Indian jewellery is high art, and has to be presented in the right ambience to work its full range of enchantments.
The Rasvihar store, therefore, is a veritable feast for all the senses.
The building itself – a colonial-era mansion – is a particularly fine example of an architectural style that’s uniquely Chennai; and has been lovingly refurbished without disturbing the character of the original.
Priceless paintings and artefacts adorn the walls, exquisite art-deco furnishings and aged teak-wood almirahs evoke a hushed ’sattvik’ ambience, and the sunlight (no artificial lights here, please!) streams in like a gentle rain, mixing with sweet strains of music and myriad exotic fragrances wafting in the air.
Quite the perfect setting for guests to contemplate the jewellery at their leisure.
Once a guest has settled into the comfort of a divan, luxurious carpeting at her feet, pieces that’ve piqued her fancy are brought to her on a silken tray, along with a traditional hand-held mirror to help her make a selection.
At Rasvihar, jewellery-buying is a joyous experience, as luxurious and unhurried as a spa.