We are visiting the Calcutta Botanical Garden in India today; the grounds of which hold an amazing collection of over 12,000 varieties of plants and trees.
Amidst the garden's lakes and ponds are bamboo and palm trees, orchids, and an enormous banyan tree (the garden's most well-known landmark). India is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Amrita Singh.
Amrita Singh Jewelry, launched 6 years ago, is without question stylish, bold, and beautiful. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T), the former executive of New York's Bergdorf Goodman, who has collaborated with fashion legends Oscar de la Renta and Christian Lacroix, has a myriad of inspiration and experience from which to draw.
Amrita Singh Jewelry boasts a fine jewelry collection in 22-karat gold; and nine, modern costume jewelry collections the most well known being Bangle-Bangle.
Each collection features statement pieces, influenced by Egyptian, Victorian, and Indian motifs, with precious and semi-precious stones and brilliant colored enamel. It comes as no surprise that the Fashion Group International has nominated Singh three years in a row for the Rising Star Award in Fine Jewelry.
Singh's exotic, intricate detailing comes from years of studying the timeless art and architecture of the Mughal dynasty. Using Old World designs as a template she builds new, modern pieces of jewelry that are alternately sleek and buoyant.
Singh definitely offers plenty from which to choose. Her creations can be worn casually with jeans, or add an extra touch of sophistication to that little, black dress.
Her vibrant fashion jewelry has been featured in magazines such as InStyle, Brides, Glamour, and Vogue; and celebrities from Anne Hathaway to Faith Hill are fans.
In 2007, Toronto's Sikh Centennial Foundation presented Singh with an entrepreneurial award. Her fine and costume jewelry collections are sold online and can be found, respectively, at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Nordstrom.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Cleopatra Cuff Bracelet
Photo 2 (bottom left): 15-piece Green Bangle Bracelet Set