Alpana Gujral is a distinguished jewelry designer from New Delhi, India who has been arduously perfecting her craft for over 25 years. Over the years she has worked closely with master craftsmen from the state of Rajasthan to develop her signature style of jewelry–a marriage of traditional styles with contemporary forms.
The traditional style, colloquially known as ‘Minakari’, involves enameling and a unique combination of gems, enamel pigments and precious metals. These materials bring to life the Mughal vision of ‘paradise on earth’, a celestial garden of all manner of trees, a riot of flowers and colours of every imaginable hue. The ‘Minakari’ motifs consist primarily of flowers, plants and scrolling vines and animal forms. Alpana has successfully morphed this traditional art to suit the contemporary woman.
Essentially, the materials have remained the same over the centuries; however, the new pieces are less complicated and bulky. The older style used mainly three key stones—ruby, emerald and sapphire, whereas the new forms include many new varieties of coloured stones to match the wide spectrum of contemporary fashion.
Each collection consists of around a hundred individually handcrafted, limited edition pieces. The pieces are an assortment of earrings, necklaces, cuffs, bracelets and rings. Her collection has been exhibited and sold in various cities across the globe such as New York, San Francisco, Washington, Houston, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Additionaly, the Asia Museum store in New York showcase her collection.