The ‘Ethnic Jewellery Collection’, on till October 1, gives a contemporary slant to ornaments.

Touches of classicism, folk and tribal craft lend a special ambience to the pre-festival ‘Ethnic Jewellery Collection,' presented by the Central Cottage Industries Emporium.

Bold, chunky, delicate and stylish, the oxidised silver, gold plated, terracotta, precious and semi precious stone encrusted jewellery pieces are uber chic in format yet celebrate age-old motifs and craft genres, fusing the old with the new.

Every jewellery genre gets a make-over in the collection. There is stunning lac jewellery interspersed with tribal silver pieces strung together with intricate thread work. The overall look is delicate, compelling and colourful.

Intricate work

Enormous silver medallions etched with tribal gods and goddesses hang from intricate thread work ‘malas.'

The delicacy of dhokra work is set off against chunky metal beads. And there are ‘hanslis' in turquoise and black onyx which are breathtaking in their bold beauty.

Not to be missed is the sterling silver ‘snake' neck pieces, delicately painted terracotta jewellery and traditional silver ‘kadas.'

Precious stones take a bow in traditional non fussy ruby and emerald neckpieces. And the beauty of amethyst, cat's eye, black onyx, turquoise and other semi precious stones is presented in a series of ‘multi malas.'

‘Ethnic Jewellery Collection,' is stylish, couture yet purse-friendly and impeccably finished. The exhibition is on view at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Temple Towers, 672 Anna Salai, Nandanam Chennai-35 till October 1.

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