Kundan Stone-Setting Revisited

"I've been passionate about jewelry all my life," says jewelry designer Kiran Nirankari, Ellicott City, Md. Nirankari comes from a family of jewelry collectors "with beautiful old pieces," she says. These family jewels have inspired her to incorporate the style of the past into her designs. "The style is very similar to the old original pieces," she explains, referring to Mughal jewels. But Nirankari wants her new pieces to be wearable as well as traditional. "The old pieces were very ornate, and very beautiful," she says, "but not appropriate for today, to wear often." Nirankari is not the only one falling in love with the Mughal style. Both the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City have displayed "Treasury of the World: Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals." Part of the al-Sabah Collection, on loan from the Kuwait National Museu

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