THE JEWELS OF: BINA GOENKA, DIFFICULT TO DESCRIBE, EASIER TO EXPERIENCE
The Jewels Of… is a new series by GEMOLOGUE, featuring my latest discoveries from the world’s most exciting jewellery designers and their spectacular creations – stunning jewels you will want to add to your own personal jewellery collection. Discover why I love The Jewels Of Bina Goenka.
THE DESIGNER: Bina Goenka is a qualified lawyer, who started her jewellery career in 1990, working with a local craftsman to create pieces for herself and her friends. She is self-taught and draws her inspiration from the simple pleasures of life. She loves to take a walk in London’s Hyde Park, where the natural beauty surrounding her gets her creative juices flowing. Her sole focus is creating works of art, recognised by a loyal clientele. Bina uses the world’s finest gems for her creations, settling for nothing but the best. India is where Bina likes to work, whereas her daughter, Avanti Goenka, works from their private showroom in Knightsbridge, London. With a family background in jewellery production, she possesses a true understanding of luxury and rarity in jewellery.
THE DETAILS: I love how original these pieces by Bina Goenka are, especially the exclusive, new collection of Prêt jewellery that I am wearing in the photos. She uses only the rarest of materials to handcraft timeless jewellery with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and rare green tourmaline. Indian jewellery is traditionally wrought in gold, but Bina doesn’t let that stunt her creativity. Her designs are innovative and bold, a combination of fluidity, volume and colour. In a recent collaboration with Gemfields, Bina created the Ruby Lariat necklace, a priceless piece using Gemfields unheated and untreated rubies. It is a stunning collection of rare clam pearls that took years to source and six craftsmen to assemble.
WHY I LOVE IT: I met the elegant Bina at her exclusive presentation of exceptional necklaces with conch pearls at the Four Seasons Hotel in London. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed. In a private meeting with Bina’s daughter, I learned about her family legacy of supporting local craftsmen. Her daughter speaks with so much inspiration and admiration for her mother’s creativity and ability to create something so magical. It is impossible not to fall in love with the Goenka family and Bina’s elaborate jewellery.
Looking at the photos, which one is your favourite Bina Goenka’s creation? Let me know in the comments below.
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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.
Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
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