CARNIVAL OF RINGS
UK-based budding designer Akansha Sethi springs a pleasant surprise by presenting an assemblage of gold rings inspired by her visit to the City Palace in Udaipur. The collection is titled Nritya after an Indian art form of expressing a story through one’s hands.
Each ring is special and features the vibrant arayesh (fresco work used to decorate the palace walls and monuments in India). The rings draw cues from speci c rooms of the City Palace. “I found it interesting and unusual,” comments the talented designer. “Each room had a different feel to it, from the colour combinations to the hand-painted motifs on the wall. And just like each room in the palace, each ring tells a different story. The bright colours and delicate motifs from the palace have been represented by the use of semi-precious and precious stones with traditional meenakari work in 18-karat gold vermeil.”
The series of meenkari and gemstone rings is designed with a playful element — some of the rings topped with gems can be upturned as well. It’s fun, it’s enjoyable and it’s likeable art.
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CITRINE RING: The 18-karat matte yellow gold vermeil ring focuses on a hand-carved citrine set with a crown of rubies along the base and two natural turquoises on either side. The ring takes inspiration from the motifs near the maharajas swing in the...
FLUORITE ENAMEL RING: Hand-carved watermelon uorite half encased in a vibrant pink enamel shell set in 18-karat matte yellow gold vermeil. The ring uses a winding mechanism allowing you to change the colour between green and pink.
AMETHYST AND EMERALD RING: The 18-karat yellow gold vermeil ring is set with a hand-carved amethyst inspired by the mirror work of the arches in the courtyard set with natural emeralds running along the top.
AMETHYST ENAMEL RING: The beautiful ring features a hand-carved amethyst and natural rubies enhanced with a vibrant pink enamel base that highlights the shape of the carving.
THE ROSE QUARTZ RING: Hand-carved rose quartz and ruby ring in 18-karat matte yellow gold vermeil inspired by the Pink Room with beautiful motifs on the walls.
FLUORITE RING: Watermelon-cut natural uorite with a surround of vibrant tourmalines set in 18-karat matte yellow gold vermeil with delicate enamel work along the ring. It is inspired by the ower balls placed throughout the palace.