In Conversation With | Ageerika Hari

Densely intricate, surprisingly flattering and mesmerizingly compelling jewelry by Vaitaanika is the brainchild of Ageerika Hari. Her ambition of creating elevated yet completely divine pieces is a convincing evocation of eclecticism. The jewelry pieces that seem to add a timelessly glamorous zing to pretty much any kind of outfit, boast of an appeal that goes far beyond the beautiful. Its gamine charm and touch of irreverence encrusted with precious gems has a persuasive, vital energy.

– Text by Kriti Sethi

 Ageerika’s work is as pure and unadulterated as the beautiful person she is herself. I spent certain dedicated hours during the past month and a half photographing these sublime pieces (to compile them here for your viewing pleasure of course), while Kriti caught up with this new kid on the block to find out where she gathers all that inspiration, motivation and supreme dedication from. Here’s a closer look at Ageerika’s splendid creations, some shot amid natural surroundings and some modeled by two of her closest and devastatingly gorgeous friends, Aditi and Bani.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari

This huge cocktail Sterling SIlver ring is inspired by nature. The flower in the middle is an orange Coral stone carved out in a shape of a Rose flower surrounding it are the leaves plated in 22kt kt gold.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari

This huge cocktail Sterling SIlver ring is inspired by nature. The flower in the middle is an orange Coral stone carved out in a shape of a Rose flower surrounding it are the leaves plated in 22kt kt gold.

What brought about the brand Vaitaanika?

I studied Jewelry Design in Singapore for 3 years and when I came back I decided to start something of my own and learn the ropes of the industry by being a part of it in my own firm and that’s how Vaitaanika was born.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari

This huge cocktail Sterling SIlver ring is inspired by nature. The flower in the middle is an orange Coral stone carved out in a shape of a Rose flower surrounding it are the leaves plated in 22kt kt gold.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari

How did the name come about?

“Vaitaanika” is a Sanskrit word that means peace and purity. I was doing a project in the second year of my college for which I named one of the rings as “Vaitaanika” and I fell in love with the name right then. I love the entire idea of having purity in your jewelry, as in using just the purest of materials, from the stones, the metals etc. to the entire design idea. It is all about originality.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari

The ring is inspired by nature. Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

The ring is inspired by nature, Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

How do you define your particular style or approach to design? What inspires you most?

For me, design is what I live. It is an everyday thing. I don’t generally go out looking for inspiration, it just walks up to me. My designs are all very Indian in nature. Each piece has a core base of Indian-ness because I absolutely love my country, its architecture, the culture. So that’s pretty much where I derive all my inspiration from. The very essence of being an Indian inspires me the most. I feel the world needs to know what we are so I try and portray that through my designs.

On Aditi: These set of pieces are inspired by nature, Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

On Aditi: These set of pieces are inspired by nature, Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This over-sized pair of jhumkas is inspired by nature. Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

On Aditi: These set of pieces are inspired by nature. Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This over-sized pair of jhumkas is inspired by nature. Flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. The metal used is 92.5 Sterling Silver plated 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

 

 What would you say is your specialty as a designer that distinguishes you from the rest?

I’d say it’s my originality. I don’t repeat my designs and only create one-off pieces. To an extent that I’ve created a piece in silver and someone wants that in gold, I make sure to have the silver one melted down right after the same design in gold is ready. I do a lot of contemporized Indian jewelry, which gives you the freedom to wear my pieces for all kinds of occasions and team them up with pretty much any kind of outfit, may it be ethnic or western. None of the pieces restrict you from dressing up in any fashion.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This delicate piece designed as a headgear often called Maang tikka is inspired by nature. The detailing of this design is looked into thoroughly. Mainly flowers, raindrops and soil influence each element in the design. Made using 92.5 Sterling Silver and plated in 22kt gold polish. Further adorned with Pearls and Coral beads.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

What are you most proud of in your work?

TEXTURES! I use a lot of textures. Each of my pieces has a different kind of texture, but this one particular kind called reticulation is seen in a lot of my designs. It just gives the piece a different feel altogether. So I mostly infuse a lot of texture with filigree work. I try to keep all the filigreed jaals very original and unconventional. I sit and design each one of them together with my karigars, always ensuring a certain kind of uniqueness. Besides that I have to say it’s the oversized proportions that my clients are beginning to identify my designs with. I am quite obsessed with oversized rings and earrings that can be worn as statement pieces. So even if you’re wearing just a single piece of jewelry, you’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression anywhere you go. My pieces come with a lot of personality.

 

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

On Bani: Earrings have lord ganesha sitting and playing a sitar(musical instrument) and around it are the musical vibrations. Made in 92.5 Sterling silver and plated 22kt Gold polish.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Earrings have lord ganesha sitting and playing a sitar(musical instrument) and around it are the musical vibrations. Made in 92.5 Sterling silver and plated 22kt Gold polish.

 

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Bangles sported are inspired by the dancing culture of India. Lord Ganesha is shown playing a flute and at the same time is in a dancing pose. The design is influenced depicting the idea of self, happiness (dancing on your own tune). Made in 92.5 Sterling Silver, further plated in 22kt Gold.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

The head adornment is called a ‘borla’ belonging to the rajwara culture mainly. This piece was designed keeping in mind the Indian feel, and so having an outline of flower as the main design with Blue Sapphires around it giving it a fusion appeal. At the same time sticking to the rajwara look by having kundan in between each Sapphire stone.

