Bhavesh from India
"I come from the enthralling city of Jaipur where I was born and brought up. I was raised by a single parent, since I lost my father when I was barely two and half years old. Jewelry crafting is our family tradition, dating back to the ancient time when Jaipur was brought to its present structure by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. During that time, my ancestors were jewelers in the kingdom of Jaipur. Since then, tradition and art have been handed down from generation to generation.
"I grew up observing the colors and exquisiteness of jewelry so it was not difficult for me, since I knew a great deal about gems and their settings. I think it was in my blood. My designs were appreciated in the market and this motivated me to become a professional. Eventually I opened my own workshop.
"My designs feature gold with precious stones and sterling silver. I use both traditional and modern techniques, according to the requirement of my design. Five artisans assist me. My designs were exhibited in Paris in 2003 and 2004 and received an overwhelming response. I'd welcome your comments too."