Tuesday, November 16, 2010


The 16th century structure, Agra Fort, located in Agra, India is one of the country’s most important structures of the Mughal dynasty.

Built of red sandstone, it stands 70 feet tall and encompasses a “great courtyard”, and gorgeous mosques. India is also home to featured jewelry designer Neeru Goel.

Goel turned a voracious love of jewelry into a jewelry making hobby and business. Growing up in Kolkata, India she spent many years collecting gemstones and jewelry.

Her grandmother challenged her to “look into each and every detail from the techniques used to make the jewelry to the materials used to make the jewelry,” she says.

She draws from a rich palette taking a no holds barred design approach. Her sophisticated and elegant gemstone earrings, silver cross pendants, and gemstone necklaces serve as a beautiful guide through ancient East Indian jewelry styles and techniques.

With the exception of gold jewelry, Goel deftly creates stunning pieces characterized by understated proportions, unique design patterns and bold color.

There are plenty of gemstones to ogle including black and green onyx, peridot, carnelian, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, garnet, yellow chalcedony, moonstone and rose quartz.

She incorporates lovely openwork minutiae called jali in cuff bracelets, pendant necklaces and her Peaceful Pearl Dangle Earrings.

She then tackles complex, engraved jewelry designs such as her Elephant Secrets Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelets, as well as gorgeous meenakari enamel art with her exquisite sterling silver Florli Shield Cufflinks.

Again, her collections are striking microcosms of India’s jewelry history that are modern, chic, and stylish.

Even within her trendier pieces, like the leaf and heart earrings, she manages to streamline and maintain the stunning grandeur and visual power of traditional aesthetics. It is a sheer tour de force.
Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver Chalcedony Yellow Petals Choker Necklace
Photo 2 (center): Amethyst and Garnet Sparkle Tennis Bracelet
Photo 3 (bottom left): Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Royal Moon Earrings
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