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Father-son duo Samirendra Nath Dutta and Arijit Dutta, owners of Dutta’s

Dutta’s is a treasure trove of exquisite artefacts and jewellery

The Telegraph gets the first look

By Pramita Ghosh
  • Published 30.01.20, 7:57 PM
  • Updated 30.01.20, 7:57 PM
  • a min read
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Creativity takes courage” said French artist Henri Matisse. Once you make your way through Dutta’s on Southern Avenue, you would realise the importance of the saying because this lifestyle space is all about exquisite carvings on stones that will blow your mind away. Spread across 3,500sq ft (approx), this space is a treasure trove for people who have a taste for unique sculptures intricately carved out of precious and semi-precious stones like emerald, agate, quartz, jasper, tourmaline, ruby and amethyst. The store houses a beautiful jewellery collection too, called Akshita!

“The jewellery sets that we have are only one piece, you wouldn’t find the same design again. In a market where only gold jewellery is everywhere we wanted to offer something unique, so we decided to create using multiple precious stones in the piece along with gold and diamonds,” said father-son duo Samirendra Nath Dutta and Arijit Dutta, owners of Dutta’s.

If you want to do up your house, office space, there are many motifs to choose from — tribal and modern art, motifs like shisha, Ganesha, Buddha and gymnasium postures et al. “We have been doing this for 15 years, so all the designs and choosing of stones are all self-inspired. We source the precious stones mostly from countries like Italy, Afghanistan, Peru, New Zealand, Australia and Brazil,” said Samirendra.

Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
One of the eye-catchers here is this African mother, who is seen lovingly protecting her family. “This is almost like the mother is holding and hiding them from anything negative so that they can sleep peacefully,” explained Arijit.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
The first floor is beautifully done, dimly lit and has stone-washed walls. “The store has been designed by my father and we wanted to give an ethnic traditional look. It took us almost two years to make this store,” said Arijit.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
The ground floor has a section where you can actually see the raw versions of the precious and semi-precious stones imported from various countries. They also have some carving tools on display.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
If you are looking for something small, then there is the Royal Carriage collection that has carriages made of various stones, with wheels made of silver with gold rim. “When I had travelled to London at the age of 12-13, I had first seen carriages, so that impression had always stayed in my mind, so I decided why not do something with this,” said Samirendra.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
A stack of real books? Nah! It’s an installation made of marble and various stones like green-blue fluorite, sillimanite, green aventurine, blue aventurine, blue opal, blood stone, yellow jasper and butter jade, that took more than two-and-a-half years to finish.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Known as the Dog Family, this piece is carved out of jasmine jade, orange topaz, green-blue onyx and marble and took nearly nine months to be made.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
“We have been dealing with gems for a long time but this is the first time we have got into jewellery making. Like the artefacts, these, too, are single pieces with original designs. Our exclusive jewellery line is called Akshita,” said the owners. What we loved about the collection is the contemporariness of the designs that are anything but common. Each piece is handmade meticulously with gem stones that complement the designs. There are medium-sized to chunky pieces that come with either bracelets or finger rings, besides the neckpiece and earrings. Jessica Aaron and Diti Saha are seen sporting some stunning jewellery by the label.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
The Egyptian Ra piece (left) is made with jasmine jade and 18-carat gold
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Diti is seen wearing the Twin Swan piece that is made with stones like lapis lazuli, butter jade, white agate, black tourmaline and blue aventurine put together with gold.
Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Photo Credit: Store and product pictures: Rashbehari Das
Pink, red and blue opal are used with amethyst to create this Butterfly set that is studded with diamond and 18-carat gold. We loved the spurt of colours, the butterfly motif and the contemporary girlie design.