JCK Asks…Tresor Collection Designer and Founder Puja Bordia



Puja BordiaThe Trésor Collection founder’s favorite gems? “Rainbow moonstone, emeralds, multicolor tourmaline. Oh, I just love colors.”

In June 2010, when Trésor was just 1 year old, JCK put one of the brand’s rings on the cover and named Puja Bordia one of seven designers to watch. We don’t usually say “we told you so,” but in this case, well, we did! More than a decade on, Bordia and Trésor have stayed true to the color, color, and more color aesthetic, regularly turning out staples such as stacking rings and station necklaces along with ultraglam statement pieces. As for the colors people currently can’t get enough of, Bordia confirms our suspicions: “Blues and greens.”

Puja Bordia with familyAge: 41. It’s just a number.

Number of years in the biz: 12

Number of employees you oversee: Four.

Family and pets: My hubby and 14-year-old son [pictured].

Describe your personal style: Classy, modern, and chic.

First piece you ever designed: Multicolor tourmaline, mandarin garnet, tsavorite garnet, and diamond bracelet. It was drop-dead gorgeous.

Tresor dazzle bracelet with multicolored gemstones
Dazzle bracelet with 68.67 cts. t.w. multicolored stones and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k gold

Single piece you’re most proud of: Stunningly gorgeous emerald and diamond necklace.

Best piece of advice you ever received: “Believe you can do it and work for it with all your heart, and the universe will make it happen for you.”

Worst piece of advice: “You can’t do it.”

First job ever: CAD designer.

How did you get started designing jewelry? It’s in my veins. It’s my heritage—I am the 19th-generation jeweler in my family.

Tresor desir earrings with green tourmaline
Désir earrings with 5.7 cts. t.w. green tourmaline and 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k gold

If you weren’t designing jewelry, what would you be doing? Interior designer.

Jewelry you’re wearing right now: My diamond tennis necklace, diamond by the yard with stunning trillion emerald pendant, and my favorite rainbow moonstone station necklace, bracelet, emerald studs, and our colorful stacking rings.

Five items on your desk right now: My gratitude journal, my daily notebook, orders to ship out, loupe, and hand sanitizer.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber

Five songs on your playlist: “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran; “Say So,” Doja Cat; “Talk,” Khalid; “Peaches,” Justin Bieber; “Love You Zindagi,” Jasleen Royal.

Exercise regimen: Every morning: Five minutes stretching, 10 minutes core workout, 12 sun salutations, five-minute breathing exercise, and 10 minutes meditation. This 40- to 45-minute exercise regimen gives me immense energy to conquer the day.

What did you have for breakfast? Yogurt with granola and loads of berries, fruits, and nuts.

yogurt granola berriesGuilty pleasure: Chocolates.

First website you check every day (not your own!): Instagram and Apple News.

Scent: Intuition by Estée Lauder.

How do you unwind? Singing. I love to sing, so I would go on [the karaoke app] Smule. Also spending quality time with my son. And sometimes a power nap!

The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness

Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness.

Who would play you in your life story? Jennifer Lawrence.

Personal motto: “Believe in your dreams and work toward it with full intention and 100% of your heart and hard work, and you will be unstoppable. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says—I M POSSIBLE.”

Top: Désir earrings with 26.35 cts. t.w. paraiba tourmaline in 18k yellow gold

(The Pursuit of Happyness: Columbia Pictures/­Everett; Bieber: Jeff Kravitz/Getty; food: Iryna Melnyk/Moment/Getty)

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