Amar Ghanasingh, Designer and Chairman, Ghanasingh Jewellers on making the right decision while buying jewellery and more
Born into a family of jewellers, Amar Ghanasingh’s family has been in the jewellery business since 1905. As a third-generation jeweller, he is keen to make his own mark, “I have an obsession to create my own jewellery line with beautifully-crafted designs.” A firm advocate of Indian jewellery, its extraordinary variety and sheer brilliance, he affirms that Indian consumers have a better understanding of jewellery than other cultures in the world. Moreover, they also have evolved and distinctive tastes and are confident of their choices.
In Your Jewellery Box
While jewellery makes up for a significant part of a bride’s trousseau, some prove to be valuable investments in your jewellery closet. A few classics, such as a pair of solitaire earrings, gold/diamond sets and bangles and a few earrings and rings that match all kinds of outfits, go a long way to help a new bride shine in any outfit. Your jewellery should not only be a statement piece, but also something that will outlast your wedding day.
The Right Choice
Before buying jewellery, make sure you think thoroughly about the investment value, design and its versatility. Follow Ghanasingh’s checklist to be doubly sure—check the latest trends online, talk to reputed jewellers, go window shopping, consult your friends and relatives, keep in mind your budget and most importantly, identify your functions and the impression you want to create for each of them.
Susceptible to moisture, polki and kundan jewellery need a little more protection than velvet-lined boxes. Wrap the pieces in either butter paper or cotton before packing them in airtight containers. Diamonds can get scratched by other diamonds, so avoid keeping them in one bag. To preserve the shine, soak diamond jewellery for a few hours in a mixture of warm water and detergent. Wipe the pieces dry with a muslin cloth. Use soft cloth or velvet-lined boxes to store each piece of gold jewellery separately. To clean gold jewellery, follow the same instructions as with diamonds, but keep away from solutions containing chlorine.