Chandigarh girl becomes first Indian to win at International Jewellery Designing Contest - Saul Bell Design Awards
Says she creates her own designs, she don’t follow trends
Chandigarh: There is some good news for tricity amid the COVID 19 pandemic. Twenty-Eight-Year Old Ms. Pavit Gujral an upcoming jewellery designer from Chandigarh has created history for India by becoming the first Indian jewellery designer to win an award at the recently held prestigious Saul Bell Design Awards (SBDA) 2020 at Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. It is noteworthy that SBDA has come to be known as the Mecca for recognising and honouring jewellery design talent from across the world since the last 20 years. The awards are held every year and this year these were supported by Rio Grande one of the best jewellery supply chains in the world.
Pavit bagged not just one but two awards in coveted categories. She got first position in the ‘Jewellery Collection’ category for her magnificent ‘Dancing Fish Collection’ and second position in the ‘Gold/Platinum’ category for her alluring ‘Coral Ring’. Pavit has done her schooling from Vivek High School, Chandigarh and thereafter pursued a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UK. After Which she studied diamonds, colored gemstones and design at the famous Gemmological Institute of America(GIA), New York.
Pavit Gujral says, “I am grateful for the recognition received at the esteemed Saul Bell Design Awards. My only regret is that the gala awards event had to be cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic and all the awardees were announced in absentia and online. I got my award certificates by courier. It was a set-back as I and my family had made all plans to attend the event.”
Jewellery designer & gemmologist Pavit Gujral’s innovative designs created magic with the judges. An advanced scuba diver, both her award winning ensembles were inspired by the marine world. She was adjudged numero uno for the ‘The Dancing Fish Collection’ which comprises a necklace and matching earrings. The collection is set in 18K Gold with over 4,000 stones and is inspired by the magnificent and angelic Betta Fish, dancing in glory. The intricate detailing of the collection includes an amalgamation of Rubies and Pink Sapphires, merging into Diamonds creating a unique sombre effect. The beautiful Pear Brilliant Tanzanite depicts the deep blue ocean.
Awed by the colourful corals that make the ocean so vibrant and lively, the designer curated the ever-stunning ‘Coral Ring’ for which she got 2nd place. Handcrafted in 18K Gold, the award-winning masterpiece is an unconventional medley of Tsavourite Garnets and Trillion Diamonds, embedded on white Ethiopian Opal.
Adds Pavit, who has also founded Pavit Gujral Designs , “The idea behind my jewellery label is that it has been established with the aim to educate my audience about some of the most beautiful & rare gemstones that they aren’t aware of. I want to break the stereotype of design that is prevalent in India and bring in a new trend of jewellery that is unique, bold and makes a statement.”
Pavit’s achievement is significant also because she doesn’t come from a background of jewellery as her family is into the healthcare industry. Jewellery designing is her passion and she has followed her heart while choosing her career.
Sums up Pavit, “I mostly work with 18k gold but I would like to try out titanium. Indian society has not accepted titanium jewellery yet so I would like to popularize it here. And, of course, I love phenomenal gemstones.I do not follow the trends. I just design what comes to my mind; following trends will never allow me to use my imagination to curate my own distinctive styles. I want to make trendsetting jewellery!”