Kapadia’s Designs Sparkle

Award-winning cuff (MayaJewels.com)

The International Jewelry Design Guild has decided she is an enormously promising, “up and coming designer.”

But don’t let the “up and coming” bit fool you.

Chhaya Kapadia has already arrived.

Her pieces have recently been featured in W and Elle magazines—and her original design (the 22kt gold filigree and rosewood cuffs pictured here) stole the show at the Town and Country Design Awards in Las Vegas, taking home the T & C Gold Award.

Now in her early 50s, Kapadia is something of a late bloomer.

She studied colored stones at the Gemological Institute of America and spent time in the trenches (make that the mines) of Brazil, immersing herself in the world of gemstones. But before all that she spent years in corporate America, serving as a vice president at Citibank, a director at NASDAQ and even the executive director at Kaiser Permanente.

Three years ago she left the corner office behind to follow her bliss. The result? Her New York-based company Maya Jewels.

Town and Country calls Kapadia’s designs “innovative,” saying they demonstrate wonderful “use of materials such as wood, enamel and color stones formed into a truly unique collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs and rings.”

Check out her full collection here.

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