Our salon was pleased to host a trunk show for KAURA JEWELS in benefit of The Shower of Hope last week. The event brought together some beautiful and strong women. And while we all sipped prosecco and looked at some gorgeous pieces of jewelry we were able to chat the night away and learn more about our client and guest designer Harvinder Keila.
Keila was inspired to start KAURA JEWELS while she was searching for her inner-strength after giving birth to her daughter and battling a severe case of postpartum depression at 34.
“I worked 10 years in the environmental consulting industry; I was a geologist and a scientist.” Keila said. “As my daughter’s extreme colic continued well past 9 months, I had decided to quit my environmental consulting position because she was just inconsolable and I was lost.”
Almost a year later when her daughter was 18 months, Keila enrolled her at preschool and found herself going to the Calabasas library after each drop-off. Keila was confused and questioned why she was feeling so low-spirited and joyless long after her daughter’s colic had stopped.
As an Indian born in London and raised in Canada she decided to study Indian history at the library to learn more about her Indian culture. She read about historic battles, art, architecture, silk, Kings and Queens, the renaissance period, about jewels, Gurus and armour.
“One beautiful day, I made an instant connection between the emerald and ruby studded and animal-carved shields and swords in the history books, and my desperate need to reconnect with my inner-strength.” Keila said.
At that moment, she sketched a pendant for herself inspired by the ancient armour as a reminder to find balance in each day.
“I knew that when I would wear this pendant I would start making better choices; I wanted so badly to be my happy active self again, and to find balance as new mother.” Kayla said.
Fast forward seven years and Keila now runs a small creative business. KAURA JEWELS is an empowerment line of fine jewelry. With KAURA JEWELS, her mission is to create a momentum of self-trust and self-love in the wearer so that each of her clients may grow into the best authentic version of themselves.
“I now feel so blessed to have a daughter who opened my eyes and helped me realize that being creative is what makes me happy.” Keila said.
Over the years, the creative processes of designing and manufacturing fine jewelry organically translated into therapy for Keila. Within two years she designed four collections and launched her line at the largest jewelry event in North America, and was awarded “Rising Star 2014” by JCK EVENTS in Las Vegas.
“But I still felt like there was something more that I could do.” Keila said. “So after taking an ‘Aquarian Business School’ four-day Yoga workshop at the Rama Institute in Venice, I understood that if I gave forward it will only make the business better.”
You can help Keila with her mission by shopping the collections via her website , on Instagram, on Facebook and at shops in Santa Monica including Curated Los Angeles.