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    Meenu Subbiah Diamonds gets a new name and a collection.

    Last week was a good one for city-based jewellery designer Meenu Subbiah. She launched herA� new line, Collection Q, and rebranded her 23-year-old label, Meenu Subbiah Diamonds, as MSD. The sleeker name, which reflects the branda��s move towards a contemporary language, is also reflected in the collection. Subbiah tells us that her collection, which combines two distinct lines, celebrates a�?the queen within usa�? by catering to both traditional and contemporary aesthetics. The former is inspired by nakashu-velai, a technique used in the Chola period, where gods and goddesses were depicted on jewellery. a�?The collection has a lot of kemp, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, with 22, 23 and 24 carat gold,a�? she begins. The latter is contemporary, drawingA� inspiration from flowers and leaves. Expect rings, maangtikas and neck pieces, in rose gold. Talking about recent trends, the Gemological Institute of America graduate says, a�?Chennai is all about its culture and tradition. While youngsters might like something trendy now, as they grow older they go back to traditional jewellery.a�? Subbiah picks a diamond and ruby pendant, with a nakashu peacock, as her favourite from the new line. Meanwhile, the designer shares that she is already working on her next collection, which will haveA� a�?a lot of colours and semi-precious stones that are not known to manya�?.
    Rs 10,000 onwards. MSD, T Nagar.
    Details:A� 28143736

    a��Saloni Sinha

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