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    Actor Amrita Rao, the muse for this year’s Jaipur Jewellery Show, will soon talk about jewellery on TV

    WROWING up, actress Amrita Rao would wait for every opportunity to dig into her mother’s jewellery box. She was particularly fond of gold. So, as soon as she started modelling, while in school, she bought herself gold bangles. And, her fascination with jewellery only continues.

    This year, Rao’s been chosen as the face of the 13th edition of the Jaipur Jewellery Show, an expo of jewellery makers from across the country. She’ll also be seen hosting the first televised version of the expo in NDTV Good Times’ new series, where she’ll walk you through the reputed jewellery houses of Jaipur and offer insight into the heritage of kundan, polki and jadau, as well as the art of minakari. Rao, who starts shooting for a Hindi film next month, tells us about her latest show and her TV fix.

    What did working on the TV show teach you about jewellery?
    I learnt the whole concept behind the ancient art of minakari (enamelling on metal surface). The queens used to have rather delicate skin, and the layer of enamel would prevent their skin from any reaction. And, that pink minakari is rarer than green and blue.

    And, what else?
    That uncut ruby may seem so ordinary that a layman can walk past it without giving it a second look. Only the experienced eye of a jeweller can identify the right ones.

    What do you look for while buying jewellery?
    It should be value for money. Also, I buy lightweight jewellery. You don’t want to be bogged down by the weight of the jewellery.

    Prized possession in your jewellery box.
    There is a dollar given to me by my grandmother, who got it from her mother-in-law. My forefathers were from Burma. So when Japan attacked Burma, they had to leave overnight and come to Mangalore. In the midst of this historic chaos, she managed to bring this dollar along. I recently got a nice chain made for it.

    Early TV days.
    I grew up watching Malgudi Days, Nukkad and Dekh Bhai Dekh. And, all of Sajid Khan and Javed Jaffrey’s histrionics. Then came MTV Love Line. That era of TV was special.

    What are you watching now?
    I watch a lot of fashion, food and travel shows. I also watch episodics like TVF Pitchers; they are informative and entertaining.
    Show premieres on November 20 on NDTV Good Times. Friday, 8 pm.
    — Barkha Kumari

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