Sorting through precious stones in Jaipur, I hand-pick the right colours, shades and sizes for my Yoga Bunny disc necklaces. This is another new experience on my journey as a jewellery designer.
When I started designing jewellery I had to learn many new techniques. My interior design background gave me invaluable design and production tools, but I now had to think about how a small piece of jewellery works on a person rather than how a person works within a large space!
My world of surfaces, textures and space optimisation was replaced with a new world of chains, clasp fittings and gold plating. And designs in square metres were replaced with ones in millimetres!
Much like the interior design process, I design each piece of jewellery by first sketching it out by hand. The design is then recreated using a computer programme to perfect geometrical shapes like circles and ellipses.
In Hatton Garden, London’s famous jewellery district, experts create a metal sample by using a laser to cut out the design. I play around with the sample to observe how it looks and sits on my neck, against my ears or on my wrist.
Once the designs are perfected, I take these to Jaipur, Northern India’s famous gemstone and jewellery capital, where a limited number of each piece is produced.
It’s really special seeing the Yoga Bunnies I sketched out by hand in London being hand finished by craftspeople in Jaipur. It’s even more special seeing people wearing and loving them!