The Telegraph
| Sunday, October 30, 2016 |


Divine moments

This festive season, the makers of luxury goods from across the world are invoking Indian gods for their blessings. The popular ones are, of course, Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, and Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. So, Swarovski, Lalique and Lladro with their fine statuettes, and Rubinato, AP Limited Edition and Noblia with their India-inspired pens have gone the divine way in this season of gifting. Here are the top picks. 

Swarovski Limited Edition Ganpati

This is a glittering example of Swarovski’s crystal-making expertise. Limited to 300 numbered editions, the Ganpati statuette is 22cm tall and 13cm wide and covered with over 45,000 multi-coloured crystals set by hand. Each statuette takes 350 hours to create and comes with a certificate of authenticity. There are still a few available if one places an
order soon enough.

Price: Rs 7 lakh approx.
Available at: Swarovski resellers

Lalique Lord Ganesh Sculpture

This is French crystal company Lalique’s take on Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom, knowledge, fine arts and success. In the clear crystal sculpture, Ganesh imposes his majestic and portly stature on a pedestal decorated with lotus and his mount, the mouse. This is a limited run of 2,500 numbered pieces, each 27cm x 18cm and tipping the scales at 12kg.

Price: On request
Available at: Lalique resellers

Noblia Lakshmi and Ganesha Two Tone Limited Edition Fountain Pens

Noblia, a Hong Kong-based pen brand, specialises in pens themed exclusively on Indian gods. Two pens that stand out in the collections are the Lakshmi and Ganesha pens in silver with gold detailing. The pens are plated with 925 silver, encrusted with rubies and touched with gold. The pens come in a limited edition of 381 each.

Price: Lakshmi  Rs 1.31 lakh; Ganesha Rs 1.25 lakh
Available at: William Penn stores

Rubinato Ganesh Quill Pen

Rubinato of Italy, famous for its feather and glass dip pens, has brought out a new series exclusively for India. The pens come with an image of Ganesha just above the grip section and a Ganesha statuette that works as a pen-stand. The pack includes a bottle of ink to match the colour of feather (there are six) that you choose.

Price: Rs 6,595
Available at: William Penn stores

AP Limited Edition Ganesha Lakshmi Russian Lacquer Art Fountain Pen

The pen pays tribute to Ganesha and Lakshmi who are worshipped during Diwali. The pen has been created by master artist Natasha Kurkina, who is an expert in the Palekh technique of lacquer art of Russia. The handmade pen is part of a limited edition of just nine such instruments, no two of which are exactly alike.

Price: Rs 4.20 lakh
Available at: William Penn stores

Lladro Goddess Sri Lakshmi and limited edition of four Ganeshas

This Lakshmi is a part of Spanish porcelain company Lladro’s series on Hindu figurines. Crafted in fine porcelain in Valencia, Spain, the figure is about 22cm tall. Lladro is also offering a limited edition of four Ganeshas in which three are playing the bansuri, the mridangam and the veena, and fourth is dancing. There are only 3,000 going of each.

Price: Lakshmi Rs 90,000; Ganesha: Rs 1.55 lakh each
Available at: Lladro stores

Compiled by Abhijit Mitra