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La Carnation Girandole

Decidedly Belle-Epoque of character, this petite girandole earring combines graceful metal-work with gemstones to effect a light and airy jewel that stands out more for what it eschews (decorative inf...
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Briar Rose's Pasha

To create these fairy-tale plaques for the ears, a partial revisit of the legend of Briar Rose's Collar (from October, 2022) is necessary, not only because they're matched earrings to the necklace but...
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Kokilkunja Jhapta-Dul

Going back exactly a month to when we showcased for you the Kokilkunja Sita-har, we'll reiterate the primary design element which defined that jewel:

"In the centre is the magic grove of these bi...

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Hillol-Kajjol Half-Kaan

It can't get simpler than this: an arc of katai kajollatas with double-topa finials curves around a polished wire and is abutted by scrolling filigree waves that appear random but are duly calibrated....
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Dohali Jhumka-Pasha

The last jewel of this Bengali year with which we leave you is a re-worked pair of jhumka-pashas that has for its discal earrings a floriated pierced-naksha variation of Anganpriya (of August, 2022 vi...
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Latifa-Hydrangea Pasha

This is a matched pasha to the now legendary Latifa-Hydrangea Hansuli of May, 2022. And that jewel has inspired several adaptations, one among them being the Manjima Kanbala made a year later and the...
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Soukhin Lace Earrings

It's the end of a particularly turbulent financial year, at least as far as gold is concerned. Gold opened at Rs.5500/= a gram last (calendar) year and this (financial) year it's closing at nearly 680...
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Je-Ke-Sei Kanbala

This is not naksha. And if you were to play 'Spot the Difference' you'd note immediately, with due enlargement of the picture, how low the relief of the floriated scroll-work is and how blunt the outl...
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Mayur-Marichika Kan-Jhumka

It’s all an illusion
but pleasing white it lasts.
And so this proud pair of peacocks
imagines their splendid tails to
have grown each into a wishing tree
with newly sprun...
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Natun-Bazaar Kanpasha

Just about a week ago we gave you the Natun-Bazaar Necklace of which this is the matching pair of earrings. What we called an "ode to the lost moulds of Bengali sweets" now has a kindred jewel that ta...
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Padma-Parentheses Kanbala

What do you do when you're tasked to make a kanbala that shouldn't look like a kanbala but has to perform as one?

You pick two lotuses and a pair of Mexican poppies, gather some sabu-dana, collect...

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Sangeeta

Just when you thought you’d seen everything there was to see of the Bengali kanbala comes this iconoclastic jewel that’s fashioned after its young owner/custodian from Assam who identifies herself as ...
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HilaalKamal Earrings

There's nothing to be stated here that hasn't already been said in the HilaalKamal Choker post of 12th June last year. And what you'll read is the same description altered in places to include the cha...
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Marguerite Earrings

For some strange reason, with us, things seem to be leaning towards France this week, even though we aren’t really Francophiles of any mentionable ardency.

Of course, the occasional whiff of Dipty...

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Mattomayur

I dream-
the passionate peacocks’ plumage
produce perfectly acervate leaves
that shape perfectly practiced vines
which become perfectly prescient
parasols to predict the pure ...
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Dhimohi

BACKSTORY
What can we tell you about the Grinling Gendaphul design that hasn’t already been said. Even then, we’ll quote from the necklace description so that it might serve to show you why we’re...
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Labanya Latika Earrings

The choice of what to wear on the ears to match a broad collar, and one with as distinct a form and patterning as Labanya Latika, begs discretion. Girandoles and jhumkas are not advised because their ...
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Golnar Pasha

Sez who that pashas are passé and meant for old biddies who think it best not to wear ‘jhola-dul’ because age demands a propriety that excludes the gorgeous and glamorous. Just the other day, we talke...
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Manjima

A miniaturization of the Latifa-Hydrangea Hansuli (that debuted on this page just about a year ago) is seen in the crescentic lower tier of this kanbala that's more a girandole, really, sans the large...
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Swirl Tree Earrings (with turquoise and pearls)

Not fully a girandole and not a chandelier in the strict sense either, this upended swirl tree earring is quite sui generis among the large danglers, kanbalas, or jhumkas that we are thought to specia...
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Yuletide Camellia Kaan

The kaan is such a specific ornament, in the sense that it has to, just has to, fit your ear perfectly, curving around and covering the helix and snaking onto the lobule where the pasha with the post ...
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Pushpa Piyali Pancharatna Kanbala

It’s a stochastic process, the making of a wildflower wreath. This one’s no different. We simply chose a bacciferous vine, tough but pliable, and twined around it leaves and flowers with abandon. But ...
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O Tiya!' Kanbala

Just about a fortnight ago we gave you the ‘O Tiya!’ Sita-har. This is the matched Kanbala to it. But as Lalu Prasad Shaw's ‘Bibi’ often does in his paintings —— for which he’s so well known and where...
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Namrata

Our jewellery is never about us. They're always all about you. They have to be. Unless they perform the task of making evident your inner beauty, they fail in their core purpose of creation and end up...
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Sutapa'r Pakhiralay Kanbala

There's reason to go bespoke with your precious jewellery if you're of the bent of mind of Mrs.Sutapa Dutta or possess a heart as unreasonably generous as hers. 

