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Flora Bhattachary

Profile

Using high quality stones, unique lapidary and hand carving, Flora’s jewels are unashamedly opulent and seductive.  Flora’s work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, The Times, Telegraph Luxury and The Jewellery Editor and she has exhibited at Paris and New York Fashion Weeks.  Flora has won a number of accolades from Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem, to selection for IJL’s KickStart, EC One Unsigned competition, New Designers One Year On and a number of Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards. 

Background

“I fell in love with jewellery early, playing with my mother’s Tibetan carved beads and my grandmother’s heirloom treasures.  The first piece of jewellery that I was given as a child was an ancient carved bird handed to me at the archaeological site in Taxila.  I still have that bird - it encapsulates my passion for jewellery and for antiquity.  Initially I took a degree in history, but ultimately I was drawn to train in fine jewellery, completing a BA at KIAD Medway and working for a number of British jewellery houses and heading up Electrum Gallery."

It was studying for an MA at St Martins that clarified Flora’s design direction.  "I began to explore my family’s links with Asia and the East India Company and to unite my passion for history with my love of pattern, exotic precious stones and opulent pearls.  My family story and my ancestor’s travels, drew me into a world of Indian mythology, Hindu Goddesses and tales of feminine mystique, power and passion."

Design

"As a woman, designing for women, my vision draws on history and mythology to evoke powerful women of the past and to celebrate the success and accomplishments of the women I meet today.  My designs balance femininity with inner strength.  Jewellery has a unique ability to connect at a deep level and for that reason many of my designs contain an inner symbolism – to empower and embolden the wearer.”

Appointments

Flora is available for consultations by appointment at the Goldsmiths Centre in Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell.

 

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