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“Mughal and Deco Influences in the Designs of Three Contemporary Indian Jewelers: Viren Bhagat, Nirav Modi & Hanut Singh” Lecture with Claire Morgan

November 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

India has a long tradition of jewelry history that is often thought to have reached its pinnacle
during the Mughal period. Indeed, many associate Indian jewelry with the heavy gold settings
and irregularly shaped gems of such jewelry. The jewelry of the Maharajahs in the early
twentieth century, and their fondness for resetting their gems in new European styles has
also been discussed extensively. Tradition is always important in Indian jewelry. But while
contemporary designers draw on older motifs and styles, including those from the Mughal
and Deco periods, they surpass them with design and superior craftsmanship. This lecture
will consider Mughal and Deco influences in the designs of three contemporary Indian
designers and the artistry produced by them.

Claire Morgan is completing a MA in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian
and Corcoran School and holds several degrees in philosophy and political theory from
various universities. She holds an AJP degree from the GIA, and has made several jewelry
related presentations on the subject of Eastern jewelry in jewelry related venues and

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November 30, 2017
6:30 pm
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