“Hi friends! I am Anjali Sharma from Jaipur, the “Pink City” of India.
“I am a self-made jewelry designer. I am inspired by Jaipur’s intricate and vibrant style. I always had a keen and creative instinct that drove me to sketch out designs starting at a very young age. I am gifted with creating unique pieces that have both value and a distinct sense of heritage. I also give an unwavering attention to quality.
“My friends describe me as friendly, humble, highly sociable and hard working. I am fond of reading books, and I love traveling.
“As a woman born and raised in Jaipur, since childhood I was fascinated by the beautiful design of the jewelry worn by my mother, family members and other women of the locality. But, the turning point came in my life when I had to start working in a jewelry company to sustain myself and my son after a broken marriage. As I was interested in jewelry designing, I learned this craft. I was very keen to create new and attractive designs. The bright colorful luster of gemstones always attracted me.
“I learned a lot from many people with whom I came in my touch while I was working at a jewelry company. I met a lot of designers, and they helped me to understand techniques. My colleagues also taught me how to craft the jewelry. I worked hard for 12 years at the same jewelry company. Now, I can design as well as make jewelry myself.
“During my career, I met a lot of customers and designers. Their ideas and problems moved me to start my own workshop. I now have a team of ten artisans, along with whom I craft my jewelry.
We use 925 silver and semiprecious gemstones to design our jewelry. The best part of making jewelry is the perfect combination of silver and gemstones. The challenge is to maintain quality in proportion to price. We blend modern techniques with heirloom details to create on-trend, high-quality jewelry that is provocative and sophisticated, yet available at accessible prices. In addition, our designs are influenced by our cultural roots. We avoid machine-made designs, and believe in handmade touches in each piece of jewelry. We prefer handmade jewelry, even if it is costlier than machine-made jewelry.
“I always feel proud to teach new employees and my friends the beauty and intricacy of jewelry designing and techniques. I work with local workers, and in this way, I support them and their family both financially and socially. I am very positive and hopeful that one day I will be able to create a name for myself and be counted among the top jewelry designers. I am thankful to Novica for giving me an opportunity to showcase my jewelry.”
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