Studio Tara captures the beauty of untreated gems
Studio Tara, by designer Bharathi Raviprakash, comes to the city with an exhibition at Abraham & Thakore this weekend. Inspired by travel, art and common everyday objects, Raviprakash’s jewellery is designed to tell a tale. “I love drama and even my simple jewellery is designed to make a statement. The jewellery created at Studio Tara conveys stories of raw and pristine charm unleashing the gems’ aesthetic potential,” she tell us.
An economics graduate, whose passion for handcrafted jewellery drove her to do a course at the Gemological Institute Association in London, she has been designing ever since. At Studio Tara, Raviprakash seeks to let the gems do the talking, focusing on raw, untreated stones. “Gold, platinum or silver is used just to bring out the effortless natural beauty of stones,” she feels.
Check out her Eternal Collection — rings, bracelets, bangles, neckpieces and earrings created from a dazzling selection of stones set in yellow and white gold and silver. “I came across large nuggets while on holiday and decided to do a collection based on river stone pebbles,” she shares, adding, “the gemstones are as natural as they can get. As pure as they are found in nature — which is just the way I happen to prefer them.”
The colour palette shifts from the pale untreated rubies to sapphires and translucent aquamarine, offering buyers a wide range to choose from. The opal, liberally used in traditional jewellery, gets a modern update as does organic black onyx and coral. Other stones in the collection include quartz, diamonds, kunzite, morganites and green beryl. Raviprakash’s picks from the line include a Burmese ruby, a turquoise and pearl bracelet and an aquamarine ring that makes her “think of calm oceans on a summer’s day, inviting and tranquil.”
Rs.50,000 upwards. Thursday at The Collonade, Old Airport Road. Details: 41329316
— Rashmi Rajagopal