Ms.Guha doesn't wear jewellery. Her father insists she must. She's long settled in Delhi while he's in Calcutta. From time to time, Ms.Guha's father visits us and makes bespoke guinea-gold jeweller...
Ms.Guha doesn't wear jewellery. Her father insists she must. She's long settled in Delhi while he's in Calcutta. From time to time, Ms.Guha's father visits us and makes bespoke guinea-gold jewellery for his daughter to surprise her on special occasions. She's usually shocked more than surprised –– but pleasantly so, and in spite of her gently forbidding her father to get her fine gold jewellery, she is mostly moved beyond words when the goyna is delivered to her.
This was not the charm bracelet Ms.Guha's father ordered. He'd selected a design from a foreign catalogue and that's the one that was never made. We'd changed the specifications mid-way as the design team felt the need for originality and also, having prior knowledge of Ms.Guha's preferences, we knew a bit about how to go about things, especially concerning jewellery that was to be worn almost always.
A handmade x-phul chain sees different, joyous katai and single ball-drops tied to it in exactly the same way that you'd see on any charm bracelet except that no more than two pairs of each may be found. Of special interest is the hollow heart, the hand-struck flower, the central leaf motif, and the solid heart. There's nothing more to gauge or interpret from the jewel, it's that simple and uncluttered. There's no big baggage of memories here save the fact that it's a father's gift to his reluctant daughter which, of course, she generously accepts.
Ms.Guha's father was aghast to know the catalogue design had been changed to this and he expressed his concern. Not happy at all about the bracelet, he took delivery but with reservations. Later in the week we received a call from Ms.Guha who thanked us profusely for the ornament saying it suited her nicely and that she loved it.
That's what we do: make special that which is not by interpreting and reinterpreting ornaments for you that we see on you in a way only we know how, even if that means we have to go against the grain to do it. As such, the bracelet's turned out to be exactly what it should be ----- a joyous jewel, handmade in guinea gold to keep on you all the time. We can only hope the charming Ms. Guha will.