My jewelry designs begin with the gemstones. They are a daily reminder of the magical world we live in. Each individual stone is inherently unique. They also have a weight, texture, and translucency you’ll never get with manmade materials. Putting on a pair of colorful gemstone earrings is like wearing an amazing lipstick. They bring light to the face in a beautiful way. Gemstones speak for themselves.
For centuries, Jaipur has been the centre of the world for gem trade. There are thousands of tiny workshops where craftsmen cut, shape, polish the gemstones using traditions and techniques that are very much the same as they were 100 years ago. It’s a very ancient industry that keeps the city thriving.
From palaces to saris to fruits and vegetables, India is a stimulation of the senses on a grand scale. This culture of colour spreads to personal adornment and India’s rich tradition of jewels and opulence, including of course the coloured gemstones and bold enamel colours.
I recently got the chance to source some of our gemstones in India, and see firsthand the process of rough rocks becoming polished faceted gems. I roamed, explored, and searched- in the midst of all the tuk-tuks, scooters, goats and cows that roam the streets freely. We tried to capture as much on video as possible. I’m so excited to share it with you!
Jewelry is quite personal and can carry a lot of emotional weight; whether someone is wearing our pieces every day or for a special occasion, we’re part of his or her life, and that’s very special to me.
It’s a city ofstarkcontrasts, opulence and royal history and then children living on the street.
Earliest known Jewelry found was a string of 13 tiny shells, each drilled with identical holes and painted with red ochre. 82,000 years old. Personal ornament has been an instinctive human behaviour.
They have to work with many things in your closet. Favourite pair of earrings is like a really good hair day- they both frame your face. Putting on a pair of colourful stone earrings is like wearing an amazing lipstick. They bring light to the face in a beautiful way. Gemstones speak for themselves.