Magic on precious stones
SHEER WIZARDRY: An array of Mughal jewellery . PHOTO: R. Ragu
If jewellery today absorbs new trends and reinvents itself to suit changing times, it also searches its roots for inspiration and lost techniques, investing the evolving `new' forms with a sense of timeless romance.
Combining classicism with contemporary minimalism and achieving a delicate sense of aesthetic balance is Jugal Kishore's line of `art jewellery' items featuring precious stone inlay work on precious and semi-precious stones.
The large-sized, unevenly shaped pendants of emerald, jade, ruby, sapphire, crystal and so on, inlaid with delicate motifs in diamonds and rubies, combine the Persian craft of precious stone with British workmanship of engraving and drilling holes on emeralds and filling them with gold and precious stones. Imagine a rock-sized emerald set with inlaid roses picked out in rose-cut diamonds or an enormous crystal inlaid with Burmese rubies shaped like Mughal `amris.' The duo designers Ashok and Vijay have experimented with precious stones. With matching ear-rings, the `art jewellery' pieces definitely set an exciting new trend in design. An exclusive collection of antique jewellery includes an emerald and diamond Persian style `Bajuband,' Nizam jewellery and a pair of exquisitely crafted jhumkas hung with wax pearls.
Send this article to Friends by
Chennai and Tamil Nadu