India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Mar­cia Ro­drigues

Retailing fash­ion­able, con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery, the Apala jew­ellery store fea­tures col­lec­tions which are in­spired by the cul­tural her­itage of the cap­i­tal city. Their col­lec­tions like the tomb in­spired col­lec­tion and monastery col­lec­tion at­tempt to fuse the con­tem­po­rary with the spir­i­tual as well as por­tray tra­di­tional charm through their de­signs. Owner and de­signer of Apala, Su­mit Sawh­ney learnt the craft from the Ge­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of Amer­ica and started his first flag­ship store in Gur­gaon in 2006. The sec­ond store fol­lowed in 2008 at Hauz Khas Vil­lage. Apala is stocked with jew­ellery that is hand­crafted in sil­ver and em­bed­ded with pre­cious and semi- pre­cious gem­stones on top of a layer of gold. Sawh­ney uses mo­tifs in con­tem­po­rary forms and tex­tures to cre­ate ex­clu­sive jew­ellery pieces. The dé­cor at the store is con­ven­tional yet el­e­gant with two el­e­gant fig­urines set up out­side to make the store more invit­ing. The lat­est Bud­dhism in­spired monastery col­lec­tion has al­ready be­come a rage and is a rare com­bi­na­tion of thread with sil­ver and gold which also adds a unique charm to the pieces. The most pop­u­lar items from the monastery col­lec­tion are their Nir­vana Ear­rings, Bud­dhist Mys­tique Pen­dant and the Bod­hisatva Pen­dant. COST Rs 2,500 on­wards WHERE 6, Hauz Khas Vil­lage; SG 66, DLF Gal­le­ria, Phase – IV, Gur­gaon

TEL 26512361; 0124 4148388;

CHANDRADEE­P KU­MAR/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

USP The store pro­vides eclec­tic jew­ellery de­signs and also of­fers cus­tomised op­tions for one to choose from

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