An Imagination Journey across Jaipur for aspiring jewellery designers
The students of BSc. in Jewellery Design 2022 batch and Diploma in Fine Jewellery Design from JD School of Design powered by JD Institute of Fashion Technology showcased a display of their as part of their Jaipur Imagination Journey. The study trip comprised of tour of Jaipur to experience its culture and heritage along with a workshop in collaboration with P. M. & Sons.
The purpose of such knowledge-based trips allows students to gain a first-hand exposure on the complete cycle of a product, from conceptualising, designing, it execution, finishing, final product to its sales.
Before the commencement of the workshop the students were taken around the city of Jaipur historical sites like Chokhi Dhani, a heritage village that showcases a glimpse of Rajasthan. Birla Mandir, an architectural marvel that is built with white marble. Nahargarh Fort, which was once the strong defence ring for the city. Jaipur Wax Museum placed in the Nahagarh Fort which houses 30 wax statues of world renowned celebrities. A section of the museum known is made using more than 2.5 million pieces of glass work. Amber Fort, known for its artistic style elements that has been built with pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble. Sheesh Mahal located in Amber Fort is a magnificent refined piece of architecture built with beautiful precious stones and glass, coated with beautiful handmade paintings. Khazana Mahal, a museum of rare gems, jewels and stones. Jai Mahal, is a spectacular structure that seems to be floating on the lake’s surface. An architectural marvel in itself, it is an embodiment of the engineering prowess of the Rajput period. Amrapali Museum, an initiative by the founders of Amrapali Jewels Pvt. Ltd. is dedicated to Indian jewellery and jewelled objects, located in the city of Jaipur.
At the workshop, the first day involved getting to understand how CAD worked and the difference between CAD software and Matrix software. The CAD designer guided students on how to design different jewellery pieces and how a stone is placed with accurate measurements. The karigars took them through the kundan process, how it is made, melted and set into a metal. They were also educated about different synthetic stones and learnt to carve a gemstone. The young aspirants were then taken through the process of exploring Stone setting, CAT designing, Enamelling technique. They were then given We were given a Brass metal piece to choose and form a design for Pendant, Broach, Choker, Hairpin, Earrings, Hairclip, etc.
After designing the pieces, they then sought the assistance of the karigars to make changes according to their design such as joining the metal, adding a hook and some more metal design to the existing piece and then getting the gemstone cut according to the designed piece of jewellery.
Later, they visited the gemstone market and got a chance to explore new varieties of gemstones. The students were then made to assemble all pieces that they had worked on the first 2 days of the workshop. These pieces formed the showcase of the Imagination Journey Display.
Abenaya Subramani’s, ‘Auria,’ is a collection of hair accessories designed with the Victorian era aesthetic. It was inspired by the floral motifs found in Jaipur architecture and painting.
Shifa Khanum’s, ‘Historique,’ was inspired by the art and architecture of Jaipur. The jewellery is a necklace set which has Meenakari work and Chrysoprase beads. It is minimalistic, elegant and has an old world charm giving a sense of versatility to it.
Reeth V Jain’s, ‘Rajwadi,’ is a necklace inspired by the Royalty of Rajasthan. It has two different motifs i.e., horse and flower. Horses are believed to be divine and superior and flowers represent beauty and wealth.
Nisha Rathod’s, ‘Ambari,’ is a versatile jewellery piece which can be a worn as a brooch or as a pendant. Inspired by the royal procession, the jewellery piece has Meenakari work in pastel shades of blue.
Gunjan Daga’s, ‘Palki,’ is a versatile piece of jewellery which can be worn as a choker necklace or an armband. It is inspired by a Queen’s palanquin, it has the palanquin bearer’s motif with Meenakari work and is finished with violet-coloured beads.
Priyanka B’s, ‘Myra,’ is a choker necklace that consists of motifs that represent pomp and regalia of the royal family. The necklace is embellished with Meenakari work and is finished with Ruby beads.
Sushmitha Kudary’s, ‘Lounto,’ is inspired by nature as the royalty used flowers and leaves to signify friendship, peace and love. The necklace bears floral and foliage motifs. Enamelling and multiple strangs of pearls add to the charm of the necklace.
Blues of Jaipur
Lakshmi Sravanthi’s, ‘Blues of Jaipur,’ is inspired by the famous blue pottery of Jaipur. An elegant mix of flower and bird motifs, these earrings are embellished with Meenakari work, blue and green beads.
Dheirya G Achha’s, ‘Guldasta,’ means flower bouquet and is an ode to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. It is embellished with the Jaipur enamelling technique and is enriched with different colours to convey different gemstones which align with the gem world of Jaipur.
The Imagination Journey to Jaipur provided in-depth knowledge beyond the realm of the classroom. Such experiences are essential for jewellery design aspirants as it enables them to understand the entire process and makes them more nuanced in the jewellery-making process.