Spotlight - AhKriti - Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry by Reshma Sandell

Today I am proudly featuring Reshma Sandell and her Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry - Ahkriti in Spotlight section here at CDl .

Here is what Reshma has to say about herself "
My name is Reshma Sandell and I live in Mississauga, Canada. My roots take me back to Bangalore, India where I was born and raised. I have worked as a banker for most part of my life before I moved to Canada.. I’m married to a wonderful man and I am a stay at home mom to 2 young girls. I am the creator behind Indian Inspired ethnic jewelry: Ahkriti.
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Sandell family
How Ahkriti was born? she says "I have always loved to accessorise – be it hats, purses or jewelry. And this used to be my husband’s pet peeve that I spent way too much money on accessories. Our move from Vancouver, BC to Mississauga, ON gave me time for myself and one day, I saw myself being packed off for a beading class. And this is where it all began.
At first, I made jewelry for friends but when they started liking my style and complemented me that I should start my own line of jewelry, it got me thinking. I wanted to create something distinct, unique and a style that is affordable. I noticed that in Canada, there was is no market for the ethnic jewelry that I designed and hence I started Indian inspired ethnic jewelry by Ahkriti."



Polymer clay beads with sponge coral
Jewelry designing is de-stress mantra for her. she says "Coming from the land of the Taj Mahal, Mysore Silk and Kanjeevaram sarees – my inspirations are very vibrant and vivid. I love using silver in my creations, but because silver is getting expensive I also use pewter in my creations. I usually handpick the gemstones and findings, but I do have my online sources from whom I regularly purchase my materials"



Blue agate with multicolored pendant
Besides making Jewelry Reshma also enjoy making paper crafts with her daughters. she says,"I have always enjoyed receiving handicrafts and handmade stuff and the internet has opened a lot of windows to learn new things. Of late, I am very inclined towards origami.I enjoy travelling and am a total bollywood buff! I also hope that one day I will learn to play the piano." Reshma also blogs at Color Canopy and Masala mango mantra



Pinkalicious



When I asked her about what is the best reward in making these beautiful jewelry her is what she has to say " Albert Einstein once said,"Creativity is Contagious. Pass it on" I like to think that each creation of mine has a story and that the owner of an Ahkriti creation will pass on the beauty of Ahkriti to others by wearing it with oodles of style and confidence" aren't her thoughts are as beautiful as her creations.


Gold with coral turquoise and pearl


Reshma Hope to participate in craft shows more often and perhaps have a a boutique or studio built with brick and mortar of her very own someday but for now you can buy her creations at www.icraft.ca/ahkriti and www.etsy.com/shop/ahkriti and here is the great fun part, just in time for Christmas shopping she is giving 25% Off at her etsy shop for all CDL readers.Use Coupon Code:THANKYOU25 and get 25% off on all items. This coupon will be valid until Dec 31,2011.
all Images and Information by Reshma Sandell of Ahkriti creations.

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15 comments:

  1. Nice creations! Loved the last piece.

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  2. The last piece is my favorite too :-)

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  3. yes Ladies thats my fav too..she creates great earrings too..check out her facebook page...

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  4. Love Reshma's designs! Nayana, you picked some of my favorites from her line! :) Lovely post!

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  5. all her creations are pretty nayana...particularly the first and last wow superb...

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  6. These are stunning.. beautiful designs.

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  7. This is the second time today that I came across Ahkriti..to drool all over again:)..love the turquoise and blue piece

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  8. Some of the best designs I have ever seen.Nowadays mangalsutra are also getting trendy and heavy with a lot of stone and bead work.Mangalsutra is a symbol of love for an Indian women.Its a part of our ancient rituals and customs.Now it has also become designer one with lots of changes.

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