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Trilokanantyo Bala

The gala-bhora bala is much vilified nowadays, at least those that have not the historical heft of the Golap-phul-pata design or the tribal-traditional imperiality that the Gajredar-Pushpa Bala displa...
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Pushpa Tori Mantasha

The "even dozen of plain-bichha hawsers for the tides and sands of time, ever changing, ever shifting" are gone but "the pearls of wisdom we've picked from your thoughts" are very much there. The form...
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Kodavathi Kadaga

If this looks familiar it's because you've seen it elsewhere and before and, in all probability, some place down South. It's a copy piece, or what one, in more genteel terms, would call a replica. Wel...
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Maitrayee

Don’t you love it when chartered accountants love jewellery! The whole of the year they’re bludgeoning us with taxes and then when they come to buy fine jewels, we feel elated at the prospect of the t...
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Rumana

Contrary to what the general idea is of an Indian cuff-bracelet being descended inevitably from the Rabari ones made of silver, this design is not so. Far from it, the Rumana cuff-bracelet actually is...
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Sadabahar-Kunja Pola

Are we, all of a sudden, championing the traditional Pola, that storied red-coral bangle so intrinsic to a Bengali wedding where the bride, on Dodhi Mangal, must wear a pair of them (together with sha...
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Pujo’r Poymonto Pola:The Kashan- Carpet, Kolmilata, and Gerbera-Phul Pola.

Polas are polas, there’s no two ways about that. Yet, to link them only to a Shubho Parinoy and not to anything else and recommend them only to married women and for no-one else is not the way we see ...
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Pujo’r Poymonto Pola: The PadmaLatika, KalkaGosthi, and AlashiPhul Pola.

Polas are polas, there’s no two ways about that. Yet, to link them only to a Shubho Parinoy and not to anything else and recommend them only to married women and for no-one else is not the way we ...
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Vishoka Pasha Ring

There isn’t scope to elaborate upon what’s already been written about the Vishoka choker and pashas (September 2022), that drew from the Ashoka pendant their primary hand-chased design and form. And b...
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Reshmi Chooris

On the verge of Vishwakarma Puja, whereas we should be showcasing for you a marquee ornament of original design that requires virtuoso skills to realise, we instead give you a conundrum of a jewel : R...
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Agaliphul Opor-haath

Though created as a pair, these light and elegant single-panel hand-chased armlets are differentiated by their velvet backing: one’s in rich maroon and the other in bottle green. This encourages usage...
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Srabanti Rose Mantasha-Loha

Absurd! – To think a mantasha could be combined with a loha to form a single ornament. This wasn’t at all our idea. We’d gone as far as the bracelet-loha but even that was more ‘poshaki’ than anything...
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Sreoshi

That the mango as a motif is auspicious in India need not be reiterated nor is it necessary to establish the fact that cutting across caste, creed, colour, or nationality, the mango, by whatever name,...
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Priyankakon

Made to order for a professional model who’s also a global traveller, these kankans have a primal intensity to them, much like the flawlessly beautiful young lady whose hands they'll adorn : Ms.Priya...
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Zinnia-lata Tablet Angti

The band’s adjustable as you can well see, and right away reveals this to be a versatile ornament meant to be worn on any finger of the hand (the small one’s not advised though as it’ll make one end s...
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Anindita

How opportune it is that Mrs. Anindita Bhowmick should love traditional jewellery. We’d hesitate to call ours that though, considering they’re each enlivened in design by concerns and enquiries which ...
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Magic Carpet (Ring) For Sale

RARE MAGIC CARPET RING FOR SALE with central panel and medallions in rich emerald green and russet enamelling detailed with strung seed pearls ; border in a stunning turquoise mina ball-and-cup patter...
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Sridisha

Made in the tradition of those massive currency bracelets of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, this cuff, though very new, follows in the steps of the early-18th century West African model in its form and...
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Pushpa-Tori

It’s at rest now, its keel facing the sun, on the shores of a life the past of which weighs greater, much greater, than its future.

We’ve brought together flowers of all kinds, from different plac...

