How to Wear it: Spring

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Need some outfit inspiration this spring? We put together this mood board, featuring pieces from our Spring Collection. Our Spring styles are so simple and elegant, that they are perfect to pair with bolder clothing choices, like printed pants and a bold clutch. Plus, a textured jacket layered over a peplum top is great for transitioning from winter to warmer weather.

Click the photo to see where to buy all of the pieces we included in the look, and to make some mood boards of your own on Polyvore!

What do you think of this look?

India 2013

Each March, the office gets just a little bit jealous when Satya makes her annual trip to India. While there, she visits some of our factories and stone suppliers, refreshes and recharges at her favorite ashram, and, perhaps the highlight of the trip, is able to visit some of the organizations that The Satya Foundation supports. We went through (literally) hundreds of photos so give you an inside look at this year’s trip, which took Satya and Rohini all the way from Rishikesh to Jaipur to Vrindavan.

This sculpture was spotted in the Delhi airport – after such a long flight, a few sun salutations were definitely in order!

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Throughout the trip, Satya and Rohini made some, shall we say, furry friends.

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In Rishikesh, Satya and Rohini visited Ramana’s Garden, an orphanage that is very close to our hearts. In addition to providing over 60 children with food, shelter, and an education, Ramana’s Garden also instills a sense of self-sufficiency and achievement in the children who live there. They are taught to garden, and sell their product at local markets.

The actual garden at Ramana's Garden. How fresh and delicious does all of that produce look?

The actual garden at Ramana’s Garden. How fresh and delicious does all of that produce look?

They are also taught how to make jewelry. Each piece they create is tagged with the name of the child who made it, and sold in town. The money from each piece goes to a bank account that helps fund the children’s education. It is always such an inspiration to visit Ramana’s Garden and be inspired by how much good one person can do. We love sharing these photos with you, so you can see your purchases in action, making a difference!

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The children are choosing from the beads that Satya brought them for their jewelry-making.

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Prabha, who founded Ramana’s Garden almost 20 years ago, sorts through the beads with the children.

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Satya and Gurmukh with the children of Ramana’s Garden

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Showing the children the Arm Yourself bracelet that we designed to directly benefit their home. They were so excited!

 

This year, a new city was added to the itinerary – Vrindavan, one of the holiest cities in all of India. Lord Krishna is said to have grown up here, and there are temples and shrines throughout the city in his honor.

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The Prem Mandir Temple in Vrindavan. At right, a woman preparing flowers for garlands to decorate the deities inside.

At Radha Damodar Mandir in Vrindavan

At Radha Damodar Mandir in Vrindavan

Satya has infused so much inspiration and excitement throughout the office upon her return. We know we’ll be using these photos for endless doses of inspiration!

Have you ever been to India, or is it on your list of “places to see?”

Neighborhood Guide: Covent Garden

Did you know that we have a boutique in Covent Garden, London? We opened our boutique across the pond in 2009, and our store manager Nav, has been with us ever since. She helped us put together a list of must-see sights in the bustling neighborhood around the boutique. We’ve put all of our favorite spots on a handy Google Map for you, which you can access here.

 

Best Sweet Spot

Laduree, 1 Claire Market

Photo courtesy of Laduree

Photo courtesy of Laduree

We swear our London staff visits Laduree at least once a week to satisfy their sugar cravings. Even better than the decadent macarons? People-watching from the roof terrace!

Best Way to be Active

Barclay’s Cycle Hire (multiple locations)

You can rent a bicycle at one of the five docking stations in Covent Garden, and set out to see the city from a whole new perspective. You can drop the hired bicycles off at any location throughout the city, allowing you to cover a lot of ground!

Best Cultural Pursuit

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place

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There are so many ways to inject a little culture into your day in and around Covent Garden, but our two favorite spots are the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery (not to be confused)! The National Portrait Gallery is open late every Thursday and Friday, making it a great after-work spot. They even serve drinks!

Best Cheap Date

Covent Garden Piazza

On a nice night, grab a dish at any of the dozens of restaurants in the market square, then sit at a local pub and enjoy whatever free entertainment is happening in the Piazza. We love when the orchestra performs!

Camden Town

Photo courtesy My London Markets Online

Photo courtesy My London Markets Online

Located just a few tube stops away from Covent Garden, Camden Town could keep us busy for days. There is always free entertainment, plus lots of markets selling antiques and unique clothing.

Best Beauty Spot
Thai Square Spa, 25 Shelton Street

Photo Courtesy Thai Square Spa

Photo Courtesy Thai Square Spa

Not only does our London-based team love the treatments here, but our New York-based team does, too, making it a point to visit whenever they’re in town. One of their favorite treatments is the Traditional Thai Massage – not at all like the Swedish massages most of us are used to, this one is as if the therapist is putting your body into yoga poses and stretching you out. It might sound a little strange, but nothing leaves us feeling more open and refreshed.

