Category Archives: Jewellery

Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

By Allan Jacob

We should have featured Sheikh Hasina on these pages earlier, before despots, tyrants, shamed gurus, and other wannabe nobodies who became somebodies. But it’s always nice to look at issues and personalities in hindsight, as is my wont. Let me also confess here that my original idea for this week’s column revolved around a South Indian actor and his opportunistic pitch at political stardom, but I shifted gears when I realised the Bangladeshi Prime Minister was the new star of the East. Expressions has no better hero than her this week — for her compassion and empathy in opening the border to save thousands of fleeing Rohingya. Continue reading Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

Lose the old face mask. Now apply gemstones on your mug

By Sujata Assomull

While Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, all gemstones can bring a sparkle to a woman’s face. For men who can afford it, buying jewellery tops the list when it comes to getting a gift for their partner. You can’t go wrong with a bit of bling. Retail therapy can’t always bring jewels home, unless of course you have a bottomless bank balance — hence the popularity of shoes. Luckily,  topping the more affordable side of most wishlists are beauty products. Meld beauty with precious stones, and you literally have a gem of an idea. Continue reading Lose the old face mask. Now apply gemstones on your mug

What Jacques Cartier has to do with pearls in the Middle East

By Sujata Assomull

We’ve all heard tales of Indian Maharajahs’ love for jewellery. And members of Indian royal families, especially those partial to precious stones, had a soft spot for Cartier. It was their first choice. The necklace that the French Maison created for the Maharajah of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh in 1928 with its 234.6 carat diamond centrepiece, is still considered to be one of the most spectacular any jeweller has created. Continue reading What Jacques Cartier has to do with pearls in the Middle East