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FASCINATING INDIA

Where Traditional CraftsManship Gives Birth to the NeW


India without jewelry is unthinkable. For Indians, jewelry is part of the very soul of this fascinating country. Here, gemstones and jewelry pieces are prized for their rich meanings and inherent symbolism and are an important part of age-old ceremonies and celebrations amongst. Weddings are especially significant. The craftsmanship involved in creating such jewelry pieces is both treasured and esteemed. Over time, the increasing cultural demand to produce ever more exquisite pieces has generated an amazing multitude of diverse goldsmithing and gemstone setting techniques. Handed down through the centuries, they remain a continuous source of inspiration for both India and the wider world. Yet India is nothing if not a country of stark contrasts, a multi-faceted nation deeply rooted in tradition but also at the forefront of technological progress. Its dynamic jewelry industry combines ancient techniques and traditional handicrafts with state-of-the-art technology. Indian designers and brands produce stylish collections that are contemporary but also true to the artisanal traditions of their ancestor goldsmiths, like those from the Mughal period – the most significant era for the development of Indian craftsmanship. Gold and silver dominate Indian jewelry along with the coveted gemstones, which are believed to have auspicious astrological and even medicinal benefits. Cultural influences abound, with the Indian craftsman seeking inspiration in the intricacies and complexities of the nation’s music, dance, religions, and textiles. This sheer wealth ofIn(dia)spiration has led the various regions to develop their own specific jewelry making traditions. © Fotocredit: Pendant by Farah Khan made with Swarovski Genuine Sapphires, Smoky Quartz, Citrine, Rhodolite, Black Spinel, Marcasite and Swarovski Zirconia and diamonds set in Yellow Gold