Mumbai-based jewellery designer Shaheen Abbass latest line of diamond jewellery is called The Magic of the Mashrabiyas. Named after a type of window enclosed with carved wood latticework,her range is inspired by the jharokas she spotted in Saudi Arabia during a visit earlier this year.
Abbas brings her interpretation of the intricate sculptural wonders to the range of jewellery. I was there for a pilgrimage but I couldnt help admiring the stunning architecture and carvings there and couldnt resist taking pictures. The idea for the collection germinated there and soon took on a life of its own, says Abbas,who worked on 140 sketches and finally produced 50 pieces. She has collaborated with Gehna Jewellers to launch this range.
Abbas had launched her silver jewellery label Flower Child in 2005 and moved on to working with precious jewellery in 2010. Now,she is raring to start work on her next collection for the jewellery store. Its so easy to do a collection when youre inspired, says Abbas.