behind the scenes
How did you start making jewellery?
I have always enjoyed making things, since i was a little girl. Every time my mother opened her jewellery box my eyes twinkled. The beautifully carved and molded metals along with the colorful precious stones made me want the jewelry piece even more. Since i was very young I only had the privilege to hold them and perhaps sometimes put a few of them on and just flaunt them in front of the mirror. As I grew older iI started to string colorful beads into bracelets and necklaces. I used to sit and prepare macrame bracelets when Friendship Day was nearing. I loved to put designs on paper and color them beautifully. My first jewellery piece that I purchased from my earned pocket money was a beautiful Mother of Pearl bracelet set in silver from one of the local festive fairs. I still have it saved with me in my treasure box. That piece made me realise that there is much more than just designing and stringing to jewelry.
Do you have any formal training?
I was pursuing graduation from my home town Lucknow. Looking at the black and white books did not nourish me. I would not say I was unhappy but it surely wasn't what I loved doing. I then decided to leave my education in the middle of second year of college to go pursue jewellery making, something that my heart longed to do as I truly believe that everything that we put our heart into flourishes.
What do you like most about it?
There is no end to exploring the world of jewellery. An array of techniques to learn, followed by the challenges that comes with every learning. I feel jewellery making is a form of self-expression and every experience polishes a new facet of my work.
Is your family supportive?
My family is extremely supportive towards my work.
How many in your family?
We are a small family of three. My husband Sidharth Bhalla, my 8 year old son Mahish and myself.