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Sterling silver dinner set: Rs. 1.5 lakh

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, NOV. 4. The lure of pure gold and sterling silver has not waned over the years.

The Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation Limited (MMTC), a public sector enterprise, promises to fulfil every consumer's dream of getting their hands on quality gold and silver.

Timed perfectly with the festival season, MMTC's exhibition of `Sanchi' sterling silverware and gold medallions depicting idols is an exciting opportunity for consumers provided by India's leading bullion trader.

Named `Sanchi', the silverware is hallmarked for its purity of 92.5 per cent. The collection at the week-long exhibition is an interesting mix of ethnic and contemporary designs fabricated by craftsmen from New Delhi.

The fair, which opened Thursday, features silver goblets of different sizes and varieties such as spinned glass and frosted glass priced from Rs.685 onwards, trays, bowls to spoons. There are plates to suit the tastes and tradition of consumers — from silver plates for Bombay Thali, South Indian oval plate to Vizag plates with golden inlay priced at Rs. 9,000.

Special items

Among the enchanting designs, a mango-shaped bowl stole the show with its intricate carvings. It is one of the fastest selling items.

South Indian lamps such as `Kamatchi Vilakku' and Panchalinga Deepam are this year's specialty. Besides a wide range of silver idols of Ganesh and Lakshmi, pooja articles such as Jaipur handcrafted vessels and North Indian Puja Thali are available.

A complete dinner set, weighing 10 kg, also won the attention of many a customer, because it was priced at Rs. 1.5 lakhs.

S. Guruswamy, MMTC's general manager, said the expo was organised to create a market for quality goods in competitive prices. Articles worth Rs. 1 crore are on display. The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 6, Chennai House, Esplanade, till November 10.

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