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The Anganpriya Choor and The Vishoka Choor

We aren't going to go into great detail about the crafting of these cuffs because they're both matched to sets you've seen very recently where the workmanship has been described in detail. The Anganpr...
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Lokkho-Tara Bala

The Lokkho-Tara bala is eons old and not in the least old as well. Classic jewellery never ages ; with time they become timeless and the virtues they’re born with become intrinsic to their characte...

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Grinling Gendaphul Choor

The double blossoms aren't graduated in this ornate cuff that's designed to match the Grinling Gendaphul Hansuli of December 2018 vintage because they needn't be — the choor doesn't taper.

Th...

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Champlevé-Enamelled Love Bangles

The most valued minakari work of our country deservingly comes from Jaipur. And unbelievably beautiful as it may be, imagine such art on the back of ornaments the ‘right side’ of which have traditi...

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Bahari Lohas

Wear these lohas if you’re happily married or think you’re soon going to be happily married. Or if you’re happily divorced or separated or widowed. Or if you’re going to firmly remain single. Or li...

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The Kili Josiyam Ring Incident

As reported in the Brighton Herald of 24th April, 1952 :  

The Kili Josiyam Ring Incident. 
A Tamil gentleman by the name of Bhagaba...

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Phuleswar

From my home to Freedom Park
is just that many miles of an epic
journey I make everyday to
<...

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Ruitan-er Tekka Mantasha

The right term for this kind of jewel used to be "pin-choor" because the chains would be fastened at the back to a regular hinge, one set to the 'pin' or 'screw pyench' and the other to the threade...

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Sahasra Sujata Cuff Bracelet

The end of yet another year is nigh and while contemplating the disappearance of time in a time of catastrophe, we must leave you, as a fitting finale to a flagitious year, an ornament not to remem...

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Matching/Swadhin Madhusree Choor

When commissioned to make a choor matched to an iconic necklace, all the elements of the latter may not be included in the handswear. There's a clear reasoning for this : while completing the parur...

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Keka's Star Beloari Choori


The Beloari choori reappears four years after we last showcased them to you, but in a new 'old' guise. In fact the set we'd posted in November 2017 was a wider version of the actual bangles tha...

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Gajredar Pushpa Bala

Stolen from the archive of Victoria and Albert Museum this is actually a gajredar silver anklet from Maharashtra, dating from the early twentieth century. True, we have copied the design in toto, b...

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Darjeeling

We Bengalis are justifiably proud of our Darjeeling, even though she came to us only in 1935, and that too via Nepal, Sikkim and Bihar. In truth, its famous sobriquet, Queen of the Hills, does make...

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Mayurpur Choor

Not all ornaments are made with a clear purpose ; and,in our case, most aren't ; except that they have to be of universal beauty and must hold within them a simple narrative, or at least embody an ...

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Vallam Kalli Adhai-Pyanch Bala

There are two kinds of enamelling and some intricate granulation on this piece, the quality and cleanness of both of which is why it seems so different and attractive a bracelet when it really is a co...
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Riddhima Bajuband

Adapted from our ever-popular Addigai necklace, this grand armlet also doubles up as a choker. You'll recognise the zig-zag thokai pieces strung in a row using thick v-chains, only this time there ...

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Rakhiphool Kankan

The common passion flower, twining its way in beautifully turned delicate filigree, with each of the chhela rakhiphool guarded by two large frosted leaves the midrib and veins of which are also chh...

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ChoraMayur Bauti

In the court of the great and mighty King of Takalok arrived an unassuming and beleaguered embroiderer who was meek and small but well-known around town for his skills and original designs. He would m...
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Joroa Padmini Bala

Every bit a jewel that might have been made in 1930s Calcutta and quite astonishing in its likeness to the design on page 74 of the M.B.Sirkar catalogue dating from almost ninety years ago, this re...

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Nishi Prem

If there is such a thing as responsible romanticism or functional beauty or, for that matter, ecstatic elegance, it's likely y...

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Debahuti Armlet

Can a jewel really be you when you are the real jewel ? How many times we ask ourselves this question(!) when we meet you authentic lovers of fine jewellery, first on Facebook and then face-to-face, a...
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Madhumanjari Ruli

An extraordinary rendering, in antique

guinea gold, of an enchanting plant

whose fragrant white flowers perfume

the Bengal monsoon. The pearls

represent the madhumanjari and a

sing...

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