ARH JEWELRY GOES TO JAPAN!

I fell in love with Japan 20 years ago. I lived there from 1995 to 1999. It got under my skin, deep into my being, for its awareness of beauty and meaning in all forms of nature. Its a place I have always wanted to keep a tie going. Now, 14 years after my last […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LAPIS LAZULI AND EIGHT-POINTED STARS

(Nuristan screen from Afghanistan – a source of my inspiration) Rough stones in hand, we zip over to a restaurant close to the Institute to grab some lunch. Actually, we don’t exactly ‘zip.’ We weave, roll along, halt, weave again on the road across town, moving at the grand maximum speed of 30 mph. Road […]