Ancient EastERN PROMISES
Flora Bhattachary draws on her time in India as a child to fuse Eastern art with Western design. Using richly coloured stones, solid gold and hand carving, Flora makes bold jewels with a strong sense of pattern. Initially studying history, Flora trained in fine jewellery and worked for a number of British jewellers before taking an MA at St Martins.
“I fell in love with jewellery early, playing with my mother’s Tibetan carved beads and my grandmother’s heirloom jewels. The first piece of jewellery that I was given as a child was an ancient carved bird at the archaeological site in Taxila (northern Pakistan). I still have that bird and it encapsulates my passion for jewellery, antiquity and mythology."
"My design balances femininity with strength and often evokes strong women from Asian mythology to inspire and embolden the wearer.”