Art Karat returns to Coimbatore with another exquisite collection, called Begum

You must have gasped in awe when you saw that gorgeous neckpiece Madhuri Dixit wore in Devdas, or Aiswariya Rai wore in Jodha Akbar, or the other leading ladies wore in Monsoon Wedding and Zubeida. Well, here is a chance to own something made by the very same jewellers, Art Karat. The jewellery makers showcase their latest collection called “Begum” at The Residency in Coimbatore

This collection designed by Asha Kamal Modi and Kamal Modi is inspired by the Royal jewellery of the Mughal queens - Noor Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal and Jahanara Begum. They are made with silver and coated with white or yellow gold. The precious and semi precious stones, add the colour. Some of the stones used are emerald, ruby, sapphire, peridot, rose quartz, jade, tourmaline and citrine. There are some exquisite kundan jewellery, too

Tiny white and yellow sapphire chips break the monotony of the gold sheen.

The costliest piece at the exhibition is a neckpiece. It costs a lakh and is embedded with amethyst, green onyx, tourmaline, peridot, topez and citrine. Pearls cultivated in the fresh water ponds in Sri Lanka add a regal touch. There is a pearl necklace called Mumtaz. It harks back to the Mughal era and costs Rs 72,850. The locket with emerald stones and sapphire chips were impeccably crafted. However, the crown designed like the one Mumtaz Mahal wore, in yellow sapphire and pearls stole the show. Cameras flashed as the model posed with the royal headgear.

Earrings with hoops of blue and black coral beads are funky and elegant. There are beautiful Jhumkas with elaborate Minakari work, stones and pearls. A black pair worth Rs.36, 450 is particularly finely crafted. There are around 1000 pieces in 700 designs starting at Rs. 2000. Ornaments for the hair such as tikas, jhumars and brooches are an added attraction. The exhibition is on at The Residency till August 12, between 11.00 a.m and 8.00 p.m.