Considering these kanbal...

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GulBitan Jhumka-Pasha

Classic ornaments have a habit of transmogrifying into jewels that inevitably turn out a further classic of no less individuality and pulchritude when the former is customized either by incorporati...

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Aranyakanak

There was a time, remember, when we were all renaissance people, independent of thought and action; when we didn’t subvert our freedom to State or to society or even family if it were one where ort...

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Anushka

It’s daunting – even thinking about designing something … anything … for someone who’s a masters degree holder in strategic design and management from none other than the legendary Parsons School o...

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Riti's Kanbala

In memory of her beloved Dida. 

This isn’t our design. It’s a grandmother’s gift of a cherished pendant to her favourite ‘natini’ that we’ve replicated to the latter’s express desire, bu...

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Maitreyee Mukto Kanbala

So much has been written about the jhumka in Bengali music that one wonders whether any other form of ornamentation of the ear might even deserve consideration in the lyrics of popular Indian songs...

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Peacock Palatak Jhapta Earring

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
This is intended to be a Spot the Difference puzzle for you since you know our handcrafted ornaments well and have been further famil...

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Shuk-Umlakh Earrings

Sometimes I wear these earrings on their own ; not with the guluband. When he's on a campaign far away and I have no reason to wear a necklace to bed, I let the presence of his absence distill itse...

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Radhika Kaan Jhumka

"Radhe! Firmly reject this shrewd son of the king of Vraja, O immoral girl! Listen! Don't be weak! I'm saying it for Your own good. Don't submit to Him!"

Such advice from her loyal sakhi Lali...

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Sampanna

In August last year when we released the Gulistan Choker there weren't any matching earrings to it. It's heartening to know then that when at last a pair was made, it was a pasha and not a dangler ...

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Ramnagarer Shonar Haathi Earrings

The Ramnagarer Shonar Haathi Sita-Har, the one we opened the year with, finds its companion piece at last in these earrings. The necklace took fourteen months in manufacture; this, sixty days more....

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Chaahat-Chaniya or "Chun-Chun"

In the morning, in front of the elders, the parrot
Starts mimicking the sounds
Of last night’s love play.
Embarrassed she claps her hands,
“Dance! Dance!”she orders the children...

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Surya ‘Tarkulia’ Jhumka

After that barrage of recaps during the Dhanteras–Diwali period, a return to sanity warrants an ornament small but significant. Here’s a jewel modelled on the traditional ‘tarkulia’ surya-motif sil...

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Biophilic Butterfly Kanbala

Often enough we’re asked to design to match an accessory to a main ornament and sometimes, though rarely, the other way round as well. In both cases it’s important to study the ornament with which ...

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Mili Mary Kaan-Jhumka

A Loreto girl, Mili Mary D’Cruze was destined to lead. There wasn’t any ‘climbing the corporate ladder’ for her because she made certain she started at the top, as an administrative officer in a bl...

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Juna Mahal Kan-Pasha

More than three-and-a-half years after the Juna Mahal choker was presented to you here, come these rather reserved, matched pashas with two pairs of passionate parakeets again spirited away from the A...
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Helen

It's a challenge making an ornament from an ornament in a photograph from a printed magazine or its digital version, even it's someone as legendary as Madhuri Dixit wearing it, and especially becau...

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Sraboni Earrings

The indescribably beautiful matched earrings to the Sraboni choker of January, 2017 and Kukubha Ragini Necklace from August of the same year, this exotic jewel deserves a separate article on it see...

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Zakhm-i-Gul

Great beauty at times comes from a heavy heart. Flowers, in whatever form, have a habit of sharing our joys and sorrows, and the rose among them foremost in presenting itself in life and in death w...

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Princess Kaninika Earrings

The companion piece to the Princess Kaninika necklace, showcased here right after Poila Baisakh, these earrings in precious naboratna have been made to match the har, certainly, but designed in a mann...
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Tota Pakhi Kaan-Jhumka

"Aata gachhe Tota Pakhi

Dalim gaachhe Mou

Eto daki tobu katha

Kou na keno Bou?"

Jogindranath Sarkar's lovable rhyme for children, well known to lots of pre-internet Bengalis who've enc...

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Naksha Kanbala

In the halcyon days of the Bengali Zamindars, these elegant guinea gold Kanbalas would have been de rigueur for the ladies of the house. Today, however, they've become a precious rarity.

Made by a...

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Mayurpur Earring

A four-step jhapta style pure 22K gold earring that's matched to the Mayurpur Necklace but is quite capable of carrying the evening all by itself. The riveting centerpiece of the har is repeated here ...
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