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Chennai-based Alankaara offers whimsical jewellery pieces with real flowers preserved in different mediums to create a stunning  natural effect. Plus, they also make gorgeous memory boxes.

The Petal Effect

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Imagine a majestic rose or stately chrysanthemum or the rare orchid. Now imagine them carefully preserved with their colour and delicateness intact in glass, and then strung into a necklace in the form of a pendant or even blooms arranged into transparent bangles. Well that’s the beauty and uniqueness of designer Amrita Giriraj’s beautiful baubles. The designer works with a range of blooms such as roses, dandelions, bouganvilla, orchids, jasmines and more, to create stunning jewellery. Take your pick from earrings, pendants, chokers, rings, bangles, bracelets and anklets. Amrita also makes wooden memory boxes with an enamel inlay on top with preserved flowers pressed inside glass. She has been known to press seashells too in her creations.

During the Chennai floods last year, Amrita’s prized garden got submerged under water and taking with it many beautiful flowers and greenery. The enterprising designer then decided to retrieve some of the flowers and preserve them forever in the form of jewellery. And that was how her lovely flower collection was born. The jewellery is made by underprivileged artisans and Amrita considers her business to be a bit of a social enterprise.

 Price: INR 300 upwards

Contact: +91 9940520028 or email info@alankaara.com to order

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