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Parosamita

A Paroma pasha (not the actual one but the inadvertent design, with a prominent rose in it, which came to be known by that name thanks to the beautiful tele...

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Jayati 'Guinea' Necklace

And here’s the other ‘guinea’ necklace made for the elder ‘Ja’ of the Sengupta family of Guwahati, Assam. 

Now, there’s something to say here that we didn’t when we showcased the ‘guinea...

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Ajanta 'Guinea' Necklace

Warring sisters-in-law (wife vs husband’s brother’s wife) we’ve seen aplenty in popular Indian cinema, and the usual pyrotechnics resulting from their inevitable confrontation has been a source of ...

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Priyanjana

"Ami chakri kori London IBM e (tothyo projukti) r UK te thaki amar husband er sathe. Engineering pash korechi . . . Baba'r chakri sutre West Bengal er bibhibnno jaygay ghure ghure boro hoyechhi (Sa...

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Aad-Bastar

Distinctly Rajasthani in its form and detailing, this one-of-a-kind necklace is nonetheless as far away from those chunky 'aad' designs as, say, a hansuli is from a pati har.

To start with, i...

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'O Tiya!' Sita-Har

Drawn as much  from Lalu Prasad Shaw's Bibi series of paintings as it is from the endearing Pratima Banerjee song 'O Tiya Toré' — where she pleads her escaped parrot to readily agree to be sha...

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Briar Rose's Collar

Now, Briar Rose was a brave princess and no amount of pleading by the old man at the barely discernible gate flanked on both sides by seemingly unending thorn hedges could dissuade her from wanting...

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Chandra-Toran

I sell stolen moons but only of the falcate kind. To start with, it's difficult to pilfer the full moon from the sky without anyone noticing, and then it's even more difficult to offload them becau...

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Qudratan

If you are to believe Emily Dickinson when she posits, "Forever is composed of nows." — this almost Sita-har length necklace will stand witness to your trust for seldom has the present presented it...

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Radio Har

This comes straight from the M.B.S. catalogue where, on Page 39, bottom right, you'll see the original version of this which, because of its obround inset piece, was, and still is, known as the Ten...

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Ratna Briksha

Seems familiar?  That’s because you’ve seen this chasing on another set of jewels : The Shuk-Umlakh from March this year. 

That’s the beauty of bespoke : when you love a jewel enoug...

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Vishoka

Another instance of the kind of matchless jewel that can result from reverse customisation where a smaller ornament or accessory is referenced for a necklace or Sita-har or mukut or some such monum...

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Anganpriya

In classical music the structure of a piece is built upon a theme that usually has a strong central melody which is later varied and repeated and is called a ‘variation’. After the first variation’...

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Kingkhap

Sometime in June, the venerated Cottage Industries held a textile exhibition at the Thyagaraja Hall where only handloom silks and cottons and linen were on display mostly as clothing and related ar...

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Bonophul Hansuli

If chronology were to be the only criteria for an understanding of the evolution of art, this Hansuli would be a neat coda to the wonderfully wild Kaan that preceded it. As a matched set, the chasi...

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Nandighosha

My New Home in Your Heart  

I’m changing the narrative a little, this time. 

You know how irate Lakshmi is with this whole business of my going and visiting my Aunt while...

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Marangoni Minaphul Necklace

This is rare. And by that we don’t just mean the ornament — which is certainly unique in that it’s a near replica of a museum piece — but also the circumstances of its manufacture.

When a cli...

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Kudrati Kanbala Necklace

There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before and yet it feels new but in a strangely familiar kind of way — like someone you meet whom you know you don’t know but who, it somehow seems, you’ve know...

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Latifa-Hydrangea Hansuli

Sometimes we do too much.   

From the form of this hansuli, you’ll recall easily our Grinling Gendaphul from December, 2018 that’s gone on to become something of a legend. The order...

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Gopa

A revival of what used to be a popular style thirty years ago, this tubular amulet necklace owes its second birth to Mrs. Gopa Das Gupta who not only ordered it in the given combination of black an...

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The Juna Mahal Pendant

The Juna Mahal choker of early 2018 vintage has seen great patronage. From it was drawn a pair of pashas in August last year. Much has been said about those, and the legend of a crumbling 13th cent...

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Shuk-Umlakh Guluband

On the night of our marriage I asked of him his umlakh. It wasn’t the silver kind commonly borrowed from bankers and money lenders. This had five beautiful panels in guinea gold, each depicting the...

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TellaJumiki Choker

That the classic can’t be sultry is a sad misconception. Bengali wives in aristocratic homes, at the turn of the century, painting their buttocks with alta as enticement is a case in point. That pe...

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Anuradha

The key to great bespoke anything is candid conversation. More so in the case of fine gold jewellery, not only for their enduring value but also because of the character you imbue them with over th...

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Oviya

This isn't a tie-up. It isn't some kind of cross promotion either. But we must, at the outset, credit the Oviya Design Studio in Fremont, California, and its founder Meenakshi Satyavolu Rangachary ...

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Trinayani Kanbala Sita-Har

The Kakoli Necklace of 2014 and Renaissance Sita-Har of 2017 both have variations of the Naksha Kanbala from 2013 as their centrepiece, and the lotiform pashas are included in the ornament too, not...

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Nargisa

Iznik ceramics inform this stunning choker where in the traditional square centrepiece we see the local innovation of a fish-scale pattern (referencing the sea) rise up from the two ends and meet i...

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Ladakh

On 5 August 2019, the President of India scrapped Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This means the state...

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Subhasree

Five different kinds of virtuoso workmanship. A necklace in three sections held together with hundreds of bichha chains. A form taken beyond the usual by its deconstruction and final reassemblage i...

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Grinling Gendaphul Hansuli

Just as the Kakoli Necklace (shown here on 22nd November, 2014) is a fine and suitably complex example of reverse customization, so is this, though the resulting ornament is far, far different. Her...

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Debarati

We've known Mrs.Debarati Dutta-Cherukuri for three years now. Facebook brought us together. Or rather, our ornaments on Facebook did. Since then, we've had the occasion to make bespoke jewels for h...

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Mayurpur Necklace set

The nocturnal garden of love that comes alive with the rains, this necklace celebrates the erotic in chaste guinea gold, the ecstasy of passionate prem-bandhan immortalized in delicate delightful n...

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