‘Gold Tex­tures Are In’

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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.

Trendy ban­gles

Tex­tured gold and di­a­mond ear studs.

Moon­stone- and di­a­mond­stud­ded jhumkis.

Pais­ley mo­tifs adorn these gold jhumkis, fringed with pearl beads.

Ahalya S.

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