 

What can be expected from your current and upcoming projects?

I want my designs to reach out to a larger audience. And so I’m targeting a lot of online stores to retail through. And I’ll be coming up with a more affordable new range for the same very soon. I’m also working on a special range of bespoke watches.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This is a trailer to the next collection, which I call the ‘royal fever’. The armor used by the kings and its army on the battlefield inspires its design inception. Amethysts were considered to be the royal stones and so is the color Purple. Made in 92.5 Sterling Silver and plated in 22kt gold polish. The look is finished with Diamond Zircons.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

I just wish to gain a decent amount of recognition in the next couple of years. I don’t plan too far ahead for that matter. For now I’m just taking each day as it comes.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

A pair ear studs inspired by nature again. The design is created around the structure of a honeycomb. Keeping it sweet with just use of metal (92.5 Sterling Silver) and plating it with 22 kt gold polish to give it Honey Bee color.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

A pair ear studs inspired by nature again. The design is created around the structure of a honeycomb. Keeping it sweet with just use of metal (92.5 Sterling Silver) and plating it with 22 kt gold polish to give it Honey Bee color.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

The wooden stem here is holding a ring made in 92.5 Sterling Silver. Inspired by the stages of a blooming Rose flower. Pearl and sapphires are carefully chosen in to complete the inspiration of the design.

Name some artists/designers you admire?

I absolutely adore Sabyasachi’s work. I feel that the kind of jewelry I design, really compliments the kind of ensembles that he creates. I have also been compared a lot to Amarapali, Isharya and the likes, and that feels great indeed since I really admire their work. Besides they’re so well-known so I feel it’s a huge compliment and I feel extremely humbled to hear that. Besides that I quite like Suhani Pittie’s work, which is very unique and must check it out if you haven’t already.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Smoky Quartz stone with a deep pavilion (base of the stone) gave way to the intricate design on the metal (92.5 Sterling Silver). Design is inspired by nature and is influenced by raindrops.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Smoky Quartz stone with a deep pavilion (base of the stone) gave way to the intricate design on the metal (92.5 Sterling Silver). Design is inspired by nature and is influenced by raindrops.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Smoky Quartz stone with a deep pavilion (base of the stone) gave way to the intricate design on the metal (92.5 Sterling Silver). Design is inspired by nature and is influenced by raindrops.


If you had to describe your design style in one word, it would be?

I really can’t think of anything better than Vaitaanika itself! Its just PURE.

 

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Colorful sapphires set on a nature inspired Gold plated 92.5 Sterling Silver ring.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

The design is created around the structure of a honeycomb. Keeping it sweet with just use of metal (92.5 Sterling Silver) and plating it with 22 kt gold polish to give it Honey Bee color.

Currently reading?

Books don’t interest me. The only book I have read with full dedication not one but many times is the book written by my grandfather ‘Hari’s Canteen’ a book containing the memoirs of my grandfather while he was running his canteen for the IAS probationers.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This enormous cocktail ring is inspired by how stones are placed on a river bed. Sterling Silver is texturized and crafted on a Black Onyx stone.

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If you had to describe your work in one word you’d say?

Inspirational

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

The pair of earrings is deeply influenced by the fluting in a corrugated packaging box. The design was conceptualized keeping in mind my love for textures. 2 different polishes are infused in this piece.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Cocktail ring made 92.5 sterling silver and plated in 22kt gold is ispired by lotus flower flowing in the river. The filigree work is influenced by the waves in the river. Colorful sapphires have been added to make the ring look celebratory.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Cocktail ring made 92.5 sterling silver and plated in 22kt gold is ispired by lotus flower flowing in the river. The filigree work is influenced by the waves in the river. Colorful sapphires have been added to make the ring look celebratory.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Cocktail ring made 92.5 sterling silver and plated in 22kt gold is ispired by lotus flower flowing in the river. The filigree work is influenced by the waves in the river. Colorful sapphires have been added to make the ring look celebratory.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika


Describe HeadTilt in one line.

HeadTilt is a namesake to its blog features.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This big Gold plated Cocktail Sterling Silver ring is inspired by nature yet again and a Spider’s Web influences the design.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This big Gold plated Cocktail Sterling Silver ring is inspired by nature yet again and a Spider’s Web influences the design.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

This big Gold plated Cocktail Sterling Silver ring is inspired by nature yet again and a Spider’s Web influences the design.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

On your left is a pair of Sterling Silver Earrings, which is beautifully crafted around a Fancy shape, cut Yellow Topaz stone. Inspired by nature and influenced by blooming roses.
The fingers in the right hand are adorned by big Cocktail Sterling Silver ring inspired by nature yet again and a Spider Web influences the design.
In the left hand in the index finger is a lotus flower inspired ring with a Pink sapphire stone.
The other ring is inspired by the structure of a honeycomb. Keeping it sweet with just use of metal (92.5 Sterling Silver) and plating it with 22 kt gold polish to give it Honey Bee color.

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

Vaitaanika by Ageerika

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  • Ageerika’s work is stunning! The jhumkas with the Pearls and
    Coral beads is a work or art along with the rest of the collection. This are definitely on my must-have list!

    • Surbhi Sethi

      Stunning indeed! Thanks Kamana! 🙂

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