Best Of-the-Moment Boutique

Opening Ceremony, 35 King Street

Photo courtesy of highsnobiety.com

Photo courtesy of highsnobiety.com

Opening Ceremony (their original outpost is in NYC) is a go-to boutique for avant-garde fashion inspiration. They stock designers like Kenzo, Christopher Kane, and even their own namesake label, and always have a super-cool selection of toys and art books that we love to browse.

 

Best Spiritual Sanctuary

Tri Yoga, WallaceSpace, 2 Dryden Street

Alchemy the Centre, Unit 101, Horse Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road

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There are so many amazing yoga studios to visit here in London. We always make it a point to visit Tri Yoga when Satya’s friend Gurmukh guest-teaches here. Her kundalini classes leave us feeling relaxed and revitalized. Alchemy the Centre is our go-to studio for yoga and meditation, but we love when Snatam Kaur performs kirtan here.

 

What are your favorite Covent Garden spots? Have you been to any of the places we listed here?

Neighborhood Guide: Upper East Side

If you’ve been to New York, you’ve surely noticed that each neighborhood is like a city within itself. The vibe on the Bowery is completely distinct from that on West End Avenue, and the number of children on sidewalks decreases exponentially as you head below Delancey Street. Most importantly, however, you might have noticed that there are four Satya Jewelry boutiques in Manhattan, spanning from the West Village to the Upper East Side.
We’ve asked our sales associates and store managers in each Satya boutique location to share their neighborhood secrets. Who has the best latte in town? Where to go if you’re in desperate need of a moment of zen? Each week we’ll be sharing a neighborhood guide with you. We hope you’ll use them the next time you visit us!

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Lexington Avenue Boutique, Upper East Side

Best Cup of Coffee

World Cup Cafe, 956 Lexington Ave (between 69th St & 70th St)

This tiny cafe serves the “best chai latte in the world,” according to our staff. The slightly cramped quarters are worth it for the steamy drink. We recently asked the barista what his secret was for making such an amazing latte, but his lips were sealed. He sure knows how to keep a secret!

Photo courtesy of Madhav T. on Yelp.com

Photo courtesy of Madhav T. on Yelp.com

Best Inexpensive Lunch (or Breakfast)

Corrado Bread and Pastry, 900 Lexington Avenue (between 70th St and 71st St)

Photo via Fritz P. at Yelp.com

Photo via Fritz P. at Yelp.com

With a huge selection of small sandwiches under $5, we love stopping at Corrado when we’re in need of a quick, inexpensive, but satisfying bite. Our favorite sandwich is the Greek feta, which includes feta cheese, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes and Kalamata olives on a crusty baguette. Another up-side to Corrado? The extensive pastry selection, particularly theΒ  muffins, which we like to enjoy at their outdoor tables during the warmer months.

Best for a Special Occasion

Alice’s Tea Cup, 156 East 64th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)

Photo via Stephanie T at yelp.com

Photo via Stephanie T at yelp.com

Who can resist an Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant, especially when there are menu options like bread pudding-style French toast and pumpkin pancakes. Not in the mood for breakfast fare? Our staff loves the fries at Alice’s, too! It’s a great place to feel like a kid again or to have a ladies’ day out with mom. They even have an afternoon tea service! e 3. Last but not least: Alice’s Tea Cup. Best of the best scones and teas. Surprisingly, they have awesome fries, too!

Best Place to Unwind

Central Park, 59th to 100th Streets, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue

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Just a five minute walk from bustling Lexington Avenue lies Central Park, a true oasis in the city. We love finding a perfectly shady tree under which to sit and read, listen to music, or people watch. You never know what sights or sounds you’ll take in (though, often, it involves squirrels dueling over nuts).

Best Place to Shop

Madison Avenue

Photo by Amanda Hall via allposters.com

Photo by Amanda Hall via allposters.com

The Upper East Side is a great place to visit on payday, with the city’s chicest boutiques lining Madison Avenue, just two blocks from our store. Our favorite spots to (window) shop are Proenza Schouler for eye-catching prints, Jil Sander for minimalism at its best, and Tom Ford for the ultimate in glam.

Do you have any favorite Upper East Side haunts? Share them with us in the comments!

From Concept to Creation: Spring 2013

Each piece of Satya Jewelry begins in the minds of our design team. At first, they may see only a silhouette or the color of a gem. From there, they fine-tune the details, creating a collection that is well-edited, balanced, and most importantly, beautiful.

Here, we’re giving you a glimpse into the sketchbook of one of our designers, Rohini. We love seeing how her drawings come to life when they are cast in gold and silver.

Click each image to see the finished styles on our website, or shop the whole collection here: http://bit.ly/YIJOPK

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A foray into teardrop-shaped bangles.

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The Anew Cuff is available in both gold and silver. We took the silhouette of the blossoming Egyptian lotus in the center and translated it into earrings and a necklace, too!

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By isolating the teardrop-shaped lotus petal, we created styles that subtly spoke to the beauty of the lotus.

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Rings meant for layering in citrine and blue topaz.