Blog on jewellery

Today's jewellery - silver leaves

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I have always been fascinated by Mother Nature, and I feel you just need to look at her for all textures, shapes and colors and its shades. The leaf is one such thing. Whatever color it has, and whatever form it is; fresh or dry, it has a beauty. As I walk in the park, I always pick up leaves that are fallen in the ground and admire its colors. So here it is a lovely leaf in different forms; leaf with stones, with turquoise, with a flower and with some silver balls. The technique is called fold forming; an...

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Open ring today's project

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Open ring today's project

Made this ring today. Not completely polished. But I liked that slightly blackish tint. Like oxidised.

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Kaarthigai deepam - Festival of Lamps - Spread the light

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Kaarthigai deepam - Festival of Lamps - Spread the light

Yesterday (17 Nov)  was Karthigai Deepam. In TamilNadu it is grandly celebrated. The entire place is lit with oil lamps on the streets, inside the house, etc. If the street is narrow its a delight to the eyes, because all the lamps are closer to each other, since the houses are also closeby. You need to see it to experience the feeling.Karthigai Deepam is a festival for Lord Murugan and Lord Shiva. Sweets are made and poojas are offered at home and at temples. The kids enjoy by bursting crackers.In the famous temple Thiruvanamalai, today the Maga Deepam is lit....

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Wedding jewellery in India-Haaram

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Wedding jewellery in India-Haaram

This is a jewellery that is worn by the bride along with the other jewellery. Basically the bride is decked with jewellery from the neck to her waist.In Tamilnadu you can see a bride may be wearing a choker, a necklace, a haram, a Kaasumaalai on her neck.There are some gaps in between the jewellery worn. But in Kerala, it starts from the bride's neck to her Ottiyanam, and there are usually no gaps. The arrangement of jewellery is beautiful. And also in TamilNadu they believe a lot in jewellery being heavy. They dont buy light weight jewellery. But in...

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Bridal jewellery - Karugamani - Black and gold beads

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Bridal jewellery - Karugamani - Black and gold beads

This is a simple chain with black beads on it.  In our community in TamilNadu, the bride-groom's sister gifts it to the bride. Before even the bride-groom ties the sacred thaali on the bride's neck, this Karugamani is given by the sister-in-law to the bride. You also get this with pendants. There are also varieties where a single gold chain comes in between the two Karagamani line of beads.Completely hand made with loops and black beads.Again there are different customs in each state. In Karnataka, this Karugamani itself is worn as a sacred thaali with their custom pendants.Thaali is a...

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