We celebrate the diversity of the world through cultural fusions that are a reminisce of our roots, that share our knowledge and blend ethnicity with the modern and the contemporary, providing new value and meaning to today’s world crafts. Each collection stems from a thorough investigation that tells a story about a mixture of origins that is then translated into everyday statement pieces.
All our jewelry is made from sterling silver and sterling silver with 24K gold vermeil. We do not use traditionally mined silver, instead we use recycled and refined silver from x-rays.
Aysha Bilgrami is a Fashion Designer from the Istituto Marangoni of Milan. After working for six years in different areas of the insdustry, she found in jewelry the possibility of mirroring her ideas and identity, expressing her essence in each design.
Born to a Colombian mother and a Pakistani father, she calls herself Pakilombian. Her origins have made her a blend and a union of two cultures with unimaginable wealth and rich in diversity.
Aysha Bilgrami launched her first collection in Bogotá in 2014 in 8424 Estudio, a commercial space of emerging designers where she exhibited and sold her jewelry for two years. Today, Aysha Bilgrami has her own Studio/Shop at the heart of the commercial center of Bogota, where clients, in addition to buying her unique jewelry, can also learn about her source of inspiration and the stories behind each collection.
Aysha Bilgrami is a jewelry brand made by hand by a select group of people in Bogotá. Each person in the link is vital in this chain of creation and conceptualization of our collections; some have been with the brand from its beginnings and others have joined in as the brand grows.
The first one to join the team was Luis Alfonso Tinjaca, who five years ago received Aysha in his jewelry workshop with two camel stirrups that she stubbornly insisted on transforming into necklaces. He is the artisan who interprets Aysha’s stories and designs in silver. Gina Barbosa, Jheimmy Montañez and family, joined in, replicating each small piece that makes up a jewel, through the lost wax casting technique. Mr. Luis Urrego and sons and Raúl Lozano are in charge of the final touches, either giving them a gold plate or a matte finish.
Since the beginning, we have worked closely with Daniella Benedetti, as photographer and with Jaime Eduardo Zawadzki as a strategic advisor, Johan Beltrán behind product photography and recently with Felipe Lopez as a digital consultant. Gloria Gaitán, Aysha’s mother, is part of the administrative team with Do2, who operate from the city of Medellín. Last but not least, Hector Tobón, the most recent member and addition to the team, as our Sales Manager is in charge of customer relations and ensuring their satisfaction.
In 2018, we found that X-rays just as other waste from medical and electronics industries contained silver halide. The silver in X-rays is extracted by chemical and enzymatic processes which separate it from the plastic surface, then it is refined to obtain pure silver, the same type of silver obtained in traditional mining. The chemicals used in this recycling process as well as in the creation of the jewelry, are never disposed of into the sewage system, they are always reused and refilled.
All our jewelry is now made with recycled silver, helping reduce our environmental impact. We alloy the pure silver to 950 and 925 sterling silver depending what we need to elaborate the piece.