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Maldives on your finger

Stackable rings from the Troubadour collection

Stackable rings from the Troubadour collection

Cartier’s perennial favourite, the stackable rings, meets Gucci’s enamelled and bejewelled ones, but with an Indian aesthetic, in Ritika Ravi’s Ivar Jewellery. The “easy, wearable pieces” from this Chennai-born, London College of Fashion-educated designer also include earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all in 18K gold, and gaining quite a following.

The inaugural collection, 10.18, is a combination of gems with white and rose gold, “inspired by a vacation to the Maldives”. Ravi used polki (uncut diamonds) and sapphires from Sri Lanka to mimic the crystal clear waters and the many shades of blue of the sea surrounding the tropical island. A follow-up line, Troubadour, features enamel motifs on simple bracelets, detachable gold studs, stackable rings and long chains.

Mixing it up

Polki is largely associated with bridal jewellery. But my idea was to work with traditional Indian craftsmanship to create a contemporary aesthetic,” says the 25-year-old. Ask her who she designs for, and pat comes the answer: someone comfortable in their own skin, who enjoys good jewellery and craftsmanship, and loves wearing it every day. “It’s not meant to be in your locker!”

The daughter of real estate mogul Ravi Appasamy discovered that she had the interest, and aptitude, for jewellery designing during her foundation course in college. “I have always been drawn to design and art,” she says, adding that she sketches some of the designs in watercolours. These can be seen on their Instagram page, accompanied by the finished product. “There’s no fixed process to how I come up with the designs. When inspiration hits, I'll create multiple patterns. Then, I work on them over a period of time,” she explains.

Travelling show

Though Ravi is from Chennai, she works with skilled artisans in Jaipur to convert her designs into reality. Sustainability and ethical sourcing are personally important to her. “We make sure to source no-conflict zone diamonds and gold from suppliers that rely on environment-friendly extraction. All Ivar pieces are made using traditional Indian jewellery techniques,” she says, which are, by nature, sustainable.

While she largely retails online, her only brick-and-mortar store is, quite fittingly, at her family-owned The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Late last month, she took her trunk show to the Middle East, to The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.

“We want to take the jewellery to where the clients are, to resorts around the world. Our plan for the next few years is to do such trunk shows globally,” she says, adding that in summer, they will be at Sardinia’s seaside resort town, Porto Cervo.

Prices range from ₹28,000 to ₹23.4 lakh, on ivarjewelry.com.


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