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Temple touch to jewellery

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 15: Jewellery inspired by the architecture on Khujuraho, Konark, Tirupati and Tanjore temples are on display at an exhibition at Hotel Trident.

Delhi-based Art Karat has created the collection, titled “Temple”. It was the brainchild of gemologist and jewellery designer Asha Modi, who came up with this collection after an extensive research on temple motifs

“The collection is inspired by the motifs on sculptures on temples in Khajuraho, Konark, Tirupati and Thanjavur. The focus is on embossed gold mixed with kundan and integration of precious stones,” said Sushil Kumar, a member of Art Karat.

The unique element in the jewellery is the recreation of dancing deities and embossed images of Gods such as Ganesha and Krishna as seen on ancient temple walls.

These designs have been set at the centre of the ornaments. Some of the pieces also have pearls, rudraksh and tulasi. The prices of these items range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,50,000.

First launched in Chennai, the line was then launched in Mumbai and Calcutta, following which the ensemble came to Bhubaneswar.

Actor Prakruti Mishra and model Deepika launched the jewellery in Bhubaneswar.

“The craftsmanship is so perfect that each piece in this collection is worth preserving,” said Prakruti.

From here, it will go to Delhi. Actress Soha Ali Khan and her mother Sharmila Tagore have already collected some of the items. “Sharmila Tagore was our brand ambassador at the Mumbai launch ceremony,” said Kumar.

This collection has been exhibited across the US, UK, Singapore and Australia. The collection includes accessories such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bajubandhs, tikas, rings and pins.