Beautiful jewelry is always in vogue; never goes out of fashion. But getting the right kind of jewelry design suited to your taste can be quite a pain. Not if you find the right jewelry designer who offers you resplendent and exquisite personalized jewelry that makes you stand out from the crowd.
Bhakti Maru-Gogri is one such exceptionally talented and creative jewelry designer from Mumbai. She specializes in personalized jewelry with many satisfied clients across Mumbai. Her fascinating custom jewelry designs eventually metamorphose into stunning creations fit for different occasions like weddings, parties, traditional Indian functions and so on.
Bhakti studied Jewelry Design and Manufacture at the reputed Premila Vithaldas Polytechnic, SNDT, Juhu – Mumbai . She was the university topper. She says “The practical hands-on experience with designing and manufacturing jewelry was excellent. It was like passing thru a sugarcane crusher, the sugarcane gets crushed to pulp, but the sugarcane juice is so sweet.”
She was awarded the Smt.Indira Randeri Award for standing first in the university final examinations, at the Annual Convocation of the S.N.D.T University. She has also won the Best Manufactured Collection Award and Merit Award for scoring the highest grade in the overall academic performance while studying Jewelry Design and Manufacture.
Bhakti has worked as Marketing Manager & Product development head – (studded diamond jewelry ) and has a fair hands on experience with export houses and local market companies. She has designed jewelry for Surya Gold, Nakshatra Diamonds and many leading jewelry brands. Her favorite Indian jewelry store is Jewels Emporium from Jaipur – their creations are always showcased at the well known IIJS (India International Jewelry Show). Her favorite international jewelry brand is Van Cleef and Arpels, from Paris. Now a mom to a 2 year old daughter, she mainly caters to clients from home, maintaining a wonderful work-family balance. Her main source of inspiration for designs comes from nature, arabic inscriptions and ancient Indian architecture. She adds, ” A design must have a strong meaning. The concept and meaning must be clearly justified by your design“. She does not favor simple western jewelry, but would rather go for a fusion of western and Indian designs, suitable for western outfits and casual occasions.
Bhakti says current jewelry trends in India favor diamonds. Plain gold jewelry is passé. Young women are more in favor of a combination of gold and diamond jewelry. Diamonds are no longer meant only for the rich and famous. People from all classes are open to experimenting with diamond jewelry . Also youngsters love to experiment with a combination of colored gemstones and diamonds while the more traditional ones want only diamond and gold jewelry.
Bhakti offers Made to Order Jewelry aka fully customized jewelry . The main advantage of going for customized jewelry is that your jewelry includes all your personal preferences. You can customize jewelry based on your choice of design, gemstones or even metal. Custom made jewelry is not for the masses and hence more emphasis is laid on personal choices that eventually makes your jewelry unique in all respects. Bhakti proclaims to customize a unique set of collection that every client will be proud of owning. She espouses distinct designs, stunning displays and a personal touch that enriches your experience leaving you entirely satisfied with every purchase made and ensuring you that everything that glitters can be yours!
The collection ranges from varieties in Cocktail Rings, Bangles, Pendant Sets, Chandelier Diamond Earrings,Necklace Sets, Earrings etc. Her collection comprises of an extensive range of diamond jewelrys, semi precious and precious gems, with various colors of gold, pearls, latest trends and ornaments that will truly make you the focal point at all occasions.
Featured above is a Ganesha pendant made of Gold, diamonds and a Rudraksha bead. It symbolizes Om – Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha and is traditional yet trendy.
Bhakti’s Jewelry Showcase
Check out this fascination collection of stunning jewelry pieces designed and manufactured by Bhakti.
Delicate necklace – Journey from illustration on paper to finished piece
Floral bouquet inspired pendant set in smoky quartz and diamonds
Diamond pendant – inspired by nature
Floral inspired pendant set with cabochons, champagne diamonds and white Diamonds
Bangle with pressure set diamonds
Sar pej for men
Kurta buttons with diamonds and amethysts
Her favorite jewellery for an Indian Bride – a pair of anklets and a necklace.
Her favorite jewellery for an Indian Groom – Sar pej (an embellishment or accessory worn on the turban or head gear)
Her favorite jewelry for a baby girl – a pair of anklets and small diamond ear studs in gold.
Contact Bhakti at bhakti.gogri(at)gmail.com for personalized jewelry .
Talking of family support
All this could not have been achieved without determination and staunch family support . Bhakti is very grateful to her parents, especially her father who stood like a rock behind her and who always supported her dreams of being a successful jewellery designer one day. Her husband, Pankaj shares her enthusiasm and is proud of her achievements. Her business has spread by word of mouth, with many customers coming back for more.
Bhakti’s advice for aspiring jewellery designers
Many ladies who are homemakers and college students aspire to be jewelry designers one day. But they are not aware of the right institutions to undertake an appropriate course. Many institutes offer training on jewelry design and do not focus much on jewelry manufacturing. In fact, they do not offer hands on training for manufacturing. A good looking design may not always be practical or wearable. So learning how to manufacture a design is a must. A good institute must compulsorily offer training on jewelry design, jewellery manufacture, market research and must also offer placements. They must have proper affiliation to well known universities and good knowledgeable and experienced teachers. Bhakti vouches for PV Polytechnic, SNDT-Juhu. Also, make sure that you have a lot of time to dedicate to training. This requires plenty of patience and hard work.