Oh, how those jellyfish dangle

Ritika Ravi’s début collection is inspired by the sights and sounds of Maldives

Updated - October 15, 2019 02:21 pm IST

Published - October 15, 2019 02:19 pm IST

Most of Ritika Ravi’s jewellery is spherical, bulbous, delicate, and reminiscent of jelly fish. They are inspired by the sights and sounds of Maldives. It is all part of 10.18, the Ivar founder’s début collection that she launched last October online as well as at St Regis Maldives. A year on, she is showcasing the collection in Chennai at a trunk show in Kotturpuram. It comprises rings, earrings, necklaces, chokers, pendants, chains, and hath phool . The creations are set in 18 carat gold and use stones such as sapphires, uncut diamonds, emerald, rubies, peridot, garnet amethyst, and blue topaz.

“Ivar is my father’s name spelt backwards,” says Ritika, adding, “I am very close to him and I wanted the name of my brand to mean something. It came up during a dinner conversation with my family when we were playing around with names.” Her mother may have felt a little left out but she is happy as long as Ritika is making her jewellery.

“Jewellery is something mom and I bond over,” says Ritika. She used to be a “picky wearer” and her mother always struggled to find pieces that she would like. “I was nine and we had bought some ornaments for my cousin’s wedding. My mother sent me to the store with a cheque to pick up the finished set. As I waited there I drew an eternity band and asked them to make it for me. Two weeks later my mother got a call from them saying ‘your daughter’s ring is ready’,” she laughs, adding, “I could not be sent to the shop alone after that.”

Creativity, the key

Ritika studied jewellery design at London College of Fashion. Initially, she thought she would study clothing in her foundation year but soon realised she was good with stones and design, and was asked by her professors to pursue just that. “In university we were taught that creativity is the first thing in terms of design and how it’s made. But I have realised that, yes, it is important, but what is also vital is to think and understand what people want,” says the 25-year-old. Her karigars are based out of Jaipur. It took her almost a year to find the right people and the kind of finish that she was looking for. The challenge for her was to train craftsmen to think differently and make wearable pieces that are light, so people can wear them 24/7.

Ivar’s collection is slowly growing. It had started with three styles of earrings and now has five. The styles of rings has gone up to seven from four, with a larger colour variation. Her clients are anywhere between late 20s to late 50s. “At the popup here, I will also be showcasing some stones and beads that I have collected over the years and I’ll be offering bespoke services, creating jewellery out of them,” says Ritika.

The popup is on October 16 and 17 at Clover by the River on River View Road, Kotturpuram. For details, visit https://www.ivarjewelry.com

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