A Visit With the Jeweler to the Raj

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My Bucket list

49.  Dine in the palace of a Maharaja, as his personal guest

Of course, I know that this wish is not likely to come to fruition. But, if you can’t be a guest at the Maharaja’s palace, it’s surely a close second to have his jeweler as a guest at yours!

This week it was my pleasure to host Sudi Singhvi, the youngest descendant of a very long and prestigious dynasty of jewelers to the Maharajas of India. For five generations, the patriarchs of Sudi’s family have been trading stones with the Maharajas and creating decadent, new confections to satisfy their royal appetite for sparkle and extravagance. The Singhvis are natural virtuosos of splendor and allure; and after 165 years, these gifts have become virtually woven into their DNA.

Sudi Singhvi

Sudi Singhvi

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In 1985 Sudi decided to expand the business by capitalizing on the strong relationships that he’d formed with American jet-setters, who’d purchased his sumptuous creations in New Delhi. A few well-placed telephone calls later, Sudi’s bags were packed and he began meeting in private American homes with small groups of hand-picked clientele. His jewels are a staple for the Grande Dames of Palm Beach. He’s much too shy and humble to mention names, but those who know-know!

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Sudi’s great great grandfather, Lala Manak Chand Singhvi

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Sudi’s great grandfather,Lala Guljari Lal Singhvi

Recently, Sudi has added works in semi precious stones to update the collection. He also added a website so that his customers can purchase  jewelry without having to wait for his annual visit.

Shhhhhh! It’s: www.singhvijewels.com. The savvy Laura Pearce of Laura Pearce Ltd., in Atlanta, began carrying his work in precious stones, earlier this year.

http://thenativenewyawker.com/inspiration-vogue-india/ If you are lucky enough to be invited to one of these gatherings, you should consider it an honor. Just talking with Sudi is a thrill. I love hearing about the history of his famous family and anecdotes from all the places that he’s been. He really is charming…so, so charming! I am privileged to call him a new friend.

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Headgear of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh

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The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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Get the Midas Touch

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The October sky is so beautiful. Everything outdoors seems to glimmer in shades of gold. I just love the depth and richness of autumn light.

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Jean Arp

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The Dior Palette

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Is there anything more feminine than the Dior palette? I’ve always loved the soft greys and peachy pinks that remain the Dior trademark.
When I was a little girl, my mother had a wonderful knee length, Dior, grey coat with a soft fox trim along the hem.  She looked so glamorous in that coat. Sadly, It ended up in the thrift shop heap (probably during the 80’s when glamour meant slashed, neon sweatshirts and jelly pumps). But, today the Dior Palette is back as the most stylish color scheme for clothing and decor. It’s a great time to bring a little Dior into your own life. 
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Dior Taipei 101 flagship store by Pure Creative, Taipei store design

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Voiture Voyageurs 1ère classe A 151 © C.Recoura

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Valentino haute couture

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The Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

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Chin-wa-wa

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Mary McDonald

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Maid in China fashion shoot.

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Painting by Kathe Fraga

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Wartski brooch, c. 1930

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Via: Beth Connelly at Chinoisere Chic

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The jewellery designer Ward Kelvin has created an interesting collection called American Chinoise.

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Lovely August

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Dreaming of fall.

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Vignette of the day.

 

Fabulous style of the day. Photo taken at Place Vendome, Paris, last week. Isn't she marvelous!

Fabulous style of the day. Photo taken at Place Vendome, Paris, last week. Isn’t she marvelous?

 

 

 

 

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Just too cool!

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Umbrella hat

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Elegant updated bedroom.

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Gardens of Grass

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Lovely summer garden.

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Colors of the “DIOR” palate.

Press Your Restart Button

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Georges Hobeika

Be inspired to start something new…Every once in a while we all need to press the restart button. Make today that day. You are always deserving of a second chance, so start now at being a better wife, a better mother, a better person. Make today the first day that you do something to follow your dreams. Find your bliss and dive in!

Much love, Kaki

 

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Oscar de la renta

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Mark Karnes Interior with Sugar Bowl, 2000. Acrylic on board.

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Caught up -by Elena Kalis

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