INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SPECIAL: ARPITA NAVLAKHA

Sutra Jewels may be a relatively young brand in fine jewellery, having been formed in 2008. But with a following of the likes of Michelle Obama, Halle Berry, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kate Beckinsale, to name a few, who’s counting?

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One of the secrets of Sutra’s rapid rise is its recognition of the diversity of its wearers. When its founder, designer Arpita Navlakha, creates jewellery, she does so not by placing her clients within a mould. Her creations are made for women of different ages, colours, and looks.
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This respect for diversity shows in the array of colours used in Navlakha’s designs. Blue and green opals feature prominently in the Feather collection, while white opal, pink spinel rose cuts, and diamond pave bangles lend delicacy to the Floral collection. Other inspirations include Victorian-era items (Filigree collection), the many versions of the handheld fan throughout the centuries (Fan), and the colour lilac as a symbol of peace and tranquillity (Amethyst).
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Perhaps the biggest influence on Navlakha’s art is her childhood. Growing up, jewels were a part of her everyday life, as she was born into a family of jewellers. “One of my fondest memories growing up was playing with gemstones in my father’s factory, much like my daughter does now in my studio,” she says.
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Navlakha had the opportunity of learning her passion and pursuing it through education and practice. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we hope today’s little girls will grow up to do the same. The UN hopes that by 2030, all girls and boys will have equal access to early childhood development. That means having the chance not only to discover their potential at a young age, but also to have the chance to transform it into a skill and a fulfilling career just like Navlakha did. sutrajewels.com