The student got an opportunity to work on extensive collections in 22k plain gold jewellery. The collections explored various textures and surface finishes with a fusion of filigree and punch and die techniques catering to various customer segments, price ranges and design styles. The first collection-‘Designing for the Core’, is a mixed range of jewellery by exploring the skillset of the artisans and co-creating with them, which included earrings under the weight range of 5-8 gms, necklace sets under the weight range of 25-30 gms and bangles under the weight range of 18-22 gms. The collection was handcrafted portraying, a range of ethnic and contemporary ethnic designs. The second collection- ’Royal Bay’, was inspired by the Palaces of India. The awe-inspiring carved and painted elements of the entrance, window, hallway and balcony of the palaces, which entices one’s sense of poise and grandiose, was the focal point for designing this gold jewellery collection. This collection comprised two categories: Plain Gold and Plain Gold Jewellery with Stones (PJWS). The purpose was to give traditional wedding designs a surprising twist. Different sheet metal techniques and filigree combinations were used to achieve an ethnic-contemporary look in a way that the market readily accepts not only for the designs but also for the excellent craftsmanship involved in its making.
Keywords: co-creating with artisans, filigree technique, gold jewellery, handmade, punch-die technique
Student Name: Shaili Shah
Guide: Mr. Amresh Panigrahi, Co-Guide: Ms. Shimul Mehta Vyas