Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Aloka Beauty

Naga Earrings with Green Tourmaline

Here we go again...my insatiable appetite for Indian things continues to thrive. I recently bought these lovely earrings from my friend Lakshmi who designs and hand-makes jewelry as a hobby here in New York. Hmmm...this hobby may become more than just a hobby in my prediction. I must say, I'm quite a fan of her work.

"These earrings take inspiration from the hood of the cobra--all the lines are serpentine. The marquis-cut faceted green tourmaline set in gold vermeil present a regal look." says Lakshmi Sonbuchner creator of Aloka Jewelry. "Aloka means vision, glimmer, an opening, of the eyes in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit."
I'm grateful to Mary for introducing me to the talented Lakshmi whose wonderful soul is reflected in her intricate work. Taking much pride in her work, all profits are donated to Asha for Education (ashanet.org), which supports educational projects for the poor in India.
A couple of other lovely pieces...

Mynah Bird Silver Wings

Blooming Lotus

Her beautifully line (which she is always adding to) can be seen here. Hmmm, I think I might just wander over there now...

She and her husband, Tim, also have a fantastic photography website, which features breathtaking views from their travels in Kerala, Jaipur, Tamil Nadu and Agra.

Lakshmi is quite the renaissance woman with a myriad a talents. I am easily transported back to my beloved India through her lens. You too can also mind-travel there by clicking here.


megha punater said...

beautiful,beautiful jewelery.i am a jewelery freak too(like all indian women i guess)

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Stunning photos of the Kerala and I'm also a lover of Indian jewelry (besides Indian fabric, food, music...!)
Thanks for sharing..:)

Shireena said...

Hi Megha, Thanks! I'm with you on that one.

Hi HTEandMore, thanks for visiting. You're right, Lakshmi is a wonderful photographer - I'm very inspired by her.

Take care,

indian yarn said...

the last picture is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS WHEN live .. you are in the midst of the river in the "vallam" and swaying coconut trees on both sides..

Veda Murthy said...

lovely site u have here...ur friend makes some fantastic earrings !

Shireena said...

Hi Indian Yarn! Thank you - Oh I just can't wait to visit the south of India - you paint a nice picture with your words.

Hi Veda! So happy you visited my blog - come again soon!

Take care,

berryberr said...

Nice blog! I just stumbled upon your blog today. Will be following it from now on!:)

Shireena said...

Hi Berryberr,
Thanks for visiting and for commenting. Stop by anytime!
Take care,

Anil P said...

The Mynah bird design is excellent. She is very talented.

Shireena said...

Hi Anil,
Thanks for visiting and your comment!

Now I'm headed over to your blog.

Take care...

Arch at Rang said...

Lakshmi sure is talented:-))

I love the blooming lotus:-)

Thanks for sharing.


bhumika said...

I simply love silver jewellery, especially when with semi-precious stones :) This collection is simply beautiful!