One visit to Nimogems, at 34d Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and you see all the beautiful jewellery designs on display on the shelves, you know definitely you're in for an amazing treat.Nimogems is the brain child of Olanike Adesakin-Forsythe, a couture jeweller extraordinaire.Her work is stunning with careful details you'd never imagine.
Nimogems started in 2003 with just the distribution of wholesale bead strands and findings to jewellery designers but Nike who has a huge flare for jewellery designing ventured into creating her own designs with precious stones and beads sourced from all over the world.
We got a chance to talk to Nike to find out more about her design process and inspiration for creating such amazing jewellery! Here we go on a journey into Nikeís background and her inspiration for designing jewellery
MM:Hello Nike and can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Nike:My name is Ms Olanike Adesakin-Forsythe. Iím a mother and used to be in the Marketing sector until a few years ago when I decided to pursue my passion and go into jewellery making.
MM:Why did you decide to go into the Jewellery business
Nike:As mentioned earlier, for me itís a passion that turned into a business opportunity through a lot of encouragements from friends and family.
MM:Sometime ago, I adorned my neck with one of your necklaces to a function and never in my life have I gotten so many questions and compliments about a piece of jewellery.How does it make you feel when people give so many compliments to your work?
Nike: (Smiles and with a cheeky face says)Thanks. My jewellery can have that effect on people.But really on a more serious note,I thank God.It can be a very amazing feeling when people appreciate what you do.It just encourages me to go ahead and do more. But having said that, I can also say people like yourself have been my inspiration.When people appreciate your work, it motivates and inspires you to go further and satisfy your clients.
MM:Where do you source your beads from?
Nike:All over the World
MM:We notice from your designs that you use other findings like Gold, Silver, etc how do you source your findings and are they real or they are gold and silver plated?
Nike: The finishing of any product depends on the budget of the customer but, we advise our customers to allow us give them good value for their money.
MM: What is your design process?
Nike: I get a vision or an idea and I set about making it actual. Rarely do I draw it first, I just visualize it in my head and start to piece it together.
MM: What has been some of your favorite jewellery pieces you've created and why?
Nike: Some of my very favorite jewellery is the work that I have done with (Labradonite and Garnet). I like to exercise the ideal of opposites by incorporating small beads with larger ones and still ensuring that they look proportionate with each other.
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MM:How long does it take to make a typical jewellery designÖThis for example (We point to a beautiful piece that we can see on display in her fully stocked shop)
Nike:Depends on the design
MM:Who are your customers?Is it just the high flying audience or do you make jewellery to suit every pocket and budget
Nike:I cater for everybody from all walks of life.
MM:Do all your clients have to come to your shop or do you provide home visits or should I say private viewings.
Nike:As mentioned earlier, I have a shop on 34d, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Lagos but, in the U.K, customers can view my products by appointment only.Also, I have a website but I try as much as possible to limit the designs I put there because of copyright.
MM: I notice that your designs are trendy, youthful and very unique. They are different from what you will normally find within the Nigerian Jewellery design market. Where do you draw your trendy design inspirations from especially for your earring designs.
Nike: It's my inspiration because i move with time.
MM:We know that several celebrities have worn your designs.Who would be your dream person to see wearing your jewellery?
Nike: I donít want to offend any of my customers as theyíre very valuable to me.Permit me to keep that to myself.
MM: Can you share with us some jewellery making tips?
Nike: I would say that the first thing is to figure out what you want to make in your head, visualize the design and piece by piece try to make out what you have visualized.Sometimes, it turns out as you expect and sometimes, it doesnít. Keep going until you perfect your idea on a jewellery piece. All skills build on what you already have in your skills bank. Build on it, experiment with it, work through every challenge that comes your way, ask for help when you need it, and make whatever you do fun!
MM: We notice you also have bags on display
Nike: Yes, we also stock evening bags and sunglasses
MM: Where do you see NIMOGEMS in the next couple of years?