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Growing up in India, Avneet Basi was always surrounded by pattern, color, and jewelry. “India is adornment times a hundred!” she says. “My mother has a sick collection of yellow-gold jewelry—you don’t really see that kind of quality nowadays.” Milestones in her life were also marked by gifts of jewelry, and even though she had always painted and illustrated, when it came time to get serious about something creative, well, as she says, “I never even considered anything else.”
After graduating from a metalsmithing program at FIT, Avneet worked for a mass-market accessory company for half a decade before striking out on her own to make the kind of rings and necklaces she had always wanted to create—“the forever kind.” She launched Krysos + Chandi, named for the Greek god of gold and the Hindi word for silver, in late 2013, marrying burnished metal and geometric shapes with brightly colored yarn and a tassel or two. “These are really heirloom pieces,” she adds. “I want them to be the pieces that people remember where and why they bought them.” —genevieve ang
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