BACK TO THREADS OF CONNECTION

I wrapped up the NYNOW Summer Show last night where I exhibited my own collection of jewelry to the trade (ie. to retail stores, not individual customers) while Aayenda, the new jewelry brand of the Afghan collective launched the lapis/turquoise collection I designed for them. Here are some photos of the work. And here is […]

ALL HANDS ON BOARD

(Posting this a few days late…) The New York Now Show (formerly known as the Gift Show) is a day away. I’m racing to finish my own collection for my eponymous booth as well as fielding emails about the collection I designed for Aayenda/Future Brilliance that will also be exhibited and sold in another section […]

THE FUTURE OF FUTURE BRILLIANCE (an opinion)

Its my last day in Jaipur. By the time you read this, I will be in New York City. Until then though, there is a heap of work to be done. Yet the factory is not quite ready to show me samples. Prekshya asks me to come by in the afternoon when she will have […]

THE GETAWAY WORKS WONDERS

I return to Jaipur in the late evening, the trip having taken longer than expected. But then again, everything in India takes longer than planned. Everything. In this case, the roads are a little bumpier and a little more crowded today, and if we didn’t stop for tea says Mr. Bhati, we would not have […]

LONDON TIMES ARTICLE!

The London Times published an article yesterday about Future Brilliance, the jewelry project that I am working on with and for Afghans. See the London Times article here! Otherwise, it is below:

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 […]

GOODBYE INDIA

Its our last dinner before our early morning departure, Annie’s and mine, that is. Narain Niwas Hotel’s dining room hosts us yet again. We are the temporary, non-Afghan team of Sophia Swire, Ben Phelan, Sam Le Prevost, Paul Spurgeon, Annie Fensterstock and Anna Ruth Henriques. I’m naming us for posterity because this might just be […]

ASTROLOGY AND AFGHANS

(Inspiration – the inset at the foot of my bed) I’ve been dying to get to Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, an 18th century collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II. Its main purpose I gather was astrological. Astronomy was simply the necessary science behind it. Jantar Mantar is important to […]