Sudya collection – Vermeil line

This year, I have been holding back on posting my own work in this blog as there was too much of it last year and I started feeling very narcissistic, so I have been focusing on other people’s work instead. But it time to do a little unveiling of my own work – My Sudya collection of precious and semi precious jewelry

This year, I have been holding back on posting my own work in this blog as there was too much of it last year and I started feeling very narcissistic, so I have been focusing on other people’s work instead. But it time to do a little unveiling of my own work – My Sudya collection of precious and semi precious jewelry. I did pick a few pieces to for the St.Patricks day showcase but here is the full unveil, Line by Line.
The first, the most important and the most expensive of the three lines in Sudya, is the Vermeil line of Jewelry. I specialise in necklaces, but this collection is geared towards earrings as I was getting earring requests for some time now. They are all cocktail earrings, meant to be worn with dressy clothes like – cocktail/evening wear dresses or sarees.

Of all the pieces in the line, Zizi is my personal favourite, I long how it dangles and how the amertrine catches the light with a tiny purple streak. Its the ultimate cocktail earrings for me!!
Zizi Earrings
long cocktail earrings in 24K gold plated 925 silver enclosed natural amertrine (off white with purple streaks) paired with lotus leaf charm in 97% silver front plated in gold and hand formed simple vermeil ear hook Length from piercing – 53mm
Anyway, coming back to vermeil, just as all that glitters is not gold and all jewelry that is gold plated or dipped cannot be considered Vermeil in the true sense. The vermeil findings and wire that I have used are 925 sterling silver to 97% silver that has been plated with 2microns of 24K gold. The result is a beautiful deep gold color, unlike the gaudy orange gold we usually see here in Indian Jewelry stores.
Most of my blog readers, would know of my affinity (and attraction) to sapphire, so imagine my delight when I gold to work with real sapphire stones. I have picked three sapphires – Gray, rose and blue, all raw,chunky, natural, untreated ( the blue stone just has a rough cut)
For the gray Sapphire (the supplier called it black though) I picked a bright gold rose, earring finding just to play with the warm – cool contrast
sapphire rose earrings
VER 18-XD 17mm natural untreated black sapphire (opaque) enclosed in vermeil (24K gold on 925 silver) with vermeil (24K on 97% silver) gold rose flower hook Length from piercing – 37mm
Rubro earrings – VER 20
natural untreated pink sapphire stone and pink hydro quartz stone enclosed in vermeil (24K plated 925 silver) with hand made vermeil (24K plated 97% silver) hook

I originally named these Rubella earrings, as I liked how it sounded, but a google search alter I found out that is was the name of a virus 🙁 So I named it Rubro to signify the red shades

Heartfelt is a long cocktail earring that can be quite a head turner piece. It symbolises (raw) passion and the spores on the sapphire along with the bronze charm add an ethnic feeling to this piece.

Heartfelt Sapphire earrings – VER-17 DB
22mm natural untreated raw blue sapphire vermeil (24K gold on 925 silver) with vermeil (24K on 97% silver) Textured hook and carved bronze hearts. Length – 64mm
Juliet drops – VER 16 – DG
Long elegant earrings with green onyx Stones enclosed in vermeil (24K gold on 925 silver) with handmade vermeil hook (24K on 97% silver)

Then here are the Juliet drops I featured in my St.Patricks day post, Extremely simple and elegant these are a classic, best worn with an updo and a Bateau neck.
In the yellow version, which features beautiful chalcedony stones I have used rose gold earhooks for a tonal gradation effect

rose garden earrings -VER 19 – YL
Long yellow chalcedony drops with vermeil (24K on 97% silver) – with vermeil (24K on 97% silver) flower hook in rose gold finish Length from piercing – 47mm, rose width 10mm

Finally, Pink Lotus Princess earrings – Inspired by the Pink saree of Goddess MahaLakshmi as she sits on a lotus. I had made two of these which sold out as soon as I made them.

Pink lotus princess earring – SOLD
18mm natural pink chalcedony stones enclosed in vermeil (24K gold on 925 silver) with 20X9mm vermeil lotus hook (24K on 97% silver)

Unfortunately, I had read market wrong, people seem to prefer gold studs than danglers, atleast locally.The only stud in this vermeil line, incidentally the first piece I created in this collection, belongs to my mom. The Serpentine beads keep it extremely lightweight and working well with most silk sarees.

Excepting the last two designs, everything is still available for sale and you can mail be to avail pricing and order them.

So Thats the new vermeil line – how did you find the designs? Do you think I should make more in the future?
Doing Precious jewelry was a big, bold step for me in a different direction, though I didnt make every piece by myself like I usually do, I spent a lot of time, money and effort in conceptualizing, sourcing and coordinating with different suppliers and artisans to get it done – which is much more difficult to do than just making them. I learnt a lot of lessons in waiting, teamwork, photography during Sudya, I really hope it does well.

I Will post Silver and gold plated line in parts as they are quite big.
I hope you find it interesting
Cheers

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