Naveen Ellahi, a stock trader and an avid jewellery collector, shares with us the treasures she keeps inside her vault
How/When did you get interested in jewellery?
I grew up in a predominantly male household with an older brother and two male cousins. During my childhood and early teens, I had no interest in anything feminine. However, my maternal grandmother has always been a jewellery collector and is solely responsible for my existing interest in jewellery. She succeeded in her aim to pass on her passion for jewellery by offering her pieces to me quite clandestinely.
What are your favourite pieces of jewellery and why?
My favourite pieces would have to be these chunky cocktails rings made from semiprecious gemstones as well as these bejewelled brooches, which were of course passed down to me by my grandmother. That is why they are special. The rings are pieces that can be worn with both eastern and western wear, and I prefer versatile pieces that allow me to do this.
Share a story with us about how you acquired one of your favourite pieces? Where did you get it from?
I got these rings from a family trip to Bangkok. I was with my khalas, who are both strong believers in the mystical powers of gemstones. They acquire different stones, particularly rings, as part of their business. On this trip, they were on a hunt for unique gemstones. While aiding them in their buying, I came across a beautiful blue aquamarine ring that I fell in love with and purchased. Aquamarine is branded as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness, and protection. It is also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness.
Is there anything on your radar that you want to get in the future?
On my jewellery radar, there are these sapphire necklaces and a brooch that my grandmother currently has. She gifted them to me, but I had heard this old superstition that a sapphire can cause the owner either very good luck, or vice versa. The month after I got them, I started falling very sick so I came to the conclusion that the stone probably didn’t suit me. I would love to get over this irrational superstition one day and get those pieces back, as I find sapphire to be one of the most beautiful stones!