“I am Ajay Patil from the Pink city of India, Jaipur. I was born in October, 1975. My friends describe me as a hardworking, humble and helpful person.
“My father was in the silver jewelry bullion business and owned a testing lab. I have done my post-graduation schooling, but since childhood itself, I was very much attracted to silver jewelry and the dazzle of colorful gemstones. I used to assist my father in his business and also looked after his lab. A lot of silver artisans came over for testing. I was amazing by the designs and beauty of the products. I was so much attracted to the jewelry that I decided to learn to design and craft jewelry myself.
“I started visiting several silver artisans known to my father, and learned the art of crafting silver jewelry. I used to sit for several hours and watch the artisans who created the intricate silver jewelry. It requires passion to learn, dedication to work and hope to succeed. I love to create new designs. I myself learned everything by observation and experiments. And currently I have sufficient and good knowledge about this craft.
“Slowly, with the support of my father and family, I started my own workshop where I have a team of 4-5 workers. 20 other part time workers also work with us from their homes/villages. We provide them with materials and designs, and they craft jewelry for us. My brother and my friend also work with me, and are a constant support to me.
“The best thing about our jewelry is that all is handcrafted, and every product is made with the best finishing and with beautiful gemstones. Most importantly we do not compromise on quality, finishing, polishing, setting, etc. The most challenging part is design selection. We put different ideas into one design. After that we create it as a sample. But whether that sample will work out or not is the main challenge.
“I get inspiration from feedback of customers. When customers say that they are satisfied with my work, I get motivated and that inspiration will keep up my quality work for the future also. I like the idea that I can work on my passion. Many people don’t get the opportunity to convert their passion into a profession. Now, with the experience of 15 years, I would love to teach others. Currently my friend is learning from me about gemstones.
“My craft gives employment to my team workers and my local community, and education for their children, along with a stable life.
“Last year we participated in the Gem & Jewelry Fair held at Jaipur, which was a great success. I hope to deliver more designs and discover new products so that my customers will always stay satisfied and enjoy beautiful products. My dream is to expand globally and share my work on a larger scale.”