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Simply Silver

The exhibition of silver articles and jewellery at Elahe till September 6 is worth a look.

WITH THE beginning of the festival season (also marriage) it's time for shopping — for the family and homes and gifts for friends and relatives. Gold and silver is an invariable must-buy for such occasions. S.R. Artefacts (from Mumbai) spread out their silver jewellery and articles at Elahe (Road no. 2, Banjara Hills) from today till Saturday (September 6). These silver souvenirs and jewellery are exotic and exquisite.

The range is wide, the price varies with the commodity and the quality is to be vouched for. Creativity and innovation is the key for such business ventures. And surely the threesome (Renu Jalan, Shobha Sarawgi and Vandana Sarawgi) who run this venture have it in abundance. For it's not just silver articles which are fashioned, but their ingenuity is reflected in mixing silver with other things like marble, glass, mother of pearl, semi-precious stones, onyx and enamel.

One would have a better idea of the objects if one has a look.

Besides some regular items like candle stands, dinner sets or tea sets, there are some unique ones as well — which can perhaps be called `fusion' pieces. A few examples will amplify what this means. Old wooden printing blocks are encased in sheets of silver with the designs on the block beaten in silver. In different shapes and sizes with varied motifs (floral and animals like elephant), these can be placed in any niche or can be used as tabletops as well.

Silver has been combined with glass effectively. Glass bowls and glasses have designs (mainly floral) embossed in silver or are rimmed in interesting ways. Silver cases (with motifs) hold big glass bowls (these are used in dinner sets as one can just take out the bowl for washing). These elegant bowls add a regal touch to the dining table. There are other utilitarian showpieces as well. A glass base with two `branches' (in silver) holds two glass bowls (which are inserted into the silver casing), while there is a silver leaf patterned on to the glass. These bowls can hold anything — chocolates, nuts, potpourri and so on. Candle stands (which can hold two or three candles) with onyx bases, flower vases with designer silver `cases', silver plates (pooja plates) with enamel borders with motifs, napkin rings with a miniature fork, spoon and knife attached, photo frames with enamel, paan box with removable containers inside are some of the novel items. The pooja thalis with the diya, a container for camphor and dhoop and a small bell on a plate are also imaginatively done.

A gift set for corporates includes a small item to be kept on the table, a key-chain and a big paper clip all with Ganesha engraved in silver. The silver articles cost in the range of Rs. 500 to Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000.

In the jewellery section silver is combined with semi-precious stones. From pendants, chains and bracelets to earrings and bangles, there is an impressive range in traditionally crafted designs. Beads and pearls too are combined with silver pendants. The stones and pearls are sourced from various places like Jaipur, Thailand and China.

Renu Jalan and Shobha Sarawgi started operating from their home on a small scale a decade ago. With just a tray of key chains in different designs they diversified to many things. "We design the pieces ourselves. We look at a lot of catalogues and artefacts and work out various designs," says Renu Jalan.

"The maintenance is important in silver. So we ensure that the quality of the metal is guaranteed. We use sterling silver as well as silver. As sterling is not as malleable as silver, it is used for bigger items. We ensure that the item is functional and can be handled by one and all. The items can be easily cleaned too," adds Vandana Sarawgi.

The threesome operate from their boutique at home in Mumbai.

Over the years, they have acquired the trust of their clientele in Mumbai. They hold exhibitions in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmendabad. This is their first visit to Hyderabad. They undertake orders too.

If you miss out this exhibition, one can also contact them in Mumbai as well: Shobha Sarawgi: 022- 24974640, Vandana Sarawgi: 022-24937223, Renu Jalan: 022-23631253.

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