Usha Balakr­ish­nan

con­fer­ence cu­ra­tor and lead­ing jew­ellery his­to­rian

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Few are aware of how vast and deep the field of In­dian jew­ellery is. The con­fer­ence was in­tended, in some small mea­sure, to ful­fil a press­ing need to open this area to dis­cus­sion, thought and de­bate and bring the knowl­edge of this legacy to the pub­lic sphere. It re­vealed the many di­men­sions of jew­ellery in In­dia from some of the most re­spected schol­ars and ex­perts in the world. From the kharkhanas of the Mughals to the toshkhanas of ma­hara­jas, and from the mines of Gol­conda to the by-lanes of Be­naras, the talks ex­plored the his­tory of di­a­monds, and the dis­tinc­tive vo­cab­u­lary of In­dian jew­ellery, and jew­elled ac­cou­trements. [The sem­i­nar cov­ered] the cul­tural en­coun­ters be­tween In­dia and the iconic lux­ury houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Ar­pels from the very scions of the fam­ily, and the great jew­ellery sales of the cen­tury.

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