When precious stones and valuable metals take the shape of birds, they become irresistible objets d’art. That’s how most jewellery designers and stores in the City of Pearls have created unique pieces inspired by birds. Be it Krsala, Amrapali or designers like Moni Agarwal, they all depict peacocks, parrots and even eagles while styling unique, yet traditional jewellery pieces. We present to you their range.
Text: Saima Afreen
There are many celebs such as actresses Lakshmi Manchu and Catherine Tresa besides designer Shaina NC herself who love Moni Agarwal’s work. Beauty queens such as Sushmita Sen, Diana Hayden and stars Shriya Saran and Amala Paul closer home have worn her work on the ramp. Says Moni, “People in Hyderabad love earrings in traditional peacock designs. I use rubies, diamonds and emeralds.” Her brand Zohrakshi has a thumbs up from ace tennis star Sania Mirza who wore her pieces at the India International Jewellery Week held this year.
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Bollywood stars like Vidya Balan and Kiron Kher have endorsed Krsala. The jewellery chain specialises in desgining beautiful peacocks and parrots in ruby, diamond and emerald set in precious metals of gold and platinum. The store at Road No. 1, Banjara Hills also makes bracelets and finger-rings. Says the owner and designer Bunty Bajaj, “Designs of peacocks are hot and trendy in South India. I did designs on parrots based on artist Vaikuntham’s paintings of the birds.” For weddings, traditional designs are in demand.” Price on request. Details: 2339 0213
Vasundhara Jewellers goes beyond peacocks and parrots to feature swans, and even eagles. They are now coming up with a new store in Vijayawada. Says Neha the designer and prime stake-holder of the chain, “Swans are popular as they are elegant birds. For those who love a bit of power play, we have eagle, the symbol of victory.”Price on request. Details: 2335 8683
Amrapali is known for its intricate tribal jewellery designs. Their range called ‘Tribe by Amrapali’ has peacocks in many shapes and sizes. Says Kavita, the store manager at Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, “Our customers almost always come back to us for cocktail rings.” Price for a silver-gold plated necklace and earrings set is `58,000. The cost of hanging peacock pearl jhumki is Rs.11,660. Details: 2335 0130