The Showcase at Kochi

by team on August 24, 2013

Rasvihar is coming to Kochi this September. Mark your calendar and do join us if you are in Kochi on 5th and 6th September at The Avenue Center, Panampally, Kochi. Visit us to explore the handcrafted fine jewels by Rasvihar.

Read on to know more about The Showcase.

Official Exhibition Partner for Rasvihar, Sarangi, Babyrasa, Paduka, Sarasas, Cleosara, Dhotis by Kanaka and Reach Jewellery.

The Showcase brings the much-loved brands it represents closer to you. They bring to you products that are unified by a singular purpose – of cherishing hand crafted beauty through handlooms, weaves and fine jewellery. A choice selection of the finest saris, jewels and handloom products will now travel and exhibit at various Indian cities through The Showcase. In doing so, they seek to create more conversations and engagement with you - the audience that these brands truly exist for.

Time: 5th September 10.00 am ( Thursday) – 6th September 8.00 pm (Friday)

Venue: Avenue Centre Hotel (The Centre Hotel), Panampilly Nagar, Kochi 682036, India.

{ 0 comments }

Our modern lifestyles, whether at home, work or play, demand attire that is not only stylish but also versatile, low maintenance and easy on the eyes. Naturally, the jewellery that complements such attire must also meet these needs. This contemporary jewellery series, composed of a chain, hoops and bangles featuring diamonds set in gold, offers options that are sleek, elegant and ideal for regular use.

The diamonds in this ensemble are pave set in tiny rings for a delicate, ‘barely there’ look. This, along with the round brilliant cut used to finish the stones, enhances their lustre while adhering to the need for simplicity. Subtlety and elegance being the hallmark of this series, no other stones are used in combination with the diamonds.

Blog_MG_3049

The diamonds selected are of uniform size across the series, small and well spaced out to create a sense of lightness. This ensures that even when the items are worn together, the design never appears heavy or overdone, as seen in this pair of slender bangles.

Blog_MG_3053

The beautiful yellow gold that holds together and complements the diamonds consists of fine rods, twisted into the classic cord motif. Simple as it appears, this requires a high degree of skill as each finished cord must appear identical to the other segments and proportionate in relation to the gemstones. While the gold has been highly polished, the twisting technique underplays its brilliance and gives the metal a distinctive, textured look.

Interestingly, this delicate chain can be customized to varied lengths and worn according to the attire.

Blog_MG_3059

Smart, pretty and delightfully feminine, this jewellery series suits women of all ages. Its universally popular design elements team well with varied fashions, from ethnic and western formal to smart casuals – besides its obvious allure, it is also great value for money!

{ 5 comments }

Peridot – Green Enchantment

by team on June 25, 2013

Born deep within Mother Earth’s womb, peridot is a beautiful green gemstone that surfaces due to volcanic activity. Peridot has been valued since antiquity. Cleopatra is thought to have worn peridot studded jewellery. The Greeks named it ‘chrysolite’ (golden stone) and the Romans loved its green lustre that remains unchanged in any light. In Hawaii, this gemstone symbolizes tears from the eyes of Pele, the deity who presides over volcanoes.

Today, most of the world’s supply of peridot comes from Arizona (USA), with Pakistan as a close contender for high quality stones, followed by Myanmar and China.

Peridot is the birthstone of August – aptly so, for its vibrant green beauty captures the light-hearted spirit of summer. It is believed to possess healing properties and bring good fortune to those born in this month.

Peridot derives from olivine, a mineral silicate rich in magnesium and iron. Uniquely, peridot comes in a single colour, a deep green with golden tints. The colour variations seen in colour depend on its iron content, so you have peridots ranging in tone from pale yellow-green and brown-green to vivid lemon and olive. While peridot rates only 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, it’s reasonably durable and easy to care for.

As a gemstone peridot is versatile and wearable.

It pairs effectively with other green hued gemstones like tsavorite and emerald.

Peridot-with-Tsavourite-Er--6936

These charming ear studs are set with olive green peridots surrounded by dark green tsavorite and tiny diamond accents.

Peridot-with-sapphire-Earring-6933

Here, cabochon cut, lime green peridots are contrasted with dark blue, square cut sapphires and smaller diamond accents.

Perfect for summer wear, the fresh green hues of peridot also go well with pink sapphires and citrine. As an accent, peridot can accompany rubies of a particular shade.

Different methods of cutting contribute their own beauty to this popular gemstone.

Peridot-with-Pearl

In this peridot and pearl ensemble, the cabochon cut gives the olive green peridot a smooth, rounded appearance that’s subtle and slightly mysterious.

Peridot-with-Rosecut-Diamond--Er-5371

A facet cut, on the other hand, accentuates the sparkling gold tints within the gemstone, as seen in these floral ear studs where the central peridot is surrounded by rose cut diamonds.

Peridot-with-Rosecut-Diamond--Earring-9572

Thanks to its brilliance and transparency, this gemstone looks supremely attractive when used in large sizes with accompanying smaller stones.

In keeping with its sparkling, summery charm, peridot is ideally complemented with gold in light shades like white and yellow.

 

{ 4 comments }

Flush & Prong Settings

by team on June 17, 2013

The blood red of rubies, white effulgence of diamonds and mystic glimmer of moonstone – how they captivate our senses! But how often do we look beyond their obvious allure, at the setting which holds them? In fact, a setting is to fine jewellery what a frame is to a great painting.  The selection of appropriate settings is the foundation of good jewellery design for it is this element that crucially determines how well a stone’s colour, cut and clarity is displayed.

At Rasvihar, we are dedicated to crafting settings that, while enhancing the beauty of gemstones, also define the ‘personality’ of individual jewellery pieces – classic, festive, contemporary or casual, enabling a client to select items that blend with her own persona and lifestyle.

Today, let’s explore how fine settings bring value and beauty to gemstone jewellery. In our previous blog we have explained 3 types of settings namely the Pave setting, Channel Setting and the Bezel Setting. In the below blog you can get to know details about the other two settings in jewellery.

Flush Setting

The flush is a modified bezel setting, the primary difference being that the stone’s surface is level with the surrounding metal. Flush settings work remarkably well for small stones – think tiny, sparkling diamonds on a gold base!

Flush-Setting

A ‘seat’ is cut into the metal base and the stone embedded so as to be flush with the setting. Flush settings create a refined effect where the surrounding precious metal receives equal prominent to the stones. The flush setting here has a subtle matte finish in order to highlight the central ruby.

Prong Setting

Prong or ‘claw’ settings are comprised of three or more fine metal lengths that form a basket-shaped base for the gemstone to rest on. The tips of the prongs are then curved to arch above the gem, coming to rest on its crown and securing it firmly.

Prong settings are popular with designers and clients as crafting them consumes less time and material than other, more intricate settings, translating into lower costs.

Prong-Setting

The delicate, open setting allows light to pass through the gemstone, maximizing its faceted brilliance; it also enables easy cleaning of the stone.

{ 5 comments }