Q & A with Jag Klair: A Woman with a Passion For ‘What’s Precious in the World’

Through the founding of Chakraas Jewels, Jag Klair has discovered a way to fuse her life’s passions into a one-of-a-kind ecommerce business: With her love of the earth’s precious stones and her appreciation for global artisans, Jag is dedicated to seeking out not only precious gems and jewelry for her clients, but precious causes to benefit women and children around the globe.

Jag Klair, Founder of Chakraas Jewels

Jag Klair, Founder of Chakraas Jewels

Jag holds a degree in economics and works as a manager and ombudsman in the public sector; however, her true calling is all about fusing her two loves: jewelry (specifically precious and semi-precious gemstones and crystals) and pro-active philanthropy. Jag has designed a jewelry business that directly contributes to bettering the life conditions of women and children throughout North America, North Africa and Asia.

 

Where did the name Chakraas Jewels come from?

“Chakraas refers to the seven energy centers in the body. When all seven centers are in alignment, you are in balance. Chakraas is the balance between material gains and philanthropy. For Chakraas Jewels, each material success–the sale of a piece of jewelry–also makes a contribution towards a cause benefiting women and children in the world.”

 

For Chakraas Jewels, each material success–the sale of a piece of jewelry–also makes a contribution towards a cause benefiting women and children in the world.

What causes are benefiting from Chakraas’ jewelry?

“Proceeds from each sale go towards a charity that supports health and well being in children and women through education, skills training, and the provision of food and medicine. We helped furnish a south Indian orphanage with cots and other furniture. Right now I’m trying to make contact with a Darjeeling woman in need of assistance raising 5 boys, but so far I’ve had no luck getting a hold of her. …We’ve also supported larger charities, like the Half the Sky Movement, Kiva, and FEED, and we’ve contributed to local causes here in Vancouver, like the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Through Chakraas we’ve made a commitment to provide a means for this help to reach as many people as is possible. It started with the founding of the company and will grow and develop as Chakraas does.”

 

Tell us about one of your most rewarding experiences.

“We helped a lady born to a poor family in a Punjab village, who did not have the use of her legs.  She had been handicapped for either her whole life or most of her life.  She had never left the house.  We helped in buying a wheelchair and getting her home chair outfitted with straps and wheels so she could move about freely.  Her story is so inspirational because after she received the wheelchair, she has gained so much independence.  She has visited many temples and other landmarks that she had only heard about before… shows you how giving just a little really can change a person’s life.”

 

So when did you know you wanted to start a jewelry business?

Even as a young girl, I always wanted to start my own company. I used to dream about opening a proper tea shop, but at the time I didn’t think anyone would pay for proper tea in Vancouver – obviously I was wrong! As I got older, jewellery became another huge passion of mine, and it ties in nicely with my love of travel.”

 

Jag Klair handpicks each piece she includes in the Chakraas Jewels collection.

“Chakraas jewels are truly bespoke.”

Do you travel to find your collection each year?

“I travel all over the world meeting with local artists and jewellery makers. I love meeting artists who create with passion. That passion shines through in the items they create and I sincerely enjoy supporting local artists. …This also means we rarely carry more than one or two pieces of any item. Chakraas jewels are truly bespoke.”

 

What inspires you when you design or seek out pieces for your jewelry collection?

“I love stones! Many times I will see a magnificent stone and then work with the artist to create a piece of jewellery that will highlight that stone. On a recent trip to Istanbul–a city I just love to visit–I saw these beautiful rose quartz stones. They were perfectly faceted in a teardrop shape…large and magnificent! And the colour was this deep, rich pink. I worked with the artist and together we designed a beautiful set. Still one of my favourite designs.”

 

Describe your typical Chakraas client…what are they looking for?

“My jewellery is not costume jewellery. Many pieces I note as heirloom quality, so my target is the woman who won’t compromise on quality. She knows she is worth more than coloured plastics and questionable metals. I tag some of my Instagram pieces with ‘wear the real thing.”

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“… the woman who won’t compromise on quality. She knows she is worth more than coloured plastics and questionable metals.”

Do you always design or handpick each piece in person?

“Yes, it’s what I’ve come to be known for with my clients. I am meticulous about details and the cut of the stones. I have a good knowledge of stones and I keep abreast of trends. From the quality craftsmanship to the cut and clarity of the stones, nothing is overlooked.”

 

Is it hard to translate the fine detail and quality to the online market now that you’re showcasing these handpicked pieces on the Internet?

“I wanted my shop to reflect Chakraas’ philosophy and showcase the way in which each one of our jewels is handpicked with careful attention to detail. I display each piece in a unique way, and I have a mix of trendy, lower priced items as well as the more classic, ornate pieces.”

 

What’s your ultimate mission with this jewelry?

“My desire is to provide that finishing touch that takes a woman from merely well-dressed to something truly spectacular. I also wanted to give back, so that’s why my company mandate is that a portion of every sale goes to women and children in need.”

 

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“I also wanted to give back, so that’s why my company mandate is that a portion of every sale goes to women and children in need.”

What are your future goals for Chakraas’ charitable aims?

“I want to continue to expand, working on bigger projects, but I also want to able to see all Chakraas’ contributions going directly to the people who need them – so that causes and lives are instantly and directly benefited from what we have to give.”

Blessed.

the-power-of-words

As I become more and more experienced in life, I realize just how powerful words can be. Whether as a weapon to bring down an adversary, or as an ointment to heal the wounded, our words have the power to create change. I was recently reminded of this by a young woman who I will probably never see again but will always remember.

I was brought up to believe that in helping others we actually help ourselves and to this end, on the third Sunday of every month, my cousins and I with families in tow, get together in the Downtown Eastside and hand out homemade brown bag lunches. It may not be much, and invariably the food is gone in minutes, but it serves to open the eyes of the younger members of the group whilst providing some respite, however brief, from the harsh realities of life on the streets for people who in the end are just like us.

Handing out lunches during a recent trip, and a little distracted by the youngest and more rambunctious members of my tribe, I turned to hand a young woman – perhaps in her early twenties – a lunch, and in doing so I looked up and said, “God bless you.” In that moment everything seemed to stop as the she locked her eyes with mine. The smallest of tears welled up and rather hesitantly she said “Me?” She was incredulous, somewhere in life she had stopped believing that she was worthy of such sentiments.

I will never forget that moment for as long as I live. It reminded me how powerful words can be. When I responded to this young woman with a smile and “yes, God bless you” her weary face broke into a beautiful smile and her piercing green eyes sparkled. In that moment I knew this discarded soul felt she mattered. She replied with a very sincere “Thank you” and she was gone.

How could a few simple words be so powerful?

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