from different latitudes and longitudes all over the world (over 90 countries and countless oceans to date). The ever-changing clouds, the motion and movement of the sea under me, demanded that I do nothing but learn to flow with life, on life’s terms—a wonderful awakening indeed.
The sky became the canvas upon which nature painted her endless masterpieces. Hallways of fog banks in the North Pacific Ocean taught me the art of seeing and feeling. I took up photography to try and capture these feelings as images, but could never fully express that sense of deep connection, even though I took over 10,000 photographs! However, the ones I enjoy can still evoke places in time and space that were quite powerful in their simplicity, reminding me of that very real connection with the wonders of this life, this world, and this universe.
I now see myself much like a ship over the waves of the sea. The admiral is looking upon me and I am just the captain of my own ship. I flow with life. A ship bends and is flexible but rarely breaks. A ship only breaks when the captain pushes it too hard in the wrong direction. One thing I have always done, and still do, is follow my heart, my soul—my true inner guidance. Many ask me about my “schedule.” I may have a basic outline, but I am not the one to decide. I truly follow the moment and pay attention to the opportunities presented to me in life, acting on the directives put forth by this inner guidance.