Priya Raju

SINTAMANI

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

London, UK

Biography:

Coming from a heritage where jewellery is a treasured artefact, Priya, from an early age has been passionate about body ornaments.  Having initially studied Chemistry, Priya’s passion for making jewellery started after her travels to Sri Lanka in 2003, where she learnt the art of hand-crafting a piece of fine jewellery from a traditional goldsmith. The concept behind Priya’s work was to create a modern version of traditional Indian jewellery; jewellery that is unique yet worn universally.  The inspiration for the collections came from historic Mughal architecture and brocades seen in Indian saris.  Lines are picked out from intricate repetitive patterns seen in Jali and Zari works, and translated into simple geometric drawings.  These drawings are then transformed into linear 2D and 3D architectural forms using computer aided design.  The outcome for each design is a decorative motif, the Lotus flower, symbolic in Hinduism as being associated with beauty.  Priya works in precious metals (silver and gold) and gemstones. All work is available in gold and can be set with any precious gemstone on commission.

Specialist Techniques:

Small scale silversmithing Traditional Jewellery Techniques

Awards:

2012 - Selected for 'Rising Stars', New Ashgate Gallery 2011 - Shortlisted for 'September Honda Handmade in Britain' competition; Shortlisted for 'Treasure' competition by Professional Jeweller 2010 - Selected for 'Design Space', Birmingham City Council and European Regional Development Fund

Education:

2008-2010 National Diploma Design Crafts (Precious Metals & Gemstones), Triple Distinction, Birmingham City University 2007-2008 Jewellery evening class, School of Jewellery, Birmingham 2006-2007Jewellery evening class, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham 2003 Jewellery short course, Sri Lanka

Exhibitions:

Please visit designer's website for up to date events

Publications:

Professional Jeweller (UK) The Jewelry (Korea)


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    Geometric Pin (one-off)

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    The Lovers' Stone (one-off cocktail ring)

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    Holi Pearl Neckpiece with Star Lotus Clasp - 2012

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    Star Lotus (drop pendant)

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    Star Lotus (Laksmi studs)

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    Blue Lotus (Lily hoops)

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    Blue Lotus (tapered bangle)

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    Blue Lotus (angular bangle)

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    Blue Lotus (large bangle)

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    Blue Lotus (Large cocktail ring)

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    Blue Lotus (Small earrings)

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    Blue Lotus (Lilypad Brooch)

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