A jewellery designer par excellence
The hands that turn rough diamonds into jewellery
It was a story of discovering a new field by a talented young
artiste. Ravindra who hails from the Southern province enters into this
exciting field of jewellery designing with a firm determination of
becoming a master jewellery designer.
Knowledge coupled with years of experience in the field, Ravindra
Jayatilake designed most of the jewellery, which were pieces of art
symbolizing artistic ingenuity and mastery of designing aimed at the
According to Ravindra, the ability of drawing along won't make one a
good designer and a master designer should be able to tune himself with
diverse cultures in order to cater to different segments of the
It was his sister-in-law who introduced Ravindra to the field of
jewellery designing. In order to gain an insight into the various
techniques of designing and to gain theoretical know-how, Ravindra
joined the School of Jewellery in Colombo and followed a 2-year diploma
course in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing.
"I learnt Jewellery Designing Manufacturing Gemmology, Metallography
and casting subjects under the supervision of Rex Bilingham and Don
Betan. It's only now that I realize the importance of those projects.
When something went wrong in the production of jewellery items we had
to restart the process from the very beginning, as it afforded the
opportunity to complete the work successfully without any defect. They
didn't show us any leniency during the period of training. Because of
this we took special care in the manufacture of an item." Says Ravindra
about the strenuous and rigorous training that he underwent at the
School of Jewellery in Colombo.
Explaining the international experience that he gained, Ravindra
recalls how he worked at Al Musalli Factory for Gold and jewellery
(Saudi Arabia), large-scale jewellery with over thousand employees.
During the years he spent in Europe, he often flew to Italy and the
UAE to visit international jewellery fairs. It was at the Al Musalli
Factory for Gold and jewellery that Ravindra underwent special training
in market focusing design and manufacturing under Nilam Alawdeen of
Alawdeen Ltd in Japan. (Chairman of the Coloured Stones Committee of the
Japan Jewellery Association). The industrial training gave Ravindra the
chance of visiting major jewellery manufacturing companies owned by
Kazuo Ogawa and Nubuko Ishikawa, Gosho.
Returning to Sri Lanka, he joined Alankara Pvt Ltd, a large jewellery
business establishment. This was a turning point in Ravindra's career as
he is exposed to a wide range of specialized areas in Jewellery design.
Low market- Silver and low cost metal with Semi precious colour
stones, Medium- 9 Karat to 22 Kt gold with semi precious stone and
valuable synthetic stone, High Market- 18 Kt white, pink or yellow gold
or 21 Kt light yellow gold with diamonds and precious stones or valuable
semi precious, synthetic stones, cultured or natural pearls and quality
workmanship. Luxury Market-Platinum, Palladium, Tungsten, white gold
with quality diamonds, precious colour stones, natural pearls and high
polished jewellery are some of the categories that Sri Lankan jewellery
manufactures cater to.
In addition to specializing in diamond designing, Ravindra also
designs coloured diamonds in pink and blue, which is rarely done in Sri