The Zari collection is underway!

Finally the ‘Zari’ collection, designed in 2011 has been perfected and is soon to be underway in 2013!  The repetitive pattern was inspired by zari, the brocades seen in Indian wedding saris.  Zari is a thread traditionally made of fine gold or silver and is used in Indian, Pakistani and Persian garments.  The thread is woven into fabrics, made of silk to create intricate patterns.  A splash of colour will be added to the collection to reflect the bright colours of the saris.  Once the first pieces ahve been crafted images will be up on the website!

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Blue Lotus Bangle

This bangle is from the Blue Lotus collection; inspired from Art Deco and Mughal architecture, the piece has been created to reflect the three dimensional lines present in these structures. The piece has been made in sterling silver, but comes in 18K yellow, white and red gold. The Blue Lotus collection is the next collection I am working on, and once complete all works will be available on my website.

 

The ‘Dreamer’

For this piece I wanted to work with a cabochon moonstone that I had bought in India. This stone is supposed to be a “lovers’ stone”, evoking feelings and protecting the true joys of love. So like the Taj Mahal; which was constructed by a Mughal emperor for his beloved wife, I decided to design and create an architectural piece for my “lovers’ stone”.

The moonstone is recognised by its enchanting play of light and has a mysterious shimmer which makes it look different when the stone is moved. To maximise this effect in my ring, I wanted to create an open structure to enable the light to enter and hit the surfaces of the stone. A bird’s eye view of the ring represents an open lotus flower.

The ring was entered for the Marcia Lanyon Innovative Design Awards 2010 and the EC One ‘Unsigned’ Graduate Jewellery Design Competition 2010.

“If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India”…Life of Ramakrishna, Romain Rolland, 1929