SHUKRA started with a dream to cater to a clientele of discerning young professionals desiring custom-made, fine jewelry. As a young girl growing up in India, I was mesmerized by my mom’s beautiful jewelry. I loved when she would tell me what made each piece particularly special. Perhaps the gorgeous pearls in a necklace were original Basra pearls from Persia, or the vibrant red stones in a pair of earrings were highly coveted Burmese rubies. Maybe a particularly grand necklace had significant historical value, having once belonged to the Nizam of Hyderabad. Observing my mother’s keen eye for finesse and the tasteful pieces she gathered for her jewelry collection, I learned how to put ensembles together. I began to understand how one piece might compliment another, and how sometimes, one stunning piece is enough to make a statement. When I moved to the US more than two decades ago, I found myself observing various pieces of jewelry in stores and wishing I could alter them slightly, or combine aspects of theirs in order to fit my personal taste. Unfortunately, the resources for this were not easily available, especially at a reasonable cost. Inspired by my mother’s unique taste and eager to help other jewelry enthusiasts, I decided to solve this problem myself by creating custom jewelry. To equip myself with the tools of the trade, I studied Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I also earned a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America, where I acquired the necessary training and expertise to become a professionally trained jeweler and a qualified Gemologist. Independent, style-savvy consumers today want jewelry suited for their personal taste instead of pieces they can pick off the shelves of a retail store. The value-conscious among them also want to know they are getting high quality goods for their hard earned money. As a Jewelry Stylist I love helping people put together complete collections of jewelry to suit their lifestyles and budgets. It is my pleasure to create a wide range of jewelry, from simple, everyday pieces to wear to work, to statement jewels for important events, to playful and trendy baubles to take along on vacations. It is my dream and Shukra’s vision to make clients' fantasies into realities by crafting their dream pieces for them at a fraction of their otherwise anticipated retail cost.