PUB­LISHER’S NOTE

Adorn - - PUBLISHER’S NOTE - Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor Ma­neck Davar ma­[email protected]­ta­mul­ti­me­dia.com

Gold has been in­te­gral to the cul­ture of lux­ury even as far back as 3,000 years. This is am­ply ev­i­dent in a new ex­hi­bi­tion, Golden King­doms: Lux­ury and Legacy in the An­cient Amer­i­cas, that is on view at The Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of

Art in New York. It is the cul­mi­na­tion of a painstak­ing jour­ney that lasted five long years to find, doc­u­ment, re­store and show­case many arte­facts and his­toric jew­ellery pieces from the An­cient Amer­i­cas. The ex­hi­bi­tion traces the cul­ture of lux­ury in pre-Columbian so­ci­eties such as the In­cas, Mayans and Aztecs, from around 1000bc to the ar­rival of Eu­ro­peans in the early 16th cen­tury. Many of these cre­ations mirac­u­lously sur­vived the Span­ish Con­quest and would have been for­ever lost to mankind had it not been for the com­bined ef­forts of The Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Mu­seum, and the Getty Re­search In­sti­tute. Ad­mire some of these exquisite gold or­na­ments in Mu­seum Tour.

An­cient techniques have al­ways been a ref­er­ence point for con­tem­po­rary artists. Ukrainian jew­ellery artist Stanislav Drokin, one of the three win­ners of the pres­ti­gious Artis­tar Jew­els 2018 con­test in Mi­lan, speaks about the mak­ing of the ring ti­tled Two Rivers by us­ing the long-for­got­ten an­cient In­dian jew­ellery tech­nique of dou­ble cast­ing, known as Ganga-Ja­muna, named af­ter the union of two rivers in Al­la­habad. He says, “In a world where modern tech­nolo­gies re­place crafts­man­ship and tra­di­tions, passed on for cen­turies, no tech­nol­ogy can repli­cate what was cre­ated in an­cient In­dia cen­turies ago us­ing the Ganga-Ja­muna method. I am glad that I have dis­cov­ered the Gan­gaJa­muna method by my­self, and have re-in­tro­duced it to the world!” Turn to Spot­light for more de­tails.

This is­sue of ADORN also fo­cuses on two new jew­ellery de­sign­ers from In­dia – Son­ali Sheth who heads Sphere, and Gee­tan­jali of Moha, a silver jew­ellery brand. In Style Quo­tient, up-and-com­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers Saak­sha and Kinni il­lus­trate strik­ing out­fits that are paired with lux­ury jew­ellery by Is­tan­bul-based jew­ellery brand Gi­lan.

The ex­hi­bi­tion traces the cul­ture of lux­ury in pre-Columbian so­ci­eties such as the In­cas, Mayans and Aztecs, from around 1000bc to the ar­rival of Eu­ro­peans in the early 16th cen­tury.

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