HBA: Tell us a bit about Kamyen Jewellery
PJ: At Kamyen, we are a small knit family that runs the business. The family has been in the diamond trade for three generations, and jewellery has been a new addition to the family legacy.
HBA: What are the themes of Kamyen’s collections?
A lot of inspiration comes from India and its heritage and histroy, as well as nature.
Many of Kamyen's collections are inspired by Indian heritage
HBA: Why do you think women enjoy wearing Kamyen jewellery?
PJ: Because it’s easy to wear, it’s unique, and every piece has its own story. We work with a variety of gemstones, with emerald being a Kamyen favourite, and experiment with bespoke gemstone cuts as well. One recent example is a 5-carat Fancy Yellow round brilliant-cut diamond that we made into an Octagon shape, just to present something different and new to our clients.
A pair of emerald and diamond earrings by Kamyen, with diamond briolettes at the centre
HBA: Where are the pieces made?
PJ: Most of the jewellery is made by 70 craftsmen in our Mumbai atelier. We also make a small number of special pieces in Italy, specialising in titanium.
Ruby and diamond ring, Kamyen Jewellery
HBA: Is exhibiting at regional fairs such as Ataya important to Kamyen?
PJ: Regional shows are extremely important to Kamyen. However, one must pick them very carefully and analyse which exhibitions work best for the kind of collections you have to present. One example is Jewellery Arabia in Bahrain, which has been a huge stepping-stone in Kamyen's growth over the past five years.
We do not exhibit at any trade shows in the UAE, as we have our annual regional private trunk shows. One of these is Ataya 2018 this week, which we are super excited about.
Ataya is a charity exhibition organised by Emirates Red Crescent under the patronage and vision of HH Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan. It is open between 3pm-10pm and runs until this Thursday 15 March.