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Meet Chicago Designer: Meghna Patel

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Meghna Patel is a creative force and haute couture extraordinaire. Based in Chicago, she founded Meghna Jewels in 2011 to share her enthusiasm for colour with 21st-century women. Having grown up in India, Meghna’s heritage is reflected throughout her vibrant and intricately detailed designs. She first fell in love with the fashion industry watching runway shows as a child, and before long, fused her love of art with fashion and started sketching jewellery.

Today, her designs have been featured in top fashion publications including Elle, Vogue and Brides. Having grown up in India, Meghna’s heritage is reflected throughout her vibrant and intricately detailed designs. She utilises precious gemstones and layers designs with pavé diamonds, to create fine jewellery with structural depth and adventurous aesthetics.

 

Have you always had a passion for jewellery?

“I enjoyed watching runway shows from a young age. Ever since I was a little girl I loved drawing and it came naturally to me. My creative process is simple and organic. It starts with a simple sketch. I begin with a blank piece of paper and an idea. That idea can occur to me anywhere, often, in the most unlikely places, but soon enough I complete a sketch and that marks the birth of that particular piece. My love for fashion and art merged in launching my jewellery line.”

 

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How has your childhood influenced you as a designer?

“For the first 15 years of my life I grew up in India. My heritage plays a big influence on my collection. I was always surrounded with vibrant colours and intricate details. I saw my mum wearing sari’s handwoven with intricate details. I like using vibrant gemstones and creating striking colour combination is big part of my jewellery line. I don’t have a technical background or formal training in making jewellery.  My mind is my canvas and I love playing dress up as you can really let your imagination go wild and pretty much visualise your designs before you even make it.”

 

"My heritage plays a big influence on my collection. I was always surrounded with vibrant colours and intricate details. I saw my mum wearing sari’s handwoven with intricate details."

 

Values are hugely important to us at Jewelstreet. What are your core brand values?

“I value relationships. Whether it’s husband-wife, mother-daughter, father-son, friendship; it’s what makes our lives meaningful. By giving a piece of jewellery as a gift you are creating that lasting memory even when you might not be around. Jewellery signifies love.”

 

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Are there any clients you are particularly proud of?

“I love watching fashion forward shows and when I saw some of the pieces worn by celebrities like Blake Lively and Kelly Rutherford it’s an exciting and proud moment.”

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"I always keep a book and pencil with me as you never know when you may get an idea and want to capture the idea at that very moment."

 

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

“I get constant inspiration for my designs from anything that I fall in love with at first sight. It could be a beautiful place, a painting or a fabric with unique motif which I can later incorporate in my jewellery. I’ve travelled to many places and appreciate beauty in nature, architectural details and all those travel memories reflect in my pieces. I always keep a book and pencil with me as you never know when you may get an idea and want to capture the idea at that very moment. Other times it might come later as we treasure those memories. It’s like you don’t know when you will strike that cord of a new design idea.”

 

What’s your favourite part about being a jewellery designer?

“I love seeing my pieces being worn by celebrities and featured in top publications like Elle, Vogue, Oprah Magazine, WWD, National Jeweler, Latina and more. Many women appreciate unique pieces and when they buy my jewellery I feel that my work is being appreciated, and that’s the most rewarding feeling.”

 

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How do you want someone to feel when they wear your designs?

“I want her to feel confident. The women who buy my jewellery don’t necessarily follow trends but rather have their own individual style and don’t need anyone’s approval. She is confident in the way she carries herself as she has her own unique sense of style. Trends don’t define you, what defines you is your own individual style.”

 

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"I believe that across all cultures, jewellery is what completes any outfit and that every detail in design should be specific and deliberate."

 

What drives you to keep creating new and exciting designs?

“Creativity drives me to do more. I feel that we can always thrive to do better. I love the creative process of designing each piece from original sketch to final piece. I visualise an image of the piece before I even make it. The most exciting part is being able to see your creation from sketch to CAD. I want to empower woman and want them to feel beautiful and confident wearing my jewellery. I believe that, across all cultures, jewellery is what completes any outfit and that every detail in design should be specific and deliberate. My pieces are the product of my imagination and things that inspire me in everyday life. I want to design jewellery that captivates women’s heart and soul.”

 

Meghna Jewels is available to shop on Jewelstreet here.

 

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