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Traversing cultural chasms can sometimes pose a challenge. But not for Bernadette van Gelder of the Netherlands, whose love for all things Indian led her to build a solid edifice called Van Gelder Indian Jewellery in 1980 – to facilitate the buying and selling of ancient and historic jewellery pieces. She stumbled upon India’s rich and celebrated tradition of crafts while researching oriental jewellery. The connection with India was instant, as if serendipitously arranged by the universe. She visited India and fell in love with it and its people. She had an inherently gifted eye that could spot a rare Indian treasure.


Today, Van Gelder Indian Jewellery is recognised as one of the most renowned dealers of Indian jewellery across the world, and is run by Bernadette’s two daughters, Fleur Damman–van Gelder and Noëlle Viguurs–van Gelder. In this issue, Noëlle speaks about how she and her sister have taken their mother’s legacy forward. Read all about their fascinating story in Culture Connect.


Top dealers and auction houses from across the world dazzled connoisseurs at the Masterpiece London 2018 jewellery fair. Exceptional collectibles by Cartier, Boucheron, Faberge, Cindy Chao, Moussaieff, Grima, Chopard and more displayed unparalleled artistry. Turn to Shining Light for a glimpse of these masterpieces.


Our Singapore-based guest writer Richa Goyal Sikri decodes kundan-polki jewellery and clarifies common misconceptions of this important and popular jewellery category. The issue also features interviews of famous jewellery designers, including Neha Roongta in Creative Charisma, Priyadarshini Himatsingka in Fashion Forward, and Rahul Luthra in Style Expert.

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.