Bali, the idyllic island that conjures images of paradise has served a dual purpose for John and Cynthia Hardy. Not only has it been the continuing source of their inspiration but it has also served as their permanent home and headquarters. Each came to Bali independent of one another but its exoticism, local customs and traditions captivated both of them. By 1989, they began working together and in 1993, they were married, living in a small house without electricity, running water or phone.
The Hardys have been able to harness the talent of local craftsmen; renowned for their traditional workmanship and blend it with contemporary design. Their commitment to the Balinese people is evident everywhere. No concrete has been used in any of the buildings, holding to the belief that if the people wanted to convert it back to rice fields, they could do so in a matter of days. They make great efforts to be respectable of the people, their customs and traditions, seeing themselves as integral component of the land and culture.
"Cinta", which means love in Balinese, was precisely that emotion that inspired their new collection of precious and semi-precious stone jewelry. For years, the couple collected unusual and rare gemstones for their own personal pleasure and after John gave Cynthia a spectacular ring on Valentine's Day 2002, they decided that each stone should have it's own 'home' and "Cinta" was born.