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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 replica...

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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 chil...

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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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Paisley Pillsbury Lahari Kanbala

More than five years after we’d featured the Pillsbury Necklace on this page, comes this pair of matched earrings in the form of lahari kanbalas.

This time it’s in season. The necklace was “o...

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Samvida

 Modelled on the jhapta-dul and created in volume like a kanbala, this disciplined, dramatic two-step earring is blessed with the gift of space and balance, the two crescentic tiers hanging fr...

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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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Vidita Earrings

This is the matching pair of earrings to the Vidita necklace you saw last week. Yes, and no. By that we mean, they are matched but aren't identical in their shape or form to that of the necklace. F...

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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 spi...

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Tzolkin Naba Chandro Earrings

"Mirrikh par mushaira kar lo ki moon par Hum to ab apne sher sunaenge phone par." - - - - - - - - - - - Khalid Irfan

Something needs to be done. Romance is dying by each internet hour, losi...

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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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Navina Naksha Dul

“A legendary matriarch of the House of Naksha is reborn as a beautiful young girl, hand-wrought in pure guinea gold using techniques and instruments of trade more than a century old, and care...

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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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Anisha

"I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short term weapon." --- Tom Stoppard

 

We don't know about the short term bit but, for ...

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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 m...

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Karabi Kadam Jhumka

Here's what we're going to sign off with this Puja week because we stay away from commercialising culture and will not impress upon you the ceaseless passion with which we pursue our calling in a t...

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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 encountered many...

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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.
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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 he...

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