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    Tiger claws, Burmese rubies and more at the 15th edition of Prince Jewellery’s heritage showcase

    THIS weekend, jewellery connoisseurs in the city with a penchant for heirloom pieces will be heading to the show, Ancient Secrets. An initiative of Prince Jewellery, expect vintage gold curated mostly from the royal families of South India. As the managing director of the jewellery house, Joseph Prince, admits, “Ancient Secrets was conceptualised by my mother 16 years ago. It comes once a year and we travel across South India to collect antique jewellery.” Their travels, he says, have taken them to hamlets in Mysore, Nellore and Thiruvananthapuram. While some chunky pieces of jewellery are broken down to create smaller designs, certain iconic styles are recreated by in-house designers.

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    Given that antique jewellery does have a following among the older generation (Bollywood diva Rekha, for one), Prince observes, “Even at parties, I have observed young girls wearing heavy antique earrings with a western dress, sans neckpieces.” A case in point could be actors like Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor who rock heirloom-style jewellery at major events.
    While there is always a demand for peacock and mango motifs, this time, the jewellery house is also banking on deity motifs like Gaurishankar and  goddess Lakshmi in Chettinad-style pendants and necklaces, and the Nizam’s collection from Hyderabad, featuring moons and chandbalis.

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    While the rudraksh prayer beads are popular with the expats, the collection also includes waist bands for children and lightweight kadas featuring rubies. As for the piece de resistance of the show, Prince insists, “It has to be the neckpiece fashioned out of real tiger claws, inspired by the Victorian Raj period. It was presumed to have been worn by women in England back then as tiger claws were brought to them as hunting souvenirs. Even Tiffany had started designing jewellery inspired by tiger claws.’’ Estimated at `21 lakhs.Jewellery priced from `10,000 onwards (rings). July 11 to 29. Details: 42036655

    -Sharmistha Maji

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