At a Mumbai Jewelry Design Studio, Intellect Meets Art

NAME Rahul and Roshni Jhaveri, the husband-and-wife homeowners of Studio Renn.

HOMETOWNS Mr. Jhaveri, 36, is from Mumbai; Ms. Jhaveri, 37, grew up in Nagpur, a metropolis of about 2.9 million within the central state of Maharashtra.

Rahul and Roshni Jhaveri, the husband-and-wife homeowners of Studio Renn. The title is derived from the Latin for “rebirth.”Credit…by way of Studio Renn

THEY NOW LIVE In the Malabar Hill neighborhood of South Mumbai. Their studio is about 20 miles north, in Borivali, close to Sanjay Gandhi National Park — and whereas the commute takes about 1.5 hours every manner, they are saying sensible issues, reminiscent of having an reasonably priced house for his or her 25-person crew, make it worthwhile. (“It is on that drive that we experience the city changing the most,” Mr. Jhaveri stated throughout a video name in late April. “Seeing it in flux is a constant source of inspiration.”)

BACKGROUND The two met in 2002, on the primary day of worldwide scholar orientation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. “We were best friends, started dating senior year and, two years after graduating, we got married,” she stated.

They returned to Mumbai, the place Ms. Jhaveri pursued a profession in technique consulting and Mr. Jhaveri apprenticed at his household’s diamond manufacturing enterprise, ultimately changing into a accomplice. In 2018, they based Studio Renn (the title is derived from the Latin for “rebirth”), the place he heads design and manufacturing and she or he oversees gross sales and advertising and marketing. “It’s pretty much the same as at university,” Mr. Jhaveri stated. “The all-nighters where Roshni is putting in all the work and I’m kind of slacking off.”

The Gemstone Puffball earrings have been designed “to look as in the event that they’re rising off your ear,” Mr. Jhaveri stated.

JEWELRY EXPERIMENTS In 2019 the couple went on a trek round Lake Tansa a couple of hours outdoors Mumbai. “We stumbled across an object that was there, rotting away,” he stated. “It was the act of us picking it up that gave birth to an idea: Things are absolutely worthless until you give them attention.”

Back on the studio, they scanned the article (Mr. Jhaveri stated it was natural in nature, however wouldn’t be extra particular, preferring to depart the piece open to interpretation) and printed a Three-D model, then solid it in 22-karat yellow gold and created a ring that retails for $16,000. Inside the perforated kind are rubies that reveal themselves solely when gentle strikes the ring. “It represents an energy hidden inside,” he stated.

CURRENT PROJECT Studio Renn’s different initiatives have emerged from equally philosophical forays on topics like permanence and atrophy, usually prompted by consumer commissions or collaborations with artists the Jhaveris admire. Take (An)otherness, an evolving assortment that now totals about 80 items and grew from a collection of customized sketches by the up to date artist Prashant Salvi. It contains items just like the $20,000 Bleeding Tooth ring, which has Burmese ruby cabochons meant to seem like drops of blood, and the $23,500 Gemstone Puffball earrings, which have been designed “to appear as if they’re growing off your ear,” Mr. Jhaveri stated.

The (An)otherness items don’t share an aesthetic by line — relatively, “they are unified by the creative process,” Ms. Jhaveri stated, including that ideas like reflection, destructive house and quantity proceed to resurface of their work.

The $20,000 Bleeding Tooth ring has Burmese ruby cabochons meant to seem like drops of blood. Studio Renn makes use of uncommon supplies, together with gems, that deliberately haven’t been heated to enhance their colour and readability.

MATERIAL CULTURE Studio Renn makes use of uncommon and helpful supplies — together with gold, diamonds and Burmese rubies and sapphires that haven’t been heated to enhance their colour and readability (“No-heat gems have a softness to them that feels a lot more natural,” Mr. Jhaveri stated) — however the couple sees magnificence in much less overtly valuable gadgets, too. Their Found Objects collection, for instance, options vintage cash, a meditation on the transience of worth.

MAKING ART DURING A PANDEMIC The Jhaveris have spent the previous yr fulfilling commissions and dealing on a new assortment that they weren’t prepared to debate. “Most creative work happens after a very tumultuous period,” Mr. Jhaveri stated. “And I think that might be true in this case as well.”