Friday, August 13, 2010

DEEPSHIKHA

Built over three hundred years ago, the ominous Red Fort located in Delhi, India stands on the shoreline of the Yamuna River and is a popular tourist attraction. India is also home to featured jewelry designer Deepshikha.


The progeny of jewelers based in the cosmopolitan city of Jaipur, Deepshikha was steeped in a grand tradition of art and jewelry making.

"Jaipur is a mesmerizing city filled with majestic ancient monuments and architecture that enthrall people around the world," she says.

"I come from a family of jewelry artists, after completing my bachelor's degree in art, I joined them."

Jaipur's jewelry industry has been in existence for over three centuries and is the center for some of the world's finest jewelry. Styles ranging from Meenakari to gold to diamond and Kundankari pieces each have a place in the city's jewelry sector.

Incorporating sterling silver is popular among many contemporary Indian jewelers. Deepshikha's sterling silver creations of pendant necklaces, rings, and earrings are a subtle but distinctive amalgamation of ancient and modern aesthetics.

Her ability to create minimal yet complex structures, such as her Mirror Image Ring, is extraordinary. It is an ultramodern piece with sculptural outlines accented with dark red garnet stones.

I love the muted, ethereal color of moonstone and her Moonbeams Pendant Necklace is a great showcase for it. The gemstone overlays a rich detail of tiny, sterling silver discs fusing an aura of the ages within a streamlined arrangement that is refined and elegant.

Deepshikha's level of skill and artisanship is evident in all of her pieces from her choice of gemstones like lapis lazuli and carnelian to her varied metal textures.

"My husband, who is also a jeweler, works with me to design exclusive sterling silver models using gemstones with a touch of Jaipuri tradition. It feels great to work as a team and we are happy to reach out to people across the globe."
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Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver and Moonstone Moonbeams Pendant Necklace
Photo 2 (bottom left): Sterling Silver Mirror Image Cocktail Ring with Garnets
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