Precious? / India


 I am a jewellery-maker transitioning from architectural practice towards narrative objects and speculative adornment. I see my current practice as an exploratory journey into the development of jewellery and objects as stimuli for socio-cultural expression, inquiry and intrigue.

I employ different methods and materials in the creation of my work; however, I am primarily engaged with copper electroforming and patination. Responding to issues of the environment as well as socio-cultural paradoxes, my work aims at confronting my audience with tangible narratives of growth and decay; towards challenging conformist aesthetic sensibilities and values.

Having questioned the premise of jewellery as an art form over the last two years, both in academic and professional settings, I am keen on establishing a new position for contemporary jewellery practice in India – extending the discipline beyond its conventional roles of adornment and investment.


Inmunity Pin

Brooch, 2021

Glass syringe, cubic zircons, brass, stainless steel, epoxy adhesive

Future Heirloom

Ring, 2020

Copper, glass bead

Memory of a Lost Garden

Ring, 2020

Glass lightbulb, Copper, Raat-rani flowers, ferns, artificial eyelashes, epoxy adhesive


Graduate Diploma Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London (2019-20)
Bachelor of Architecture, Chandigarh College of Architecture (2011-2016)

AGC Special Prize: Gioielli in Fermento (Students category) 2021
Artificial Intelligems Virtual Exhibition exploring AI in Jewellery 2021
Shortlisted among top 8 at the Danacadesign Ring Smackdown 2021
Opulence Designers’ Summit (physical) exhibition, Chandigarh 2021
Kajaria Meritorious Student Award for Architecture 2016
National Winner Landscape Design Competition, NASA India 2014
National Talent Search Scholarship (NTSE) 2007 – 2016

PR & Research Internship: MASieraad 2020-2021
Modual 2020 Collaborative Workshop and Virtual Residency 2020
Junior Architect & Projects Coordinator: TAO Architecture Pvt. Ltd. 2017-2019
Freelance Architectural Designer 2016-2017
Research Internship: Altrim Publishers 2015-2016
Undergraduate Architecture Internship: Todd Jersey Architecture 2014-2015

Member Precious Collective
Member AGC (Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo)
Registered with COA (Council of Architecture), India

Precious? 2021 – Alexandra Prelipcean

ALEXANDRA PRELIPCEAN Precious? / Romania   My jewelry tells alternative stories about beauty, as I don’t seek beauty in perfection. A Story in White Collection tells stories about change and growth, about new beginnings, about the transmutation of Fear into Hope....

Precious? 2021 – Amy Stringer

AMY STRINGER Precious? / UK   Amy fuses industrial and precious materials to create bold, one off contemporary jewellery. Amy primarily combines cement with striking metalwork, nature and gemstones to challenge society’s perception of ‘precious’. With...

Precious? 2021 – Carmel Boerner

CARMEL BOERNER Precious? / Canada   Ruff subverts a historically potent symbol of status and wealth, questioning who and what is precious. While Ruff appears to be an Elizabethan frippery of fabric, on closer appraisal it betrays itself as gloves worn by medical...

Precious? 2021 – Claudia Lepik

CLAUDIA LEPIK Precious? / UK   Claudia Lepik is a jewellery artist who is intrigued by how to push boundaries in jewellery through her use of scale and materials. She is specifically interested in face and nose jewellery but is heavily inspired by theatrical...

Precious? 2021 – Dongyi Wu

DONGYI WU Precious? / USA   Dongyi’s works span across jewellery, body jewellery, fashion art, sculpture and conceptual installation. Trying to push the boundaries of jewellery, Dongyi creates the works with her unique and expressive language while making them...

Precious? 2021 – Elisabetta Nevola

ELISABETTA NEVOLA Precious? / Italy   For me porcelain represents a unique and privileged expressive tool, where strength and delicacy can coexist, despite this contrast . My creations are the outcome of a matter research: clay plasticity and metals, come...

Precious? 2021 – Elvira Cibotti

ELVIRA CIBOTTI Precious? / Argentina   I have always been an avid observer of my surroundings. The impressions and feelings embossed in my mind have made me feel the need to talk about how I see and feel the world around me. Through jewelry, I have found a way to...

Precious? 2021 – Iro Kaskani

IRO KASKANI Precious? / Cyprus   My work is about designing and making visionary pieces through the synergy of craftsmanship and creativity. Throughout the whole process, from concept to completion; the intention is to successfully create wearable artwork that...

Precious? 2021 – Juan Harnie

JUAN HARNIE Precious? / Belgium   Juan Harnie is a 27-year old jewellery designer/maker from Hasselt, Belgium. He studied architectural and interior arts in Brussels but the scale of the things he had to design troubled him. He liked to work on a small scale and...

Precious? 2021 – Mara Colecchia

MARA COLECCHIA Precious? / USA   Working with minuscule seed beads forces a weaver to be methodical and attentive, as a small mistake on a large piece can turn into a serious complication. This technique is extremely time consuming, and necessitates the creation...

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