The jewels of the London house Ortaea, inspired by the bark of birches painted by a descendant of the Tsars ♦ ︎
Mita Vohra has worked for 14 years in the jewelry industry, but she is also the director of Sarova Hotels Kenya (the hotel chain of the family of Indian origin) and sits on the boards of various real estate development companies, as well as a Sandy Vohra trustee Foundation. But above all, in 2016 he founded in London Ortaea Fine Jewelery, Maison of jewelry that uses the Latin word ortus, which has the meaning of origin, together with Gea, primordial goddess of the Earth in ancient Greece. From India to Kenya to London, with references to Latin and mythology. But there is not only this cultural melting pot, because Mita also involved his royal height Rostislav Romanoff, descendant of the Russian royal family. Rosti, as it is called familiarly, besides being of noble origins is also an artist. A painter, to be precise.
And Mita Vohra was inspired by Rosti’s works for the Imperium Collection.
The designer defines the artist as “open and expressive, a wonderful narrator, faithful to his convictions”. Rostislav Romanoff is a painter specializing in landscapes, especially with birches, trees that are very common in Russia. An idea strengthened during a trip to the country of origin of the family to remember the anniversary of the death of Nicholas II, accomplished through the Trans-Siberian.
Ortaea has interpreted the works in the texturing of the jewels. The pieces are made from a wax mold, while the surface and the shape of the jewels are made and finished by hand by craftsmen. In particular, the bark of the birch is reproduced in black, pink or white gold with its veins and curls, which make the jewels like small sculptures. Earrings, rings and a bracelet use 18-karat gold in two variants of rose gold with white and champagne diamonds and with black gold, white diamonds and rubies. The highlight is a multi-functional bracelet in black, pink and white gold combined with ruby and white and colored diamonds.
Jewellery is a boundless form of expression, a means to explore ideas that trigger thought and capture the imagination. A passion for nature evoked by my childhood in Africa, my fascination for history, mythology and astronomy and my curiosity about the expansive mystery of the Cosmos inspire me to seek knowledge and create for Ortaea. Ethical Sourcing of gems and Social Responsibility are a core part of our ethos.