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Many of the lovely faceted gemstones available for beaded jewelry come from mines and gem cutting factories in India. Although more subdued than traditional Indian jewelry, this design features a geometric, symmetric pattern of pearls and gemstones that is reminiscent of the beautiful collar style seen in the jewelry. In Afternoon Raag, a short novel by Amit Chaudhuri, the narrator describes his mother practicing scales for a raag (classicial Hindu melody) or relaxing and waiting for his father to join her for tea. He remembers his music teacher, and the sounds of the raags stirring the house in smooth swells, rising and falling, blending with hum in the house, the servants and family members, all part of an intricate pattern. Both the oppressive heat of the outdoors but quiet stillness and relative coolness of the home are present; the drowsy afternoon hours give way to the more active hours of evening and conversation. I live in the desert so I appreciate this shift, when the day moves from heat so intense it presses one into the ground to something a little milder, when one can sit outside in the swirling eddies, thankful the sun has set. This necklace is lightweight but elegant, perfect for a summer evening on the patio with iced drink in hand. Cost: $104.00 USD
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