With almost a decade in the industry, jewellery designer Munazzah Godil unlocks her vault and tells us all about her brainchild. From the challenges of jewellery design to some of her favourite pieces, she tells us how she changed her passion into a career
How and when did you become interested in jewellery?
As someone who was extremely passionate about wearing jewellery, I never wanted to repeat a piece I had already worn before. I was enthusiastic about buying new jewellery wherever I travelled. At the time, there weren’t enough brands in Pakistan that catered to the demands of people who were looking for creative and unique silver jewellery that is also easy on the pocket. After getting various compliments from close friends and family regarding my personal collection, I decided to create my own designs in 2010 that gave me a chance to explore a plethora of ways in which ornamental pieces can be crafted.
What are your favourite pieces of jewellery (precious or costume)?
I usually prefer to wear jewellery adorned with south-sea pearls that I can carry with most of my casual attires. I’m also fond of some of my signature costume pieces that I pick based on what I’m wearing and the occasion. For instance, I’d prefer an elaborate traditional necklace to pair with a sari for a formal event.
Share a story with us about how you acquired one of your favourite pieces?
One of my other treasured pieces that I have made for my collection includes a carved ruby zircon necklace. It has been one of my masterpieces so far. I have always admired carved stones in my jewellery; however the process of carving out stones was a huge challenge at that time as very few possessed its technical knowledge in Pakistan.
Where did you get them?
These pieces are carefully designed and crafted by my craftsmen in Karachi where I pay close attention to detail and size, every step of the way. Each piece is therefore close to my heart.
Is there any piece you are emotionally attached to and why?
I bought a stellar diamond string from Dubai a few years ago that I still deeply admire and value. My parents bought it for me as I was absolutely awe-struck by the versatility and the simplicity of the piece. It has round, brilliant cut diamonds of one carat each in a single line.
Is there anything on your radar that you want to get or make in the future?
Over the seven years of my career as a jewellery designer, I have spent a considerable amount of time focusing primarily on bigger pieces. I would now also like to introduce a collection that is dedicated to smaller, delicate pieces of jewellery. These shall serve very well as gift items. I would also really like to own a vintage Columbian carved emerald and diamond brooch that I have recently come across. It has truly caught my attention and is one of a kind!