Inspired by Beauty: Meet Designer Vasant
During an annual yoga retreat to India seventeen years ago, an instructor showed Vasant some stones. The instructor then suggested that she design a necklace out of sapphires and Vasant created her own jewelry for the first time. “I fell in love with this simple sapphire necklace, everyone asked me about it over and over. People were literally stopping me on the street to ask about it,” she said. This triggered her love of gemstones. When she returned to India for the yoga retreat the following year, she designed more jewelry and upon her return to the States, they sold rapidly. In each piece, Vasant is inspired by nature and wants to supply beauty for her customers.
Born in England, but residing in Santa Barbara, California, Vasant considers herself a citizen of the world. Her global travels are obvious in her world-inspired pieces. India is the source of most of her inspirations, but her work has also been described as having a revived ancient and Roman quality. Vasant’s original career path involved the healing arts, spiritual counseling, and body work. She also works as a yoga instructor in addition to her jewelry design. She likes to say, “I didn’t choose jewelry, jewelry chose me.”
Vasant is known for her unique color combinations and always strives to bring the right stone to the right woman. She says women usually know which stone is right for them. She believes in the healing aspects of stones and says when women are drawn to a color, they are really choosing the stone that has the appropriate qualities she needs at that point in her life. For instance, someone trying to heal a broken heart might choose rose quartz.
Above all, Vasant’s main goal is to create beauty. She defines beauty as, “When you’re standing in nature and it takes your breath away. It helps human beings when Mother Nature exposes herself in the colorful ocean, changing landscape, and even beneath the ground where you find incredible gems, that I use to make my jewelry.” The stunning stones that she uses exemplify the power and beauty of nature. She says, “people are looking for the things that help them and bring beauty into their lives. All artists want to create art in the world that will be remembered, to create something that brings beauty.” Most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and an important staple of each owner’s collection. Stop by the Squash Blossom to see which piece is calling you.