From Yves Saint Laurent catwalks to the prizes for the jewelry design: the story of Gurmit Kaur Campbell, Cinderella with success.
From poor child, seventh child of nine in a Sikh family in Punjab, to star model. And then jewelry designers with even greater honors: for example, her ring in 18 carat yellow gold with a cultured pearl of the South Seas and diamonds has won the Diva Gem Award from the American Gem Trade Association.
And to say that Gurmit Kaur Campbell was about to be married, at 19, in an arranged marriage, as is usual in India. So, to escape the fate of tradition ran away in Singapore with $ 15 in her pocket. That was in 1987. Then, with the help of Belgian artist Olivier Marie Strebelle (who married) she arrived in Brussels, where she learned the rudiments of goldsmith. But she’s so beautiful to be recruited as a model in Paris and New York, by Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaia. Let catwalks and the photo shoots, she is again practicing jewelery. It is not a hobby: the pieces of Gurmit are full of inventions and precious stones used in a creative way, to elaborate forms. Waves, circles and curves reveal a sensual style, perhaps influenced by Eastern origins. Gurmit now lives in London, married with Robert Campbell, founder of High50 site. Margherita Donato