Silver Centrre, Kemps Corner: How to take care of silver jewellery

image via Vogue

image via Vogue

Beginning of this year, Vogue, covered a special story on heirloom silver jewellery by Amrapali Jewels. Those vintage pieces had me awestruck. The elegance and beauty of the ethnic fused with modern was any fashionista’s dream come true. In fact, that just reminded me of the awesome jewellery worn by tribal women across Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir. So, I decided to look deeper into more such jewellery pieces and jewellery makers across India and I came across designer Sangeeta Boochra who recently held an exhibition of her designs in Mumbai. She is the grand daughter-in-law of late Seth Kistoor Chand Boochra who was once known as the Silver King of India and established a silver jewellery making house in 1897. The complete North and East Indian belt silver was purchased by him between 1928 to 1934, during the Second World War which made him the largest player of Silver in India. He established The Bullion Association Limited – Rajasthan in 1926, the only place to trade silver bars. He was the president of Bullion Association for 40 years till his death.

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Sangeeta Boochra, MD & Designer, Silver Centre

Keeping this glorious history alive, MD & Designer of Silver Centrre Sangeeta Boochra, caters to the needs of the current demand of Silver Jewellery in India. Sangeeta Boochra has over 25 years of experience in this field and over the years has gained immense popularity in the jewelry market. She has also been a part of various fashion weeks. Mumbaigloss, spoke to her recently on how silver jewelry is trending in the market and how to maintain our silver jewelry.

MG: Thank you for being a part of Mumbaigloss, Sangeeta. From where do you get your design inspiration?

SB: I am continuously travelling to various parts of India to get inspired by its rich traditions and culture. Rajasthan in particular as a place is what inspires me the most, for its diversity in art forms, its craft and rich heritage. The various forts and palaces with is beautiful architecture, design, sculptures and carvings are extremely inspirational. Very often I pack my bags and head towards south for its beautiful landscapes and absolute change of architecture as when compared to the North. Tribal art and jewellery are my weakness, therefore, I find various tribes like Abros & Bodos tribe of Assam; Bhils of Gujarat and Rajasthan; Bhutias from Sikkim, Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh highly fascinating and inspirational.

Silver jewelry in Mumbai

Silver  tribal ankle wear

MG: It’s brilliant that you get your inspiration from your travels across India. Silver jewelry has been popular in certain regions like Rajasthan, Himachal, etc. since long. But off late gold jewellery has become much popular. How can it be brought to its previous glory by the young and new designers?

SB: We need to be proud of our rich history and culture so that the same is reflected in our work. This in turn would by itself help us to bring back silver jewellery to its much deserved worth. We should not hesitate to show to the world what we have or where we belong to. If we do that slowly and gradually we would be able to bring the old glory back. Designers need to work from grass root level and they should understand the importance of Indian heritage and then recreate designs which are unique to the silver jewellery.

Silver jewelry in Mumbai

Silver Wrist cuff

MG: How can we know which the best quality silver?

SB: Always buy 925 sterling Silver stamped jewellery or buy from a trusted jeweller. You can also get the metal tested in a commercial laboratory. It is difficult for a layman to judge the percentage of silver by just looking at it.

MG: Can you give some silver jewellery care tips for our readers:

SB: Your jewellery should be stored in a dry place away from humidity, moisture and extreme temperatures. Rings and bracelets should be worn sparingly to avoid damage through impact.

Don´t forget to remove your rings when washing up or showering, as soap particles may become lodged in stone settings and crevices. Soaps can also leave a film over metal and stones, creating a dull appearance. Store your jewellery in its own box or pouch to prevent scratching, chipping and entanglement. Exposed to the atmosphere, all silver is prone to oxidiation and consequent tarnishing.

Gentle rubbing with a silver cleaning cloth will restore the original brilliance of the surface. Do not use liquid cleaners for carved silver jewellery as the liquid dries into the engraving. If you wear your gold plated silver jewellery for significant periods of time, the plating will eventually wear down. To restore its appearance, you can have it re-plated. Make sure your jewellery is not in regular contact with hard surfaces, which will scratch or wear down the plating or enameling. When dressing, jewellery should always be put on last as make up, cosmetics and perfumes can cause damage to delicate items.

Silver jewellery in Mumbai

Silver coin necklace

All stone jewellery requires extra care and consideration during wearing to protect the setting as well as to safeguard the gemstone it holds.

Thank you Sangeeta, it was very helpful. So next time you buy some silver jewellery, you can keep in mind these tips for its upkeep.

To know more about Silver Centrre visit: www.sangeetaboochra.com

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Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India, Femina.in, BeBeautiful.in, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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