Fashion's return to Indian sensibilities has been with a vengeance, and it hasn't stopped at khadi. From Devdas jewelry to the ever-in-style kolhapuri chappals, we've had our share of the fads and the keepers. And here's a keeper.
Nalini Hegde of Delhi has found a way to make traditional Indian jewelry affordable and low maintenance. Her silver collection Back To Nature is hand-crafted, set with natural gemstones and, in some, cases, dusted to look like gold. Gold forming turns your silver into the real-thing yellow. The other pieces in the collection are set in sterling silver, so they're contemporary and yet go great with ethnic wear.
Back To Nature uses Israeli designs and Jaipuri gems, with the occasional appearance of an African malachite, Taiwanese jade or Chinese pearls. Quite the selection for a woman of the world.
Set in well-loved patterns like the kundan or the Nawabi style, Back To Nature is reasonably priced - the most expensive set in the collection is Rs. 5,000 - and all in silver, so it affords you the flexibility that that a more precious metal might not. Finally, a range of jewelry that the wearer can enjoy as much as the beholder.
On the 22nd the exhibition will shift to the boutique Sitara, Road No. 14, Banjara Hills. Please contact Gallerie Raphael at 5566-6208 for further details.