I have always thought of India as a land of mystery and breathtaking beauty. The Indian culture is so wonderfully colorful and vibrant… frankly, I think we all should adopt citrus-hued saris, dangling chalcedony earrings and armfuls of gold bangle bracelets. Stunning!
I have some friends who actually moved to India to start a charitable foundation, adopting schools in Yellamabanda, Siddiquenagar, Maktha, Pappireddynagar and Gowdavally. And, every week I enjoy the many photos of the students and teachers in traditional garb, intricately hand sewn and hand embroidered.
And of course… the jewelry!
In India, jewelry is more than simply adornment. Gifts of jewelry traditionally mark different phases of a woman’s life such as birth, coming of age, marriage, or becoming a mother.
And lucky me, this spring I will be wearing some of the most beautiful Indian jewelry from Sitara Collections, made by highly skilled artisans! The blue chalcedony earrings (pronounced “kal-said-knee”), pictured, are just one of the many striking designs available at Sitara.
The faceted natural stones are a vibrant blue, which is highly prized, since most blue chalcedony is actually more gray than blue. The shade is beautifully enhanced by the warm gold which covers nickel-free brass settings and hooks.
These earrings have exotic elements, but are quite simple in design (unlike some of my over-the-top chandelier earrings). So, they can be worn with almost anything! Retail: $38.
But, one of the most exciting things about these earrings – and the entire collection by Sitara – is that the company is dedicated to giving back to the region that has given the world so much beauty. Sitara contracts with Indian artisans who are paid fairly for their remarkable designs. This also allows the artists to keep traditional craftsmanship alive, while working from their own villages. I am always inspired by such generosity of spirit!
To see the more gorgeous pieces (Warning: you will want them all!), visit Sitara Collection.
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