Jewellery from across the country is on display at Jewels 2005
SMITTEN BY GOLD: A girl tries out a diamond necklace. Pics: S. Siva Saravanan.
THE BALLROOM of The Residency is aglow with the glitter of precious metals and stones. The venue of Jewels 2005, it has been decked accordingly. The 15-odd stalls showcase everything from one-gram jewellery to pearls to white gold to rhodium-plated yellow gold to exquisite diamond and semi-precious jewellery. And, the latest rage - coloured diamonds.
Rhodium plating seems to have caught the fancy of the younger set of people, for it allows them the convenience of wearing white, the in-colour now, without compromising on the base metal - gold. "This moves really fast. People love buying it as they know it is finally yellow gold inside. It makes sense as when the plating wears off, all that it needs is another coating," says Suresh Jhunjhunwala of Neha Creations, Mumbai.
The famed thewa jewellery of Rajasthan is vowing visitors for the third year in a row. At Jusra International, choose from hand-made thewa jewels, created by fusing a design made of 23 carat gold and coloured glass in a tradition that is 350 years old, and colourful minakari jewellery.
Karpagam Aabarna Maligai has come out with its designer collection in textured gold. The rose necklace, which is priced upwards of Rs. One lakh, looks elegant. Made by stringing together gold cups on which enamel has been poured, it resembles a miniature rose garland.
Traditional Thewa jewellery from Rajasthan
One-gram gold entices in all its shine and affordability at San Gold, which specialises in this genre of jewellery. They stock everything that "a woman will possibly want."
Pink and orange corals, pearls and semi-precious stones are on display at two stalls from Hyderabad and Bangalore. At Singapore Gems, choose from emeralds and yellow sapphire, their specialities. The gems have been cut in Thailand.
Jaipur jewels stocks antique jewellery (they even have a 100-year-old piece) and jadhav jewellery (studded with uncut diamonds.)
At Antara, hand-made diamond jewellery rules. The speciality at Kolkata-based Arham is double and triple jhumka decorated with precious stones like emerald and rubies. Yoube, from Mumbai, stocks men's jewellery tool. Samples include watches studded with rows of diamonds. Completing the experience are books on jewellery origin and designing.
The show, organised by Zak Trade Fairs and Exhibitions, concludes today.
SUBHA J RAO
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