Read How Sonal Sawansukha’s Life Changed at the Age of 19
- IWB Post
- May 6, 2015
Do you remember the campaign ‘Aid to Maid’ that brought a small yet powerful social change in Jaipur? The campaign spoke about how a master can bring positive transformation in a maid’s life.
The excellent campaign was initiated by the city’s Jewellery Designer Sonal Sawansukha, who is known for introducing a distinctive jewelry collection every season. Since ‘Aid to Maid’, we badly wanted to meet Sonal & talk about her 19-yr old self who became a sudden ‘it’ brand of Jaipur many years ago.
Here’s the story, read and get inspired.
JWB – Tell us from the beginning.
Sonal – I was one of those few students who are clear about their career path at a very early age. I always knew jewelry designing is something I can give my heart to, and so without a doubt, I pursued it soon after completing 12th grade.
I went to Mumbai to join SNDT that provided the only jewelry course during those times. Later, I got a chance to present myself at one of the events of the World Gold Council. Since this event invites biggest jewelers from round the world, I was a bit nervous. But more than that, I was confident of my talent. Amazingly, I won the award in Men’s Watch collection and became the youngest achiever!
I have no words to describe the feeling I was filled with. It was breath-taking. In Jaipur, every jeweler acknowledged my work and talent. That was the happiest phase of my life.
I saw myself in newspapers, TV news; I heard people talking about me. For that moment, I became the sensation of the town. All that because I made Jaipur city proud by being the youngest jewellery designing achiever.
I think I am married to jewelry. No offense to my lovely husband though! (laughs)
JWB – Wow, we can see that spark and happiness in your eyes while you’re telling us about it.
JWB – What has been your best and most favorite collection so far?
JWB – It is beautiful! Your clients must be habitual of your spectacular work.
JWB – Do you have any fear at this stage where you’ve reached a good height in your career?
Sonal – We, humans, have a tough time coming out of our past’s glory. Knowing I’ve achieved a lot at a tender age, I constantly check if confidence is overpowering my abilities. At that, I very well know that I have never let anything overshadow my talent, and that’s why I have always been able come up with collections that people recognize and appreciate.
JWB – Do you think you have it all?
Sonal (laughs) – Time management is an issue with every working woman. I believe that if a woman can’t handle time, she can’t handle anything in her life. It’s a regular struggle for me to improve my balancing skills.
JWB – How do you keep yourself at peace?
JWB – Finally, our favorite part is here. We want to see your designs!
Sonal showed us French Enameling artwork, Miniature painting collection, necklace made using someone’s private coin collection, Fabric collection, Hand-woven pearls, Peacock Feather collection, etc. (photos)
We love the confidence Sonal carries. She is well-aware of her skill and uses it with precision.
Photographer: Shashank K Tyagi