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
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.