Starting her career in the City at 19, Sonal's talent for jewellery came to light after joining investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Her fascination with gemstones began at 22 and, drawn to their unique facets and colour, transformed into an enviable treasure trove, proving an exotic distraction from the corporate world.
At 23, the sudden loss of Sonal's father and aunt, coupled with a demanding career, unearthed a need for a creative
escape. Sonal started teaching herself to make jewellery in her spare time, soon turning her collection of stones into eclectic and bold statement jewellery inspired by her Indian heritage., leading to the creation of her first range, Tribal Decadence, in 2009.
With orders increasing through word of mouth via friends and colleagues, it set the wheels in motion for the start of her
first statement jewellery label, Eastern Mystic.
In September 2009, Sonal was awarded a place on the first KICKSTART initiative, a launchpad for selected fledgling
designers to be introduced to the commercial world of jewellery at trade show International Jewellery London, and saw
this as the perfect platform to launch her brand.
Eastern Mystic is a designer jewellery brand recognised for its uniquely seductive statement jewellery,
with pieces featured in Vogue, Elle,Harper's Bazaar, Grazia and inStyle to name but a few.
September 2012 saw the launch of Sonal Talgeri-Bhaskaran London, showcasing an architectural slant to
her signature East-Meets-West style, merging industrial form and Indian Symbolism to create eye-catching
and easy-to-wear contemporary designer jewellery.
While both brands are distinct in style, they share Sonal's passion of making and designing dramatic,
head-turning pieces that transform cultural influences and aspects of her Indian heritage into contemporary yet glamourous statement jewellery
"One to Watch" | Holts Academy of Jewellery Awards | May 2013
Nominated for the "One to Watch" Holts Academy of Jewellery Award
Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing | Holts Academy of Jewellery | May 2013
Sonal graduates from Holts Academy of Jewellery
WGSN Editor's Choice | London Jewellery Week | June 2011
"Chained" Necklace from the Mayon Collection selected as WGSN's Editors Choice
Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem: Sonal Talgeri-Bhaskaran | Sept 2010
Selected as founder member of the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 List 2010 in the NexGems Category
Professional Jeweller/Treasure Competition | London Jewellery Week | June 2010
Winner of the Professional Jeweller/Treasure competition for London Jewellery Week, marking the brands first retail show presence.
Contemporary Designers Exhibit at the CMJ | Feb 2010 & July 2010
Selected as one of 8 contemporary designers to exhibit at the CMJ Buyers Meeting for the first time.
KICKSTART | Sept 2009 | Eastern Mystic Launch
Awarded one of 10 places as an upcoming designer on the first KICKSTART initiative, Sponsored by IJL and supported by the BJA.