Summer is fast approaching and the flowers are in bloom. The colors of the gem stones resemble the flowers in nature.
Silver took a plunge after an enormous hike this year. Prices in India, however, did not ease too much. With silver being somewhat out of reach, I have been working on jewelry with semi-
precious and precious stones. As I uncover the significance of stones , symbols and colors in Eastern culture, it has been fun weaving them into meaningful jewelry and textiles. Here are a few stones that are in my collection:
Amethyst stands for spirituality:
Aquamarine is for courage
Carnelian protects the wearer (protects against envy, fear, and rage. Brings acceptance and serenity):
"Sudha Pennathur is the most outstanding, innovative and dynamic woman entrepreneur that I know. I first met her when I was Consul General of India in New York during the 1986 -89 period, when she came to invite to a show of her traditional Indian jewellery and gift items at the Saks Department Store on Fifth Avenue. Since then I have seen her steady progress to great heights in this highly competitive field. She has made a great contribution to the promotion and marketing of high quality traditional Indian jewellery and gift items in the US. India, particularly its artisans in Rajasthan and Tamilnadu, are deeply grateful and highly appreciative of this; so are the Indian NGOs which she has been generously supporting."
-Alan Nazareth served in India’s diplomatic and consular missions in Tokyo, Rangoon, Lima, London, Chicago and New York and as India’s High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Liberia, Upper Volta, Togo, Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador & Belize.