Our Team

The women of Ella Stein are as real as the diamonds they sell. Get to know our team members below!

Charushila Narkhede

Product Development Assistant, India

Always ready with a huge smile, this cheerful hardworker loves to use her creativity and imagination to weave poems and stories in her quiet time. Cooking for her family, spending time with her son, and listening to music or motivational speakers occupies her downtime. Her sights are set on traveling to an international jewelry show one day and her love of languages has her planning to learn a few more over her lifetime. 

After beginning in product model photography, Charu now helps to lead the product development team at the Ella Stein Jewelry manufacturing facility in India. She was drawn to Ella Stein because of the close-knit collaboration between everyone on the team that brings the beautiful pieces to fruition. 

Personal Motto: I want to create myself in such a way that whatever I deliver is more than expected. 

Fav ES Pieces? It's hard to choose but some of them are the Oh, That Summer Night Sky! Bracelet, Leaf It All Behind Hoop Earrings, Meet Me At The Palms Large Hoop Earrings and the Seek Adventure Necklace

Sandhya Karve

Accountant, India

With a green thumb that has her dreaming of one day owning a home with a huge garden where she can peacefully farm her days away, Sandhya cherishes reading the newspaper cover-to-cover every chance she gets. Always maneuvering through hectic weekdays, when she gets some down time on the weekends you'll find her tending to her flowerpots, going for a walk in a nature park, or munching on some rusk toast. One day, she plans to travel the entire country of India. 

Before coming to work with the team at Ella Stein, Sandhya was an Audit Assistant for a Chartered Accountant. From there, she spent time as an Accountant for a software company. She is immensely proud to put her love of numbers and attention to detail to work in a company that empowers other women in India through job creation. 

Personal Motto: "Happiness is talking to plants." :) Also, "Do not lie."

Fav ES Pieces? Sandhya feels it's impossible to choose because they are all designed so beautifully!

Jagruti Prabhawalkar

HR Director, India

Beginning her day with yoga and lemon juice, and ending it by spending time with her sweet 3-year-old son, this easy-going lover of poetry has adventure plans that include cruising on the largest ship she can find, visiting Kashmir, and seeing the world from above as she skydives down to the ground. Most weekends though, you'll find her tidying up her house, cooking meals, and spending time with her family. 

Jagruti worked with a life insurance agent before joining the team at Ella Stein. She made the transition to ES because she appreciates the advancement opportunities for women, the hardworking team members, and the leadership expertise of the founder. She relishes that she can put her current skills to work while learning and developing new ones. 

Personal Motto: "Live and let live." 

Fav ES Pieces? Jagruti loves to wear the Seek Adventure Necklace, the Queen Of All Things Necklace, and the I Love You More Necklace solo or stacked with each other, and is a fan of the Flair And Square Climber Earrings and the Rumba With Me Ring.  

Independent Women Artisans

DIAMOND POLISHERS & CUTTERS, INDIA

There is a large community of self-employed women in Gujarat, India who hand cut and polish the diamonds Ella Stein buys for the jewelry.

In the small towns of Gujarat, women don't often have the opportunity to earn money of their own. They typically raise the children, maintain the house, and prepare the meals while their husbands toil in the fields.

The women take turns gathering in each other's homes with their children by their sides to share in the responsibility of child care and work.

By polishing and cutting the diamonds, these women make more money than their husbands, helping to lift their families out of poverty, giving them all a better life.

Employed Women Artisans

JEWELRY CRAFTERS, INDIA

Three hundred talented female artisans are employed at Ella Stein's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mumbai, India to handcraft each piece of jewelry we sell.

They often travel many hours to work each day in order to receive fair wages; retirement benefits, six months of maternity leave, and medical insurance for their entire family, including parents and in-laws. 

Their day begins with a 10-minute group meditation, in the afternoon they practice yoga for 30-minutes with the in-house yoga instructor, and in the evening they are driven back to their trains on company-provided buses. Each member of the team also has access to a confidential in-house therapist. 

As our company grows, so will the amount of women we employ.

Adi Choksi

FOUNDER, India

Filled with wanderlust, Adi loves to travel as often as possible and has his sights set on a mountain bike trip to Nepal and a volunteering mission to rescue big cats in Africa. Beginning his day with a workout followed by a quiet mediation and a compelling podcast helps set the right intention for the day. Most evenings and weekends though are reserved for his family, friends, delicious food, and good music.

Adi grew up in his family’s diamond business in a part of India where business is traditionally handed down to male members of the family. When he started manufacturing jewelry himself, he was bothered by the fact that most retailers grossly marked up each piece. After Adi and his wife welcomed twins - and one of them was a girl - he started profoundly thinking about India's cultural norms. Surrounded by strong women his entire life who he admired deeply, he decided to create a brand that would empower his daughter Ella and uplift local women. It was important to him that the business be eco-conscious and that the jewelry's price point be honest. Adi has a goal to expand Ella Stein's impact in the local community even further by supporting women in the local colleges and schools, and continuing to grow the business to employ as many women as possible. 

Personal Motto: Be unique, do not compete.