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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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Raili

Made to match the Tantuparva belt-necklace shown here exactly five months ago and which was acquired by Dr.Raili Roy (who made herself known to you in the last Ma-Meye post) then when she was here fro...
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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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PhulaPhalaPaathi Jhumka

Now, before we take a look at the provenance of these fine detachable jhumka-pashas, you must be told that they’re a matching pair to the hansuli we’ll showcase this weekend. Also, these didn’t start ...
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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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Nandita

It would be remiss of us to not tell you that this is the companion piece to Vincent (show here last Saturday) as you will note certain shared elements right away, your senses quite attuned to the det...
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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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Abjavahanam

It’s not broken. Or come undone. And there’s no reason to believe it’s unhinged, literally or figuratively.The photograph’s been taken this way deliberately to show you how the lower crescent detaches...
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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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Jugal-Jhumka Jhinuk-Pati Earring

Your wish is our command. And if you want to retain an ornament, despite it being irreversibly aesthetically challenged (political correctness is the order of the day), who are we to argue. Why, we sh...
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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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Light Bright Jhumkas - The Nilavilakku and Ball Bali Jhumka

A lady a few days ago, on this page, praised our designs but also conveyed the fact that all our jewellery was 'heavy' and thus could not be afforded by most. It's a perception, but not one that's ...

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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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Mogori Rose Fringe Earrings

When you're commissioned danglers — as part of a bridal parure — that can't be a jhumka, or kanbala, or jhapta earring, what do you do? You invent, of course, and reimagine a classic form suited to th...
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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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Sweta-Nandighosha Earrings

We never got around to telling you this. Our Nandighosha has made America its home. Not long after ulto-rath, it found in Mrs.Sweta Chakrabarti

a patron of rare taste and artistic sensibiliti...

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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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Joonjhulana Kaaner Dul

A pierced naksha crescentic swing held by gote-ball vines gently rocks from a curvy foliate bracket with a solitary godhuligopal flower on it –– the same that inhabits the falcate moon jhulana but ...

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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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Rittika

Towards the end of January we’d confessed to you we still had the earrings with the KajalLata necklace to make. We’d also mentioned showcasing them once they’d been delivered, and that they were of...

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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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