I am re­ally fond of enam­elling and I have used it ex­ten­sively in my re­cent col­lec­tion.

Solitaire - - DESIGN CORNER -

What are the jew­ellery essen­tials that a woman should own?

Ac­cord­ing to me, a woman should not stick to ear­rings or neck­laces. These days, a woman must have a haath phool or a nath in her jew­ellery trunk. These are not only in vogue but also have the abil­ity to be­come vintage heir­looms. Also two-fin­ger rings, maang tikkas and knuckle rings are other must-haves. How­ever, keep­ing it sim­ple is the key. It is best to flaunt and high­light one jewel at a time.

Your En­chantress col­lec­tion at the IIJW was bold, se­duc­tive and fresh. Tell us more about the woman you de­sign for.

The col­lec­tion En­chantress is all about the en­chant­ing pow­ers of a woman. I think ev­ery woman in this world is beau­ti­ful in her own dis­tinct way. The magic she has within draws other peo­ple to­wards her. My new cock­tail col­lec­tion is for the woman of to­day who is vi­va­cious, loves to flaunt her jewels and prom­ises to be dif­fer­ent ev­ery time she steps out for an oc­ca­sion. It is for the woman who likes to experiment with forms and shapes. I of­ten use fil­i­gree and hand­crafted jaali work in my col­lec­tions. I would like to experiment with Mokume-gane, a Ja­panese me­tal­work­ing pro­ce­dure that cre­ates wood-like grains in the me­tal for one of my col­lec­tions.

How did you get into jew­ellery de­sign­ing?

I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in artistry and de­sign and I have al­ways wanted to pur­sue some­thing cre­ative. I got into jew­ellery de­sign­ing be­cause I am fas­ci­nated with gem­stones. I started my ca­reer with gem­mol­ogy and even­tu­ally moved to jew­ellery de­sign. There has been no look­ing back since then.

Where do you re­tail your jew­ellery?

In the be­gin­ning, I started selling through ex­hi­bi­tions. To­day, I have my own stu­dio by the name of Ra Abta: Rich & Royal Adorn­ments in New Delhi. I also have tied up with var­i­ous multi-de­signer stores like Anan­tam and Evoluzione in Delhi as well as sell online through www.per­ni­aspop­up­shop.com.

What are the price points of your col­lec­tions?

Pink sap­pire ear­rings from the Cock­tail Cou­ture col­lec­tion.

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