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The love for gold in India is immense. Of all precious metals, gold has had a traditional importance. As a child I heard tales of the treasuries of the late Rajas and Ranis overflowing with it. The brilliance of gold blends well with the wide palate of colour seen in Indian costumes and environments and it certainly suits the dusky brown skin tone. I suppose it is like wearing sunshine with the rays of the Indian summers reflecting nicely off the metal.

“The love for gold in India is immense. As a child I heard tales of the treasuries of the late Rajas and Ranis overflowing with it.”

Coming from a south Indian family that valued heirloom jewellery, it is naturally important to me. I am intrigued by the sophistication in design, detail, purity of gold, craftsmanship and the story that each piece of jewellery tells. The jewellery I wore for my engagement recently has inspired me to write this article.

Human beings across ages have had a symbiotic relationship with nature. Animals, flowers, birds, water, and the very patterns that surround us are reflected in Indian jewellery. This art of nature combined with the imagination of the human-mind has inspired and resulted in creative art forms of great civilisations. The carvings on south Indian temples depicting the life of kings and gods has inspired antique temple jewellery. Like the murals on temples I believe every piece of jewellery tells a story and here is mine.

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Gifted by my aunt, these diamond earrings set in 22 carat gold danced on my ears and with me for my engagement party. The splendour of peacocks have inspired jewellery and art for a long time. The peacock happens to be the national animal of India too. The special feature of this pair is that the tail nicely curves around the ear, the ruby in the eye and the pearl that hangs opposite the entrance of the ear.

To me, this gift encapsulates a memory of an important occasion, reminds me of my aunt and India in addition to being such a pleasure to wear. The peacock earrings will hopefully dance through time to the next generation encapsulating another layer of memories.

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“These diamond peacock earrings danced on my ears and with me for my engagement party.”

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Srikirti Kodali


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