Blending age-old sculptures that form the root of our culture with contemporary designs that speak of class and elegance is what the latest ‘Temple’ collection by ‘Art Karat’ is all about. The ongoing exhibition-cum-sale at Hotel Abad Plaza displays a range of jewellery collection that is inspired by the motifs on the divine sculptures at the temples of Khajuraho, Konark, Tirupati and Thanjavur. The designs which are crafted by Asha Kamal Modi, through her latest collection fulfills the inner most desire of a woman to look like a princess.
Drawing her inspirations from the basic elements of nature together with the rich Indian heritage is what each ornament at display reflects upon. Ask Vikas Gupta, personal relations manager, the inpiration behind the collection, he says, “Temple jewellery is inspired from the ornaments worn by Devadasis. But later these jewelleries transformed into bridal jewellery. Since gold prices are soaring high, these kind of designer jewellery are much more affordable and evokes the same respect.”
One of the eye catching piece is the Omkar necklace with earrings and bangle which has embossed Ganesha on silver plated base with 22k gold studded with precious authentic gemstones, cultured and semi-precious natural stones. “This piece mainly focuses on kundan work and costs `38,000,” says Vikas.
The ‘Saraswati long gopuram necklace’ with its long rudraksha chain is embossed in gold and designed to finesse with kundan, ruby and green onyx. Another striking piece that is both trendy and exclusive is the Kavya necklace with ruby and sapphire stones.
Another highlight from the collection are ornaments that can be worn from both sides. “Meymana series and Chandrika series can be worn inside-out. One can have two ornament investing on a single piece,” adds Vikas.
Then there are collections titled Khajurao, Konark and Venkateshwara which are inspired from the respective temples. “ArtKarat’s ornaments were featured in films like Devdas, Monsoon Wedding and Kamasutra. The price range starts from `5000 and we also offer life time maintenance for the ornaments. The jewellery bought here can be exchanged within one year with 75 per cent cash back,” informs Vikas.
The Temple collection includes a beautiful range of necklaces, dangling earrings, chokers, stone-studded kadas, arm-bands, anklets, bajubandhs, tikas, rings and pins. There are more than 700 designs on display at the expo which is on till January 20.