Ahalya's daughter Anya with her mother Swathanthra on left

What are your memories of jewellery

growing up in a family such as yours?

Your view on jewellery?

Ahalya's parents
Ahalya with family

What we wore

What is your favourite piece of jewellery

that your mother or grandmother wore?
Ahalya childhood photo with typically Tamil jewellery and clothes

Jewellery symbolises the stage of life, like the mangalsutra. 

It gives away your status, like a crown.

Ahalya with Ahalya's Mum, Swathanthra. Ahalya is in the brown saree with gold oddiyanam (waistbelt) and necklace.

If you could pass on a few pieces

(or one piece of jewellery), which ones would you pick?

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?

Ahalya with her daughter, Anya

If you could commission a piece of jewellery

(cost no bar), what would you want made-- for yourself or your descendants?

Jewellery completes how you look.  It is very powerful communication. It always has been a communicator for most people.

What do you relish about the act of wearing jewellery?

Ahalya's daughter, Anya in a small kasumala, or coin necklace

Who is the style or jewellery icon that you look up to?

Within your family and amongst celebrities? Why?

How do you wear jewellery?

On occasions? Or daily?

Do you believe in the healing power of gems?

Do you have a question about jewellery

that you have always wanted to ask?
Ahalya's maternal grandmother with Ahalya's daughter Anya

It is interesting to see that now we have made this art a science and boiled it down to a set of standards like VVS 1.