December issue 2010
Jewels in the Crown
This extravagant necklace featuring rubies in the middle of a sea of polki kundan, is a fusion of a Victorian piece and one belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Kundan with pink tourmaline and green meena, a specialty of Udaipur, Rajasthan: this Mughal set is a museum replica of one owned by Queen Noor Jehan.
These fresh pearls, turquoise and meena strings from the jewel collection of the Rajasthan royal family, can be worn together or as separates.
This elegant necklace made of polki kundan and meena is fashioned from Victorian and Nizam of Hyderabad jeweled pieces.
A piece often worn by the Nizam of Hyderabad, this understated replica is made of polki kundan with green meena embellishment.
An extravagant piece, the original belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad, this piece features polki kundan and rubies set with fused silver/gold.
The soaring price of gold has created a high demand for substitutes. So when silver jewellery with some gold content is fashioned to look like the real thing and embellished with genuine precious and semi-precious gems, it makes for some affordable, yet exquisite pieces that become heirlooms in their own right.
Ahmad Haroon Khan is the man behind the ingenious idea of replicating the original jewelled treasures of the Mughals, Victorian royalty and the princely states of India. Made in Jodhpur and Udaipur by kaarigars who are the descendants of the original craftsmen of this jewellery, Haroon makes sure to retain the quality and precision of the original museum pieces, so as to make the wearer feel like royalty. To make the pieces as affordable as possible, he mixes pure silver with a few grams of gold so as to give them their colour and to prevent the silver from tarnishing. His polkitoo, is combined with kundan, whereas all his stones and crystals are real.
Voila! Jewellery fit for a queen!
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