The 21st Cen­tury

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Also on dis­play are the works of two mod­ern In­dian jewellers - Viren Bha­gat and the late Munnu Kasli­wal. Bha­gat, the pre­mier haute-joail­lier of In­dia, de­signs jew­els that have a per­son­al­ity of their own – clas­si­cal yet con­tem­po­rary and an­cient gems in mod­ern set­tings. A stun­ning ‘Swag’ neck­lace is cen­tred on a mag­nif­i­cent pear-shaped Gol­conda di­a­mond that is strung on six rows of lus­trous, per­fectly matched nat­u­ral pearls. The piece de ré­sis­tance from Bha­gat’s âte­lier is a kalgi, a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a clas­si­cal Mughal tur­ban jewel. Re­main­ing faith­ful to the an­cient her­itage of In­dia, Munnu Kasli­wal’s jew­els for The Gem Palace are grand, ex­otic and eclec­tic. They in­clude an en­tire suite of wed­ding jew­els com­pris­ing a neck­lace, a head­dress and a pair of ear­rings, all set with rose-cut di­a­monds and pearls.

Wed­ding head­dress; Munnu Kasli­wal, The Gem Palace, Jaipur, 2004; gold, sil­ver, di­a­monds, pearls; col­lec­tion of The Gem Palace, Jaipur.

“Kalgi”brooch; Viren Bha­gat; Bha­gat, Mumbai, 2013; plat­inum, di­a­monds, emerald, pearls; Bha­gat col­lec­tion, Mumbai.

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