A LITTLE ABOUT ME
My name is Supriti Vaidya and I'm the founder of Halo Jewellery UK. I'm also the designer and creator of all the jewellery you see on this website. When I started Halo Jewellery UK, I wanted to make sure that every single piece that I made would hold some meaning for the person who wore it; this could be because its colour or form symbolised something you identified with or valued, such as a gemstone or zodiac sign. Whatever your reason, each piece I made would be more than a beautiful piece of jewellery.
My vision for Halo jewellery UK is to eventually employ disadvantaged women to help with the business, so that they can earn while they learn and eventually take their skills to work elsewhere if they wish.
THE STORY OF HALO
The story of Halo is a story of two halves, the first being the story of what made me passionate about girls’ education, and the second being what led to my love of making modern, minimalist, meaningful jewellery.
PASSIONATE ABOUT EDUCATION
CREATING STRONG, INDEPENDENT WOMEN WITH REAL CHOICES IN LIFE
The first half is really the story of my mother. She was the eldest of five children in a traditional Indian family, where the main aim was to have a son. My grandparents did eventually have a son, the fourth child, but the birth of each daughter was an obvious disappointment, and although the girls were loved, they were never expected to achieve much.
Despite this my mother went on to get three university degrees and instilled in me a love of learning. She taught me that education could be both interesting and important, and the root to creating strong and independent women. This belief has made me passionate about ensuring that every girl is given a basic education and is never made to feel inferior simply because she’s a girl.
A LOVE FOR DESIGNING AND MAKING JEWELLERY
FINDING MY CREATIVE SOUL
My passion for making jewellery started as a hobby. I have a background in maths and worked for over 30 years in project management and business analysis roles in the financial services industry. My corporate job gave me the intellectual challenge that I needed, but no creative outlet, so I did some jewellery courses on a whim.
I found the feeling of creating something with weight, texture and physicality so novel and satisfying, that I eventually did a silversmithing course, and that was when I fell in love with jewellery making. I knew I’d found my creative soul and wanted to do this full-time.
I set up a workshop at home and practiced as much as I could, while learning additional skills such as wax carving and enamelling by attending more courses. I went on to do an online Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Design to cover any gaps in my understanding of the design process.
The discipline, rigour and focus that I learned as part of corporate life has helped me to channel my creativity in a structured way and given me many of the basic skills required to run a business. I believe that second careers are worth their weight in gold, because they help you to learn, grow and fill the gaps in aspirations that your first career may not have done. The fulfilment that I get from creating something tangible, which has a texture, weight and feel to it is something that I never had in my corporate career.
PROFIT WITH PURPOSE
EMPOWERING WOMEN TO FULFIL THEIR POTENTIAL WITH THE MAHER FOUNDATION
Two thirds of the world's illiterate population is female - that's over 600 million women and girls.. There are still over 120 million girls around the world that are denied a basic education due to poverty or social constraints. At the heart of Halo Jewellery is my desire to help women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with their learning and education; I believe that there is no better way of creating strong, independent women with real choices in life.
If you have a strong social conscience and want to help the disadvantaged; if you are a person that enjoys wearing carefully designed, beautifully crafted, quality jewellery, then I think your values and those of Halo Jewellery align perfectly.
Halo donates 50% of its profits to the MAHER FOUNDATION, specifically towards their Kalasagar programme, which helps put girls back into education and enables them to get basic qualifications so that they can fulfil their potential and gain the confidence and self-respect that being independent will give them.
By wearing a piece of Halo Jewellery, you are not only wearing something that makes you feel your best, you are also becoming a part of these women’s story of being lifted out of a disadvantaged life.