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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.

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