I first visited Jaipur about 10 years ago when I went looking for factories to make our designs. Back then I was still making jewellery around the kitchen table with my mother and sister - it was a passion project that was fast turning into a business.
I was struck by the beauty of the city and could have stayed there for weeks finding new gemstones and exploring the many markets. It was largely responsible for solidifying my love of gemstones. After that first trip I was always destined to return, and I have done so fairly regularly for years now. I visit my gemstone suppliers, our factories out there and spend hours choosing new gemstones to work with as well as working on different shapes and cuts. It is definitely my favourite and the most inspiring part of my job!
After beginning work on the 'Meaningful Gemstones' collection last year, I was led back to Jaipur on a sourcing trip to find the perfect gemstones. It's such a special collection for me.. they had to be.. just right. I wanted to give you a glimpse of what these gemstones look like when they come out of the ground.. the rough stones that I choose from to use in our jewellery. It still amazes me to this day the transformation process they go through as they are cut and polished.
DENDRITIC CHALCEDONY: PROTECTION, LOYALTY & TRANQUILITY
This stone brings stability in times of strife or confusion and the ability to see difficulties as a challenge
AMETHYST: INTUITION, WISDOM & PROTECTION
Amethyst is extremely protective and neutralises negative energy, calms the mind and spirit. It relieves stress and encourages inner strength.
LABRADORITE: CLARITY, IMAGINATION & INTUITION
Labradorite protects one's aura, keepinhg it clear and balanced. It dispels fear, anxiety and negativity.
I hope you've found these photos showing the gemstone journey as fascinating as I do. More to come soon on the subject.. I could talk about gemstones forever!