Art Karat's spring collection ‘Eternal by Asha' features traditional kundan jewellery in brilliant colours

Topaz, pearls, emeralds, rubies, sapphire, corals and other precious and semi-precious stones glisten in the Council Hall of The Residency. Around 700 pieces of jewellery, mainly traditional kundan , have been brought in by Art Karat for its five-day exhibition in the city.

Asha Kamal Modi's new spring collection, titled ‘Eternal by Asha' features a range of earrings, necklaces, tikas, brooches, bangles and bracelets.

The exhibition opened with a model showcasing a beautiful kundan set, complete with earrings, a necklace and a bracelet. Made of gold-plated silver and studded with pearls, this ensemble is best suited for dressy occasions and is priced at Rs. 1,45,000.

Designers Asha and Saket Modi's collections have featured in movies such as “Devdas”, “Monsoon Wedding” and “Zubeidaa”. Craftsmen from Kolkata, Bikaner, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad work on these collections.

Some of the necklaces are inspired by traditional kundan designs such as the Pankha (Rajasthan)and the Champakalli (Western Uttar Pradesh). The long ruby, emerald and sapphire-studded necklace finished with a pendant impresses.

The pendant features a frame with a hand-painted portrait of Radha and Krishna.

Large pendants rule in this collection. As for the chains, they come in all sizes. There are tiny beaded chains of smoky topaz and amethyst ending with pendants in melanite as well thin gold-plated chains with ruby and emerald pendants. Suiting contemporary tastes are Saket Modi's designs in coral and mother of pearl. Teaming traditional kundan designs of leaves and flowers with mother-of-pearl beads, these chunky necklaces are different.

Earrings are aplenty too. An elegant seven-inch dangler with nine strings in jade and khambhati (Indian ruby from Rajasthan) is priced at Rs. 18,000. Chunky bracelets decorated with precious stones, delicate tikas with ruby and emerald drops are also available.

“Coimbatore has always been a great market for us. Every year, our sales here record a 20 per cent increase. We are looking at setting up a permanent outlet here,” says Sushil Kumar, production manager, Art Karat. The collection on display is priced between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 1,50,000.

The Art Karat exhibition is on at The Residency till January 8. For details, call: 095600-03516.