Ahkriti: Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry

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Ahkriti Peacock earrings enamel cloisonne blue

Today I’d like to introduce you to Reshma Sandell owner of Ahkriti- Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry. For the past 3 years Reshma has been handmaking jewelry inspired by her Indian roots.

“My husband would always chide that I spent way too much money on jewelry and that I should learn how to make them myself,” Reshma recalls. “Our move from Vancouver, BC to Mississisauga, ON gave me a lot of time in my hands and one afternoon, my husband packed me off to a beading class. My story to create jewelry began there.”

From her jewelry classes she not only gained a new business, but something personal too. “Designing jewelry is my de-stress mantra. I love to see how each piece unfolds,” she says. “And the best part of designing jewelry is that now I can match any dress in my wardrobe without feeling that huge pinch in my wallet.”

Ahkriti turquoise blue bridal statement necklace

Ahkriti Woodland Brown sugar fossil sponge coral necklace

Ahkriti Earrings ivory gold ethnic cream lucite beads

“I design ethnic jewelry and I love using silver in my creations,” Reshma says. “Silver is such a metal that it makes gemstones look more exotic. My one-of-a-kind pieces are mostly a fusion of ethnic and western wear. They are creations for the modern woman who is confident, bold and expressive. Just like I would like to flaunt my accessories, I envision that the woman who buys my jewelry will want to wear it time and time again.”

Ahkriti black polymer bead pendant necklace India

Ahkriti purple pink paisley necklace bead

For Reshma, what type of jewelry to make came naturally. “I come from an Indo Canadian background and Bollywood is in my blood. I noticed that there was not a big market for affordable ethnic jewelry in Canada. Yes, there are stores here that do sell Indian jewelry and they are undoubtedly beautiful, but they are not handmade but sourced from India. I wanted to make something distinct, unique and a style that would be affordable.”

Ahkriti emerald green Indian bead earring

Ahkriti earring dangles turquoise blue and red jaipur enamel

For brides looking for wedding wear or gifts for bridesmaids, Reshma says she’s ready to create something special. “I do undertake custom orders and I am pretty flexible to whatever budget you have, I can always accommodate accordingly.”

To learn more about Reshma and see more designs visit:
Websites: www.etsy.com/shop/ahkriti and www.icraft.ca/ahkriti
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ahkriti
Twitter: twitter.com/ahkriti
Blogs: masalamangomantra.blogspot.com and colorcanopy.blogspot.com

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

Ahkriti Teal blue with gold stretch bracelet

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