‘Gold Textures Are In’
AHALYA S. of RASVIHAR, Chennai, is known for her delicate and lyrical renditions in gold. A trained graphic design and arts graduate, who retails her one-off creations from Rasvihar, a boutique in Chennai, Ahalya has the knack of making classic pieces look stunningly conventional, so that they find relevance with today’s woman, who embraces old and new ideas in equal measure. The beguiling and feminine gold jewellery designed by Ahalya uses an array of high quality gemstones from rubies and emeralds to rose quartz, red onyx and moonstones. However, her strength lies in texturing the pieces to make them standout. Here’s what she believes works in favour of gold:
Gold Textures: Modern customers are getting more familiar with gold and are not shying away from it. They don’t mind showing off gold especially if it is used in designer pieces. The emphasis is on wearability and beauty of the piece. No longer are high-end customers benchmarking jewellery based on grams alone. Even the older generation that accompanies the youth to the store has woken up to the fact that jewellery should be wearable, and therefore, don’t get too worried about the variation in gold prices. Customers are favouring paler shades of yellow gold and opt for various textures. I employ finishes such as brushed, high polish, rough finish achieved with filing, hammered and woven gold in my designs. The favourite, though, is the brushed finish.
Jhumkis: I began working on jhumkis – oversized and small – some years ago. Today, jhumkis in gold textures and gem-settings are extremely popular. There is a certain romance associated with it. They are voluminous and look flatteringly feminine. There is a certain familiarity about the pattern all across India and so women turn to it easily. Above all, jhumkis fit well in the context of fashion as they blend well with Indo-Western outfits.
Gemstones: I use emeralds, rubies and sapphires, but I have recently shifted to top quality grey moonstones, red onyx, rose quartz and aquamarine. These gems have been associated with fashion jewellery for a long time, primarily because a lot of what is used in costume jewellery is of low quality. I wanted their high quality versions to be seamlessly integrated in couture jewellery. These collections are rocking!
Brushed gold bangles. Brushed gold drop earrings.
Hammered gold earrings centred on diamonds.
A textured gold bangle accented with uncut diamonds.
Stylised jhumkis adorned with diamonds and colour stones.
Textured gold and diamond ear studs.
Moonstone- and diamondstudded jhumkis.
Paisley motifs adorn these gold jhumkis, fringed with pearl beads.