Smithsonian Spring 2012

Please see our new Kashmiri Mineral Box at Smithsonian and also in the Spring 2012 catalog.

Description from Smithsonian:

This tiny treasures Kashmiri Mineral Box showcases the centuries-old craft of Kashmiri wirework. Adorned with floral granulations, the gemstone inlays showcase carnelian and aventurine.  1″h. x 4.2″l. x 3.25″d.

Museum Provenance

Imagine yourself a traveler in Africa or Asia. Awed by the sights, you wander through the local shops, searching for something special to bring home to represent the cultures you’ve seen. Shop our mini world market and delight in these artisan offerings from Africa and India. Each of these lovely treasures is representative of holdings in our National Museums of African Art and Natural History.

Summer Stones

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):
Stay tuned, more stones to follow…