Polki jewelry : Introduced by the Moghuls, Polki uses natural unfinished diamonds. The diamonds are flat or uncut in its natural shape and set on 24 carat gold. The technique used to make polki jewels is called “Jadau”. Lac and fine … Continue reading →
Tarun Khiwal is an India’s leading fashion photographer. Pride of his culture and heritage, he photographs with an authentic India Modern aesthetic. Recognized internationally, he collaborates with magazines like Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire and L’Officiel. Besides, Tarun … Continue reading →
Tarun Vishwa is a renowned Indian fashion photographer. He collaborated with pretigious magazines like Vogue, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar. He also produced campaign photoshoots including Indian jewellery brands. His photos are bright, colorful and luminous.
Alice Cicolini is a British jewelry designer inspired by Indian designs and using the Meenakari traditions. She had been Director Arts & Culture for the British Council in India. She used the sacred architecture and patterns of the Silk Route as an inpiration for her jewelry. All the jewels are handmade in India ; the studio of Kamal Kumar Meenakar uses the meenakari enameling traditions. The jewels are real pieces of art : patterns are engraved into 23.5 carat gold to the reverse of the jewels and colored with enamel. The jewels are decorated with gemstones.
Alice Cicolini’s work pays a tribute to the Meenakari jewelry. “Enameling or Meenakari is the art of colorings or decorating a metal surface by attaching or fusing pieces of different mineral substances, over it.” “Enamel is a combination of ground, pigmented glass and metal, heat fired into the recesses created by the engraving and then polished with agate stone.” “More commonly, enamel is applied to the reverse of jewels, where the precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are privileged at the forefront.”
MUNNU The Gem Palace was founded in 1852 by the Agra-based Kasliwal family (officially appointed jewelers of the Mughal dynasty). The Mughal dynasty is a Muslim dynasty of Turkic-Mongol which ruled most of northern India from the early 16th to the mid-18th. It was founded by a Chagatai Turkic prince named Bābur in 1526. Munnu jewels are made from indian traditional techniques. There are four collections: the traditional Mughal collection, the modern Mughal collection, the Platinum collection and the Indo-Russian collection. The website is : http://www.munnuthegempalace.com/.