Nov-Dec 2014 : Page 1


Adorn November 25, 2014 00:00





In this issue of Adorn : Our Cover Feature, shot by Australian photographer George Favios, displays an array of blue gemstones, from blue sapphires, topaz and tanzanite to lapis lazuli commingled with diamonds. This issue also features interviews with renowned US-based designer Suzanne Kalan and British artist Alice Cicolini, who heavily draws inspiration from Indian crafts.
Our guest writer Jean Druesedow, director of the Kent State University Museum, talks about the ongoing retrospective show displaying the works of over 40 avant-garde artists of the American Jewelry Design Council. The exhibition titled “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design” celebrates artistic inventiveness in American jewellery making.
Jewellery connoisseurs headed to the Grand Palais in Paris in September to attend the Biennale des Antiquaires show. The must-visit event drew the world’s finest jewellers including Chaumet, Cartier, Piaget, Graff and more, who presented their masterpieces. Readers can delight in viewing some of the important pieces displayed in Beyond Compare.
Collecting period pieces is an art in itself
“Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection” will run until January 25 next year. These magnificent pieces speak volumes about Al-Thani’s refined taste, his love of the arts and his keen eye for picking up rare and historically significant pieces, including a gem-set tiger head finial originally from the throne of Tipu Sultan, the famed ruler of Mysore, and the jade dagger owned by Jahangir and later, Shah Jahan. Turn to the Museum Tour section on page 44 to view some of the extraordinary pieces that highlight the artistry of Indian craftsmanship.



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