Head designer Guy Bedarida first found the inspiration for the Kali, Balinese for river, from the river that edges the John Hardy compound. The riverbed is lined with pebble-like stones are fished from below the water to pave the pathways winding around the property, echoing the stream's trail. Bedarida continues to reinterpret and evolve the collection with influences from nature including Zen gardens, yacht's chains and the flow of water over the rocks.
John Hardy first became known as a designer of silver jewelry, and although he now also designs in gold and with diamonds and other gemstones, he remains a master in the use of sterling silver.
Silver is pure, elemental, expressive of the powers of the Moon. Silver is called a noble metal because of its resistance to the corrosive influence of other chemicals; yet it is among the most malleable of metals.
John came to Bali in 1975 and studied silver-smithing techniques with Balinese craftsmen, some of them descendants of artisans who made jewelry for the royal courts of Bali. Many of the craftsmen employed by John Hardy today are part of that heritage. The culture of the John Hardy design studio is inclusive and diverse, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of Indonesian society. The craftsmen are from Bali, Java, Sumatra, and other Indonesian islands; many of the Balinese are descendants of artisans to the former royal courts of Bali. The international management team members are from Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.