While the city readies itself for festival fervour on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, markets are leaving no stone unturned to lure customers with products inspired by the elephant god.
Among other things, jewellery based on Ganpati is gaining popularity and city jewellers are working overtime to bring out interesting and unusual pieces in gold, silver and even diamonds, especially for the 10-day festival, starting September 19.
Amongst the jewellery pieces available, one can find Supari, Mukut, bangles, bracelets, chains, durva, modaks, kanathi and bajooban. “There is good demand for silver jewellery as it is cheaper and looks good on the idol as well.
A lot of people are also opting for jewellery with kundan work. Every year we try and come up with new trends in Ganapti jewellery,” says Vastupal Ranka, co-owner of Ranka Jewellers.
Some of the new jewellery items that are doing the rounds this year are earrings for Ganapati, chain of hibiscus flowers made in silver, gold etc. You can also shop for interesting Mushak or rat (that is considered as a must with Ganapati), and different varieties of pagdis in gold and silver.
The Uparana (stole that is put on Ganapati) is available has in a variety of designs and types. The base is silver or bronze and then there is Zaradosi work done on it. The bangles have also a lot of kundan and Zardosi work.
Tara Jewellers, PNG Jewellers and Ranka Jewellers are some of the famous jewellers in the city that stock a variety of jewellery pieces for the festival.
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