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    Amrita Rao talks all things jewellery on NDTV Good Times’ latest

    Growing up, actress Amrita Rao would wait for every opportunity to sneak into her mother’s jewellery box. Particularly fond of gold, as soon as the actress started modelling, she bought herself gold bangles. And her fascination with jewellery only continues.
    This year, the Vivah girl has 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 hosting its first televised version, on NDTV Good Times. On the new series, she’ll walk you through the reputed jewellery houses and offer insight into the heritage of kundan, polki and jadau, as well as the art of minakari. Rao, who also starts shooting for a Hindi film next month, tells us about the show and her TV fix.

    What did working on the 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 delicate skin, and the layer of enamel helped prevent their skin from any adverse reactions (to the metal).

    Did anything surprise you?
    Yes, that the uncut ruby is so unassumably ordinary that a layman would 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 work—I don’t want to be bogged down by them.

    Prized possession in your
    jewellery box.
    My grandmother’s dollar, which she got from her mother-in-law. My forefathers are from Burma. When Japan attacked, they had to leave overnight. In the midst of this historic chaos, she managed to bring this dollar along. I recently got a nice chain made for it.

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

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