Our Story

Founded by Jean Sommervile, Jiya is an artisan brand of vibrant delicate jewellery which perfectly encapsulates Jean's lifelong passion for beautifully designed, colourful collections.  Jewellery is handcrafted in our Bristol studio and features the best semi-precious gemstones from Jaipur, pearls from Indonesia,  Miyuki beads and gold and silver.  Collections are are unique with colour and design at the very 'heart' of everything we create. 

As a former PR and Marketing manager for a luxury global hotel group.  Jean was fortunate enough to travel the globe, sourcing interesting gemstones, pearls and one-of-a-kind artisan goods in all corners of the world.  A few years ago this inspired her to take a 'leap of faith' with the founding of Jiya, enabling her to create a new artisan brand which reflects the perfect synergy of her design talent, marketing background and entrepreneurial spirit!

Inspiration comes from Jean's many trips to South Africa, many times flying in a low plane over the wildlife of Botswana, journeys through California and South America.  During these travels she made it her mission to discover inspirational local artisans which inspired and fuelled her passion for colourful designs.  The result is Jiya, fast becoming the 'go to' brand for modern bohemians.