Smoky quartz and onyx beaded bracelet, 'Indian Night'
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"Some of my designs are based on temple jewelry from southern India, while others are similar to those worn by the royal families of Rajasthan."
"The Indian style of jewelry fascinates many, including me," Nalinee Hegde says. "I am a strong believer in divinity and would gladly go wherever God wants to take me.
"I was born on December 28, 1946 in Bombay. I have two brothers and a sister who are now settled in different parts of the world and we share a strong sense of family values. My childhood was very secure and happy, with wonderful memories.
"I came into this profession by chance. Though I had always enjoyed, admired and loved wearing the exotic jewelry of India, it was almost on a whim that I decided to design jewelry myself. This happened when I was visiting our Bombay market, looking for silver and gemstone jewelry materials for a friend in the United States. I was amazed and excited. My jewelry career began first as a hobby, but eventually my jewelry became so popular that I started offering it to stores. I am now supplying shops in several cities.
"I use sterling silver, natural gemstones and fresh water pearls in my designs. The style is contemporary with a mix of urban and traditional themes, and it is very wearable! Also, since I use natural gemstones, there is a therapeutic value and the finished product has a 'feel good' factor. I also work with sterling silver dipped in 24k gold. This process is called gold forming and the pieces usually keep their gleam for life, provided care is taken to keep the jewelry away from chemicals, perfume, etc.
"Four craftspeople work with me, while I do the designing and conceptualizing. The gemstones' natural energy inspires me.
"India has a rich cultural heritage and jewelry is an important part of our history and tradition. Some of my designs – especially the gold formed ones – are based on sacred jewelry from southern India, while others are similar to those worn by the royal families of Rajasthan. I try to give even the most traditional designs a contemporary look. In addition, I design other Indian handicrafts like hand-embroidered shawls, stoles and scarves, and women's accessories in silk and leather. I've shown my designs throughout India, and at the World Bank's International Arts and Crafts show in Washington on a number of occasions.
"I am involved with a cancer support group which is a voluntary organization and offers mainly emotional support to cancer patients. I am extremely fond of reading – almost anything under the sun, although of late my interests are veering toward human philosophy and the meaning of life. I must admit that it is becoming increasingly difficult to spare time for this, due to my busy schedule.
"I am really grateful that I have been introduced to Novica. By providing a platform for unknown artists to exhibit their work, Novica is helping them to reach out to the far corners of the world, giving them an opportunity for their talents to be recognized and appreciated. This can ultimately result in bringing the people of the world closer to each other, which is so important. It would have been impossible to reach out to so large an audience on my own."
Nalinee, I just love the garnet necklace and earring set. The craftmanship, design and feel are spectacular. I receive many compliments today and am very happy with my selection. I look forward to purchasing more.
The lapis necklace was beautiful and so much more original in design than others I'd perused elsewhere. I'll definitely keep my eye on other work from this artist.
What a beautiful bracelet! I love it and will continue to look for this artists item. thanks
I received the earrings today,very fast I might add. They are beautiful, very well made. Of course I have been wearing them since I got them. :) Thanks Nalinee for the beautiful work.
I absolutely loved the pearl set and bracelet I ordered! The personal touch of the artist including a handwritten note made my bridal jewelry all the more special. It is wonderful to know who made this special purchase! Thank you again!
The earrings ""halo"" I ordered from this artist are beautiful, very well made, large but not heavy, and unique.
I purchased the jewelry set ""Blue Majesty"" and I am so delighted with it. It is absolutely exquisite and I love wearing it. Thank you for creating such beautiful pieces!
Plymouth Meeting, PA - U.S.
I just received my earrings (Circle of Life) yesterday - they are absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much, your talent is evident in the quality and beauty of your jewelry.
Dear Nalinee, I recently purchased your ""Blue Splendor"" necklace for a very special woman in my life. The online photo was gorgeous and I took a chance even though I have been disappointed in some past online purchases (none of which came from NOVICA). I'm at a loss to express just how beautiful this piece is. Not only is it a visual delight, but it carries with it such a warm, soothing energy. She loved the piece, and I am grateful to you for sharing your amazing talents. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Kind regards, Dash
Golden, Colorado USA
Well, I ordered misty forest necklace and the earrings to match and when they arrived I was very pleased. It is such a pleasure just to put on this set and were it all day long. The necklace is finely beaded and strung by a true professional. The back clasp is like nothing that I have ever seen before. Really, really pretty stones. The earrings are not too heavy...and are truly beautiful. Thank you for the lovely, lovely pieces that I will keep all of my earthly days. You comment that some of your designs are similar to royalty families of Rajasthan. I feel like royalty when I wear your pieces. I love jewelry designs from the past, because one they have a past and two that they are very special. Thanks, and I will keep an eye on your other pieces. Laurel
I received my necklaces: ""shy violets"" and ""twinkling auras"" yesterday and they were beautiful. The craftsmanship, colors, designs and packaging were just perfect. The prices are wonderful for the uniqueness and quality of the pieces. I will treasure them forever. I am a jewelry designer myself and I must say your quality is exceptional. I love all your pieces and will be back. Thanks for making them.
Today I received Nalinee's garnet strand necklace ""opulent red."" I have been eyeing this piece for over a year, and finally bought it. I LOVE it! It is very beautiful. Thank you very much.
I am amazed at the excellent quality of the Garnet and silver bracelet I received. I love it! I will be placing another order in the near future. Thank you so much for your beautiful pieces.
My ""Femininity"" earrings arrived today and I am very impressed. I would have never thought to combine pearls and rutile quartz but the results are absolutely stunning! Thank you Nalinee!
I just received my necklace and think it is beautiful! I love your work!
The ""Ice Fire"" earrings I purchased are exquisitely designed and crafted by a truly gifted artist. The detailed beads and dazzling ""fiery""stone together create an elegant and unique combination that wears beautifully. Enclosed in a lovely gift box with a handwritten note was a delightfully nice touch and greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Dear Nalinee, I was fortunately able to purchase the ""Femininity"" necklace to match the earrings purchased some time ago. It makes a very unique and beautiful set. Thank you!
I just received my garnet drop earrings, 'Mughal Charm', by Nalinee. They are absolutely gorgeous! The quality of the workmanship is top notch. They have a timeless elegance that I am very happy to wear! Thank you, Nalinee, and NOVICA for making these works of art available!
My lapis earrings are superb. The patience and thought that went into their creation is evident in every element of the earrings. I've been searching for a very long time for just the right lapis earrings to complement several lapis ring,, necklaces and a bracelet and bought a couple of other pairs from, other artists but THESE are EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Absolutely wonderful - I wear them every day and they touch my heart with how beautiful they are.
Valley Village, CA, USA (near Hollywood)
Superb, sensitively designed and c rafted work. The earrings are my favorites!
I just received the necklace I ordered for my wife and it is perfect; a very nice piece! I cannot wait to give it to her for her birthday. THANK YOU!!
Beautifully done!!..LOVE HER DESIGNS!!!
I purchased ""Golden Constellation"" for my wife for Christmas this past year (2012). The picture shows the bracelet, with its tiger's eyes, sunstones and golden pearls, to be beautiful, but the picture *cannot* do this bracelet justice. When I opened it after it arrived I was stunned at how magnificent it is. My wife fell in love with it right away and it's now one of her prized piece of jewelry. Beautifully magnificent work, Nalinee.
Thank you very much for this beautiful bracelet. I love the way that the crochet designs compliments the two types of garnet shapes. This is a comfortable cotton roped bracelet in a rich maroon color. Garnets are my favorite and my husband gave me this for our wedding anniversary. Thank you again.
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