Sig­nif­i­cant re­gional in­flu­ences, es­pe­cially from Ra­jasthan and Gu­jarat, are ev­i­dent in the art form of jadau (jad­tar). With a vis­ual gram­mar that is truly In­dian, this craft of in­tri­cate en­grav­ing on gold re­quires a set of highly skilled ar­ti­sans to compl

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There are some who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ded­i­cate their lives to pro­mot­ing arts and crafts. Chief among them are cu­ra­tors who fos­ter ideas and cre­ate an in­ti­mate con­nect be­tween the viewer and the art work. Mah­naz Is­pa­hani Bar­tos is one such aes­thete. Af­ter work­ing as a global for­eign pol­icy ex­pert for over two decades, in­clud­ing a stint at the New York-based

Ford Foun­da­tion, she launched Mah­naz Col­lec­tion, a vin­tage jew­ellery gallery and bou­tique in Man­hat­tan. Her strength lies in iden­ti­fy­ing un­usual and highly col­lectible pieces dated from mid- to late-20th cen­tury. She re­cently cu­rated an ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Lon­don Originals: The Jew­eler’s Art in Rad­i­cal Times’, spot­light­ing 150 mas­ter­pieces by British jewellers from the 1960s and ’70s, and mod­ern Na­tive Amer­i­can jewels. Turn to Mu­seum Tour to ad­mire the se­lec­tion. Pre­mier jew­ellery de­signer Mar­got McKin­ney dis­plays an affin­ity to­wards gem­stones – opals, pearls and pink di­a­monds – that are na­tive to her coun­try, Aus­tralia. Mar­got’s stun­ning psy­che­delic and bold cre­ations re­sem­ble Im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings that are coloured with a mul­ti­tude of other gem­stones as well. This charm­ing en­tre­pre­neur and glo­be­trot­ter speaks about her jour­ney in Cre­ative Charisma.

Sig­nif­i­cant re­gional in­flu­ences, es­pe­cially from Ra­jasthan and Gu­jarat, are ev­i­dent in the art form of jadau (jad­tar). With a vis­ual gram­mar that is truly In­dian, this craft of in­tri­cate en­grav­ing on gold re­quires a set of highly skilled ar­ti­sans to com­plete a piece. Although ru­bies and emer­alds and other semi-pre­cious gems are used to ac­cent pat­terns in jadau jew­ellery, the cen­tral stones of­ten are vil­lan­dis or polkis – di­a­monds that bear fewer facets and have less bril­liance or are un­cut or sliced. Our Cover Fea­ture show­cases some fine, painstak­ingly crafted pieces in 22-karat gold by CVM, a com­pany founded in the 1850s in Ju­na­gadh, Gu­jarat. While re­tain­ing the essence of the an­cient craft, the brand has in­fused con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments to make it aes­thet­i­cally rel­e­vant to the woman of to­day.

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