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    Esha Bagla crafts timeless travel friendly jewellery

    A trained gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, Esha Bagla’s jewellery is just that bit edgy. Her traditional Indian influence comes out strongly in her statement cuffs, neckpieces, rings, earrings and even waist bands in a mix of silver and metal alloy that are then gold-plated (except for fashion jewellery). She has worked with the likes of James de Givenchy — celebrity designer in New York, jewellery designer Janis Savitt, and at Henri Bendel in New York. “I’ve always been interested in design, art, fashion, accessories, indie films and dance. And jewellery was a natural transition for me,” she shares.

    Looking forward
    Bagla uses uncommon precious and semi-precious stones like labradorite, rose quartz, amethyst, citrines and rubies to create pieces that cater to the globe-trotting Indian woman. Elaborate and dressy, these pieces are ideal for destination weddings – from where Bagla drew her inspiration. Her stones are sourced from across the country and even from Thailand. Currently working with a select set of experienced karigars, Bagla hopes to add 3D printing soon. “My brother is building his own 3D printer which helps with intricate designs that karigars cannot make by hand,” she enthuses. We were impressed with her mix of designs that range from sophisticated long chains with pearls and flower-cut cuffs to colourful lacquer-finish kadas and cuboid rings.
    Rs.1,800 upwards.At Rugs n Riches, Residency Road and Spicy Sangria on August 23. Details: 22214481


    —Susanna Chandy


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