She knew her calling was not the path life set her in. As a banker, Jina was bedazzled. Her heart lay elsewhere even as her mind was busy computing numbers. Then, she decided to give up the cushy corporate banker role and pursue her passion. A course later and Jina was a certified gemologist and jewellery designer. An abiding interest in History helped her with understanding the jewels in light of their contextual worth.
Jina graduated as a gemologist from Gemological Institute of America, New York. This degree fortified her with an understanding of pearls and accredited her as a “jewellery professional.”
Thereon, she went on to complete her studies in history of jewellery from Christie’s Education, London. The designs she dabbles in are rooted in history as much bracketed by contemporary preferences. Her work is influenced by Gothic imprints, Renaissance techniques and Art Nouveau patterns. In her words: “I like to create heirlooms. Each design is crafted keeping in mind a particular age and so, my line caters to bubbly young girls as much as it does to sober seniors.”
As a process manager at White Pine Trading Ltd, New York, she gathered the requisite experience for a diamantaire. The next stop saw her assume the role of a senior specialist in fashion, jewellery, and watches at “The Real Real.”
“This was a confirmation of sorts that passion was guiding my profession. I learnt so much on rare gems being fitted into watches like Rolex and Piguet. I was assigned a valuation of jewellery for the designers like John Arthur, Rene Lalique and Louis Cartier,” shares the expert.
An ardent believer in upholding the ethical value in the industry, Jina’s innings in India started at Indian Diamond Institute in Surat. After the training, she landed herself an opportunity to work at Tanishq, Ahmedabad and then at Forever Precious Diamond & Jewellery Ltd.
Currently, based out of Ontario, she also visits her stores in New Jersey and Ahmedabad. Her signature style is a statement in colourful stones brought together by an underlying theme of nature. “For me, jewellery is not just an investment. It is an emotion. It’s my first love,” she says, adding that each piece from her line is certified and hallmarked.
This is an impact feature by Vibes of India.