DESIGNING…

Annie has left. Before returning to the States, she and I worked on drawings for a collection in tourmalines and spinels set in fine gold and silver. We put three pieces each into production. We are now waiting for those to be completed. Three pieces each however do not constitute a collection. However, there are […]

GEMSTONES GALORE

Emeralds Help!! Which Afghan stones to design with? We have been guided from readily-available lapis (opaque dark blue inexpensive stones) to spinels (pink, faceted, expensive stones) from Gary the Gemhunter, a friend of Sophia’s, to tourmalines, to raw Afghan emeralds (that will need cutting) from a dealer and possibly lapis again. The stones shift our […]

BRILLIANT FUTURES – THE TALENTED AFGHANS

The morning in Jaipur is filled with the wail of peacocks. As if sensing my yearning to see a wild peacock (they are actually all wild in Jaipur), a big blue bird flies to the roof of Jaipur Heritage Home, our B & B, to my absolute delight. How could anything be so spectacularly beautiful, […]

FROM TUKTUKS TO AMRAPALI

Our evening ends in Jaipur with a ride home in a tuktuk (see photo) whose driver informs us with great delight that his is a disco tuktuk. Have we misunderstood him? He sees the confusion on our faces, and with a big smile, hits a switch. Lights flash inside the roof and music blares forth […]