Having travelled extensively from an early age, jewellery designer, Sushilla Done has been inspired by the vibrant colours and natural textures she saw in places as diverse as Khartoum, Victoria Falls, the Nile, Marrakech, the Palaces of Istanbul and of course, India.

Sushilla saw her first example of an uncut, unpolished gemstone while travelling with her parents from Lusaka to Livingston; on the roadside she saw large chunks of rough Amethyst. Decades later, while sourcing semi-precious stones in India, Sushilla saw a rough unpolished piece of Smithsonite which reminded her of the blue sky over the Victoria Falls. All these life experiences have shaped her vision for her collections of luxurious designer jewellery.

Sushilla says her design ethos is simple; if the stone is beautiful in colour, shape and quality, then it should be set to allow the beauty of the stone to shine.

About Sushilla

About Gemstones

Sushilla travels to India twice a year, where she spends weeks at a time working closely with both the stonecutters, and the workshops that produce her jewellery – “I like to meet and get to know the people I work with. Some of them have been with me since the beginning and they can interpret my ideas and sketches very quickly.”

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Sushilla also sponsors children at the SOS Children’s Village in Jaipur, “for me this is an opportunity to give back to the community I work in and also a chance to escape the bustle of Jaipur and visit this oasis of calm. I try to visit the orphanage at least once during my trips to India”. Sushilla has committed to sponsoring more children this year, “I would like to sponsor children in both Sudan and Zambia, places that I have such happy memories of as a child myself.”

You can find out more about Sushilla’s trips to the SOS Children’s Village here and here.

Talitha Jewellery Collection

One of the latest collections is Talitha, a wonderful designer range of jewellery using ‘one off’ pieces of rose cut gems including multi coloured Sapphire, Aquamarine, Tanzanite and Chrysoprase. A personal favourite of Sushilla, “it allows me to spend hours looking at and selecting some of the most beautiful stones.” Each piece in the Talitha Collection is completely unique.