Museums are a bridge between the past and the present, showcasing a slice of history to remind us of our artistic traditions. For five long months this year, the Fowler Museum in UCLA held an exhibition on the jewellery of India’s Thar Desert, with over 160 silver jewellery pieces, set against the backdrop of the 5000-year-old history of the Indian subcontinent. The border region was a gateway to the country and the many conquerors such as Babur and Alexander the Great among others brought in their own cultural influences. According to jewellery historian Dr. Usha Balakrishnan, the region holds special interest because some of the oldest and most historic forms of ornamentation have been preserved here. We provide a glimpse of some of these pieces in Spotlight. Even though white diamonds remain a classic choice, women today are opting for stunning fancy coloured diamond combinations in high-end jewellery. Since the last couple of years, canary yellow and earth tone diamonds have started finding favour among the au courant. Our Cover Feature underlines this trend, showcasing designer pieces from top brands. Famed international jewellery designer Shelly Purdy loves diamonds. Known as the ‘diamond ambassador’, she designs one-off gold collections embedded with these glittering gemstones of Canadian origin. This award-winning artist does bespoke commissions – especially engagement and anniversary rings. Read about her 25-year-long journey in this field. In the run-up to the festive and wedding season, ADORN showcases a cornucopia of bridal jewellery that resonates with the aesthetics of the modern woman. Turn to Get The Look and Jewel Gallery to check out what’s in vogue.
Adorn is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to luxury jewellery. It is published and circulated in India by Spenta Multimedia. Adorn is two years old, and is a high-quality offering, produced in a larger-than-normal format on imported art paper, rich with visuals and full of exciting content. Adorn features the latest offerings from national and international jewellery houses. Every issue has a cover feature and themed photo spreads with top models such as Lisa Haydon, Vipasha Agarwal, Netra Raghuraman, and Bollywood stars like Sonam Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Aditi Rao Hydari and Shraddha Kapoor. Besides, it also covers red carpet events and what the who’s who is wearing in jewellery today. The magazine also looks to educate readers about the craft of jewellery-making and features articles on subjects like diamond settings, gemstone cuts, and enamelling techniques written by experts and renowned jewellery historians. The magazine, which has a print run of 20,000 copies, is on sale at newsstands across India and is distributed free to a database of high-net worth individuals.