BRINGING ART TO LIFE
The latest Blooming Arrow collection by high-end jewellery brand Gyan Jewels, Jaipur, takes inspiration from a medieval Ragamala painting exhibited at Gyan Museum, situated in the same complex as the jewellery boutique. The unique museum, dedicated to naturalist, collector and gemmologist, Gyan Chand Dhaddha (1940-2004), has a collection of over 2,500 objects, including paintings, textiles, decorative art and jewellery, which he collected during his lifetime.
The Ragamala painting genre dates back to the second half of the 15th century. Ragamala, or Garland of Ragas, depicted different moods related to Indian classical music, with love being the common thread of the subject uniting the nine rasas or emotions.
Using this painting as a visual mood board, the Blooming Arrow collection offers a contemporary slant to the ancient artwork. The pendant necklaces, ranging from R80,000 to 400,000, are crafted in 18-karat rose gold, and use similar colour palettes as in the painting – the carefully selected rubies, emeralds, pink opal and black onyx used in the jewellery resemble the muted hues.
“Gyan Jewels amalgamates the past and the present, and enables us to showcase the artistic principles of the museum’s collection whilst making it relevant in a contemporary context,” says Akhil Dhaddha, creative director, Gyan Jewels and Gyan Museum.
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