Friday, November 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I have long thought of what my next blog should be about. Several things enter my mind only to leave as suddenly as they had come. The next time I think about it I realize I don’t FEEL as much about that particular subject.

A few days back I felt that jolt of exhilaration where I had to tell myself to contain it. It happened in paharganj. One of my favourite jewelry haunts. I went to mohammad's shop and i tried hard not to let him bully me into buying the delicious new beads and chains he had in stock. (He does bully me, maybe because he sees how weak I can be). 

I keep reminding myself -stick to the list! And yet again, I did not.

As I left ,something in the next shop caught my eye. I generally never get anything there so I walked in with doubt. To my amazement I saw this huge stash of brass. And in shapes that I already loved the moment I saw them. So I wiped the drool off my face and bought me some brass.

Brass I love. It isn’t as shiny as gold but it can get a nice sheen to it. And it suits my preference for the old. These beads I cannot get over. I keep missing a heartbeat every time I hold them and look closely.

 I love how each bead is perfectly irregular. 

Here are samples of what I ended up making.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

faVouriTes #1

i'm very biased towards turquoise.
i love all gems, but turquoise has a special place in my heart .

more than a decade ago i learnt about rubies and sapphires in chemistry.

The ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruberLatin for red. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond.

so essentially rubies and sapphires are a result of "impurities" (chromium) being present in corundum. the idea of impurities resulting in precious stones just stuck on. 
So also with turquoise.
although unblemished, vein free and uniformly coloured turquoise is often desired, i have a penchant for the spiderweb veins that run across the stone.
Initially while buying earrings i often looked for pairs that had a similar network of veins, but lately my heart has opened up to dissimilar vein networks. ahh the liberty that comes with being open to "shortcomings".

here is a picture of my favourite turquoise piece. it has been wire wrapped with chalcedony ( another dreamy stone).
cheers to blemishes being beautiful.

Monday, June 20, 2011

it comes in flashes. i suddenly see this image (somewhere in my brain. not actually a hallucination ) of a piece of jewelry. 
well not all ideas for pieces are so dramatic. 
but some can be. and so i feel like this is "meant to be".

well other times i just open a magazine or go online and find "inspiration" - the well disguised plagiarism =)
and of course the flashes of ideas could just be latent pictures, ideas that have their origin in someone else's work.
we continually walk the very thin line between inspiration and plagiarism.

Its a very simple piece. not one i would sell to my usual customers.
i rarely wear the jewelry i make, but this is one of the few that i would. 

Why blog?

The blogs i visit regularly are specific in content.
I dont have one specific thing to talk about. Nor am i eloquent with words to describe the mundane/ amazing things about my day to day life, vacations, hang out, movies....
and so i havent blogged.
Until now.

Yesterday i got up wanting to work on new pieces of jewelry. Every time i get back to making jewelry after a hiatus i find it difficult to jump right in. Previous designs that are stored in come recess of my mind seem out of reach. There always seems to be a gap in the circuitry =)

So i thought, ooh this seems like a reason to blog about what i've already made (whether its good or bad photography). Plus my life is making room for a new camera. or two.
one in the family and one my own. (one little skip of joy)

Plus i think its time i get those random thoughts in my mind out into the world. the million and one opinions i have ( apparently its a sign of pride, or so i've heard from a certain preach) need to make its mark.

so here goes.