Inspired by individuality, Yasmine Al Sairafi’s handcrafted jewellery is unique in its own way. Owner of Melati Jewelry, each piece is created to bring the wearer a sense of balance and positivity
When did you first discover that you wanted to be a jewellery designer?
It was very natural. I found a stone in a river in Nepal that I wanted to keep close. I experimented with ways to do that and over time I got into electroplating – which meant I could plate any organic object and turn it into a centre-piece.
How would you describe your designs? What makes your jewellery distinct?
Both simple and unique, and inspired by individuality. Working with raw stones has enabled me to make one-of-a-kind pieces, which I think is really special. The stones are all different in shape, colour and size – just like us. So each stone is personal and you are the only person in the world with that exact piece.
You believe stones can bring about positive changes in the mind of the wearer.
Stones are natural and different from each other. So I believe that they harness different energies. I also think that if you believe something, it becomes real for you. If you wear a stone that you believe will bring you positive energy, it will serve as a reminder of that throughout your day.
How important is colour to your design process?
I think tones emit different energies.Dark vs light, bold vs pale – they are very specific. My new collection surrounds a more subtle, dreamy energy, and in that I’ve found stones like moonstones, opals and aquamarines to work better.
What is your biggest inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration in people and places around the world.
Biggest risk you ever took with a design?
My style is more delicate and simple. I started working with raw stones and was lucky that there was a big market for that in the Middle East.
What are you working on now? Any new designs you can hint at?
I have a new collection with Al Zain Jewellers under The Change Collection that will be released at the end of summer! It is the more subtle and dreamy designs I had referenced earlier. My top secret next collection will be based around raw stones again, in a different way.
What do you love about the work you do?
To get to play with beautiful stones all day. Best advice you have received. To keep going.
How do you define luxury?
Wants over needs.
Are you a realist or fantasist?
My head is in the clouds, so probably
Your favourite quote?
Travel far enough, you meet yourself.
Words by: Abhishek Chakraborty