If traditional silver jewellery evoked a-less-than interesting image, then Bhavya Ramesh’s bohemian designs might change your opinion.
Inspired by her travels Ramesh’s eclectic body of work evokes an indie charm; think sunglasses with statement frames featuring a silver bar, or wings inspired by a honey bee, or a range wrist wear and brooches.
On exploring her creations, one will observe how she has employed learnings from her engineering background in giving traditional Indian jewellery a makeover. For instance, the spinning wheel in her Levitate Mang tikka or the signature hand-tied brass beads around the protrusions. Besides these, there are silver rings re-imagined as colourful bug rings and nose rings as edgy arrow clips. There are nail rings too designed to celebrate the LGBTQIA community, and the old-school concept of cuffs explored via geometric coin bangles.
Self-taught designer Ramesh, who launched her label in 2018, has always been intrigued by the idea of jewellery as not just ornamentation but a way of life; for her, it’s symbolic and a form of expression. The intricate Hampi tribal jewellery that she explored during her travels became a strong point of reference. For instance, the way they carry their beautiful designer toothpicks and ear cleaners around their neck for convenience. She was even intrigued by the jingling noise the pieces made when moved. It was done to keep the tribe together when they were migrating.
Bangalore-based Bhavya Ramesh spoke to Lifestyle Asia on what makes silver precious for her and her future plans.
On working with silver
We used Sterling silver (silver that is a combination of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals) as the material holds itself in any shape and form which pure silver fails to do. While we do use brass for some elements, we have learned that brass is very difficult to mould. We were initially inspired by the elements that were inspired by tribal communities.
On some of her hero pieces
Our hero piece is our ear wing; it is a representation of our vision. Can be worn in multiple ways, while it looks like a wing if worn upside down, it looks like a bird.
On how to take better care of silver jewellery
Easiest ways are to polish it pretty with cleansers like- silver dip or rooperi and DIY solutions like baking soda and water and wipe with a soft cloth. Dry silver is happy silver; remove jewellery while bathing, showering or swimming. Besides this, keep them away from perfumes, body lotions, hair sprays, and other chemicals. Extreme temperatures and humidity can also be harmful to them.
On how millennials should shop
While investing, pay attention to the design, detail, and the cultural aspect, the stories behind it, and make sure that they as a personality connect to the pieces or the jewellery in a certain way.
On the evolving idea of jewellery in India
A lot has changed today when it comes to jewellery. Traditionally jewellery was seen as an investment, but today it’s not just a representation of one’s personality, which is why people have started enjoying jewellery for its design and purpose.
On her future plans
Our aim as a brand is to be celebrated for our jewellery that encapsulates diversity, history, and consciousness. If there’s one heirloom in your jewellery box that you pass on from one generation to another, let it be a piece from brand Bhavya Ramesh.
All Images: Courtesy Bhavya Ramesh Instagram