September 2011

Diamonds in the Sky

The Bay area is known for a lot of things…its sense of responsibility to its community, its sense of style and its love for the unusual and unique.  So what better way to celebrate the spirit than to kick off the capital campaign with a gala to benefit The Redwoods, a community of seniors.

“True to its Spirit, the Board, donors and attendees of this soiree will gather at a philanthropist’s beautiful estate to buy the stunning designs presented by Sudha” remarked a donor.

I will be introducing this unique collection of alluring jewelry of diamonds and gems created for the discerning American woman! When you hold one of these pieces you realize that art and history come together. The different eras of India, the Mughal Nizam’s, The British Royalty and the Indian Princely States all fuse together and are represented in my collection.

You just need a little black dress to look spectacular in the diamond necklace, earring, ring or bracelet. Each is set with uncut pave diamonds in 14K gold with touches of silver.  A look that has taken the world of the beautiful people by storm.

This year at the Cannes Film Festival there were several celebrities with diamond collars and drop earrings parading their wares.  Again at the 2010 Oscars, Mariah Carey wore the heaviest diamond hoops I had ever seen.  My customers would definitely think twice about wearing them. So to keep a balance between beauty and comfort, my earrings are lighter and more wearable. Also, I believe jewelry should be able to be worn from morning business meetings and transition easily to more formal evening events.

Check out the jewelry thatthe stars wore and compare it to how much easier and “wear-friendly” mycollection is with all real rose cut diamonds at a fraction of the cost! (click HERE)

One writer commenting on the Oscar night said, “Jennifer Lopez’s Armani Prive gown was so full it warranted its own red carpet. That meant in many cases, the jewelry focus shifted from the neck to the wrist. Sarah Jessica Parker layered on as many diamond bangles as her delicate arm could bear to accentuate her Chanel Haute Couture gown.
Amanda Seyfried wore three stunning brown, champagne and mint diamond geometric cuffs by Lorraine Schwartz totaling 250 carats along with her voluminous Armani Prive gown.  And Sigourney Weaver pinned a diamond and ruby brooch to the shoulder of herred Lanvin gown. Best Actress Nominee Carey Mulligan’s dark Prada gown with cutaway hem was perfectly accented with 19th century cascading diamond and diamond briolette earrings and a delicate Everlon Diamond Knot Ring” (ref)

With so much talk of diamonds this year at Cannes and at the Oscars, is it little wonder that I am getting all this attention for the diamond jewelry line I am introducing this Fall? People who buy the jewelry on October 5thwill be pleased to know that I will be donating 100% of the profits from this event to The Redwoods and in addition I will be making a matching grant.

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Nizam Jewelry Collection


The Nizam of the Royal family of Hyderabad in India, was declared the “richest man in the world” by Time magazine in the 1940’s. His legendary jewels, one of the most famous in the world consisted of a fantastic collection of ornaments, loose precious stones, especially uncut diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

This jewelry collection, which formed a part of his enormous wealth and prestige of his royal estate and was built over the period that the Nizams ruled from 1792 to 1948. They follow a mixture of Muslim and Indian craftsmanship with a distinct leaning towards the Southern ‘Deccani’ workmanship acquired from the ‘Vijaynagar’ Kingdom.

The pieces were in gold and silver work embedded with uncut diamonds and edged with silver ‘kundan’ or just gold and silver work with diamonds and tear drop emeralds with enameled work on the back; intricate designs with a mixture of western influence and indigenous style.

The Jewels have inspired many famous creations by famous designers like Cartier. I too derived inspiration to create a line of diamond jewelry that reflects the rich cultural heritage of this era and are presented here.

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