Every piece of jewelry I sell has been handmade by me, Jehan Teja, with a great deal of love and attention to detail. I select materials with a keen eye for quality and elegance. I always want to make sure that my customers will look and feel great wearing Azki Jewelry for many years to come.
Azki Jewelry was founded in Toronto in 2009 as an outlet for creative passion. Our home has always been filled with crafty projects — knitting, crocheting, sewing... the list goes on. When my mom came home with a necklace design that she'd found in "Bead Style" magazine, we set about re-creating it. We quickly discovered the big, wide world of jewelry design — so many materials to choose from, each with its own style and beauty.
I was hooked. In between obtaining a Master's Degree in Economics from McMaster University and working as a civil servant for the Government of Ontario, I've spent the last few years poring over books, online tutorials and YouTube videos, as well as taking jewelry design courses, meandering through bead stores for countless hours, shopping online for the best products and prices... It's been a labour of love, and mostly self-taught. My friends and family have gotten used to me invading their personal space to get a closer look at the jewelry they're wearing, to get ideas for designs and techniques.
In 2014, I took the plunge and transitioned to being a full-time jewelry artist. It's a lot of work, but I truly love making beautiful, high-quality jewelry with my own two hands. I'm thrilled by the connections I'm able to make with customers and retailers from around the world! I can't describe how happy it makes me to know that people are walking around, feeling pretty because they're wearing something that I made just for them.
When I'm not working on the various aspects of my business, I'm pouring my time into learning about and volunteering to support causes I believe in — namely, animal welfare, civic engagement, and healthy living.