Saga in Sapphire

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You can tell that the ultra- feminine and stunning Ayesha Depala is an aesthete and loves vintage. The Kashmiri beauty is a fashion designer of repute based in Dubai and is known to have dressed a host of celebrities across cinema and outstide. Her soft yet fiery personality embodies the resplendent sapphire and she is one of the Navratnas chosen by Gehna Jewellery Boutique acknowledged by Femina Middle East. Manju Ramanan speaks to the achiever

Tell us about the Gehna jewellery piece you are wearing and how does it resonate with your personality?
I am wearing a string of sapphires and pearls with a beautiful pendant. The piece is pretty unique because, inside the pendant you have light blue acquamarine that is a jadau piece and two jhumkis to accentuate the bottom of the piece. I am from Kashmir and the bluest sapphire have been known to originate from that region. The piece is quite universal and in sync with my personality – it breaks away from being too traditional and embraces all that is universal. The gemstone sapphire represents discipline hardwork and detachments and a sense of responsibility – all of which are qualities I see reflected in my own life. I am a bit of a perfectionist and an aesthete.

How do you see the Ayesha Depala brand blend with the jewellery piece you are wearing?
My brand is feminine, soft, sensual and timeless, but has an underlying element of progressive thought. Though I am inspired by ancient Indian crafts and textile, in the Ayesha Depala Couture line, my Prêt-à-Porter is soft with a strong street-savvy style. I have just introduced Indian wear that really easy to wear but extremely classy, contemporary and feminine. The jewellery piece I am wearing embodies that as well.

How much has fashion consciousness in Dubai grown from the time you have been here?
I have been here for about a decade and Dubai has a big appetite for fashion and the city loves to experiment. But it loves that its fashion is customized as well.

What makes you Unstoppable?
Innovation. I am a woman on the go. I am a mother and an entrepreneur and my passion is my work. That makes me unstoppable!

Ayesha Depala is wearing a necklace with a jadau pendant with a carved aquamarine centre surrounded by carved blue sapphire leaves encrusted in 22K gold and enhanced with polki jhumkha danglers, faceted sapphire beads and basra pearls. The pendant is strung into a fine neck ornament using sapphire beads and pearls. Her earrings are polki encrusted jadau earrings enhanced with fine faceted blue sapphire beads.