Archive | May 2011

Vanity Fare

Perfume & PearlsWhat every woman loves! While one compliments the attire as an elegant accessory, the other completes the ‘dressed up’ feel lending class with its aromatic presence. Pearls can be worn with Chiffons or Silks and add a sophisticated touch to a dress or sari. Here a beautiful string of Pink Pearls is displayed along side a chic looking miniature perfume bottle

Watermelon

No other fruit says summer like the subtly crunchy, thirst quenching watermelon. Although watermelons can now be found in the markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is in the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality.

As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin, other plants that also grow on vines on the ground. Watermelons can be round, oblong or spherical in shape and feature thick green rinds that are often spotted or striped. They range in size from a few pounds to upward of ninety pounds.

They can be cut into pieces and had as a fruit or in the form of juice or as an ingredient in fruit salads. It is considered as a ‘Dieter’s Delight’ for it is wholesome, healthy and harmless

The Summer Fruit

Indian Jewelry – An Assortment

 

Gold can be described as the magical word that touches the lives of every Indian, immaterial of caste, creed, religion, social status or age. The quantity possessed may differ but one cannot ignore its presence and the importance it commands in terms of ornamentation and as an investment / saving option. The yellow metal is an intrinsic part of Indian art & culture and occupies centre stage at weddings and functions.

Displayed here is an assortment of gorgeous jewelry. A beautiful pair of Jimikkis[ or Jhumkas], a pair of stunning coral and jade earrings, an intricately crafted gold necklace with the ‘Mango’ design, a plain gold bracelet, a pair of artistically designed bangles, a couple of beautifully designed long chains and  a kada type bangle.

Long ‘Mala’ or ‘ Haar’ in Gold

This beautiful long chain is a popular choice amongst ladies in the South of India, when they dress up for weddings. It is ideally teamed with any type of  silk sari. It can also be worn as a second ornament along with a gold ‘choker’ which is worn closely around the neck, to give a grand look. These can be made as light weght pieces [ 24 – 30 gms]  or as heavy neck pieces [ 48 – 64 gms] and can vary between 12 to 15” in length.

Glittering Beauties

Diamond Studs are popularly referred to as ‘Vaira Thodu’ in TamilNadu. A pair of ‘Vaira Thodu’ is considered to be an essential part of a bride’s wedding trousseau. The design displayed here is the traditional one opted for by most Hindu Brahmins down south. Diamonds are carefully selected, ensuring that they do not possess any impurities [It is popularly believed that impurities in diamonds can bring about negative effects to the wearer] and then set to this design in odd numbers of 5, 7 or 9 diamonds – depending on the size of the diamonds.

In astrology diamonds are associated with ‘Sukran’ or the planet  ‘Venus’ and in turn signify  ‘wealth’. Depending on the strength of the planetary position of Venus a person is recommended to sport a diamond to enhance ‘gain’ or ‘wealth’.

Till recent times a married woman sported this stud permanently. Now with changing times leanings are more towards contemporary and trendy jewelry with the result that these studs are worn only while attending weddings or grand functions.   The weight of the stones is referred to as ‘Carats’ and the price of one Carat depends on the quality and rarity of the stones selected.

The brown stone on which it is placed here forms the perfect back drop and the dark back ground only enhances the glitter of this beautiful piece.

Earthen Lamp

Terracotta literally means ‘Baked Clay’. Refined clay is partially dried, molded by hands into desired shape and fired in a kiln. It is then glazed to make it water proof and to give it the desired color. In its natural form it generally has an orange / Orangish red or a brownish orange color. Terracotta is widely used to make utensils, tiles, garden ware, decorative pieces and as works of art. Terracotta lamps are famous all over India for their exquisite variety, shapes, décor and intricate designs.

The lamp displayed here has five small lamps set on a round base which can be used to fill in water and then decorated with flowers or petals to give an ethnic look.

Gold Bracelet

This beautifully crafted gold bracelet is yet another testimony to the craftsmanship and skill of Indian goldsmiths. A bracelet is meant to be worn in any one hand over the wrist and is generally made to match with other accessories like necklace & earring. The gold bracelet presented here brings to the fore the richness & purity of the yellow metal and is rightly placed on a conch which is identified as a harbinger of all that is pure and good. A conch is associated with Hindu rituals and is believed that blowing of the conch disseminates all the negative energy / vibrations that are present in the atmosphere.

This gold bracelet would form the perfect accessory to any Indian attire made in silk and serve to enhance the beauty of the dress.