BRING­ING ART TO LIFE

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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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