Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Exclusively for Sanctum

Previous post began with thanking Sandhya Gorthi of The Shop. This post contains pictures from the new customized and exclusive collection for a new brilliant lifestyle store in Mumbai (19th road, Khar) called 'Sanctum'. This ones too owned by the same amazing woman called Sandhya Gorthi.

Sanctum is a fabulous split level 'Shabby chic' store thats all about affordable designs. 

CR 125 - the one with turquoise

CR 116 - the scribbled ones

My partner for this project is a very interesting young lady called Mehrunisa. She helps me in maintaining the sugar in my designs and I help her with spices ;) Have I told you I love sugar! and cry at the mere mention of spices.

For the earrings above... I was just scribbling with my pencil. Nisa (Mehrunisa) just took my pencil and added a hook to one of my scribbles. And voila! 

Design wise, we compliment each other like roti and sabji...

CR 115 - the tribal ones

CR 122 - the popular ones with green cz

CR 126 - the most fabulous ones

A large number of pieces have been designed by Coyote specially for this project. Will add more soon. Some sooper interesting and unusual nose pins are going to show up too! The brief was to keep the pieces for the store pocket friendly and very Coyote!

Coyote is happy to be working with Sandhya and Sanctum.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bartan by Coyote ....2

The SALE was fabulous! Would love to thank The Shop, Sandhya Gorthi and the whole team at the store.

The response to both the new collections was amazing! Great feedbacks too... So I thought of sharing some more pictures from the 'bartan' series here.

karchiyaan - kaan k zewar (earrings)

tawa - kapde ka zewar (brooch)

You have seen the above two designs.. Some more below..

karchiyaan - kapde ke zewar (set of 3 pins - brooch)

pateeliyaan - kapde vah gale ka zewar (brooch cum pendant)

pateeli - haath ka zewar (double finger ring)

After seeing this collection 'bartan'... many freinds and strangers came and shared their childhood stories and stories of how they played with their friends. I wanted to make this series forever... because of my happy memories attached to it. I guess the feeling was very honest and rubbed off on a lot of people who saw it. It evoked nostalgia...

Have one more good news to share! I shall soon be holding an online Sale for those far away from Mumbai. So make space in your calendars for next week! Shall announce the dates soon!

Will be adding the pictures of the second collection very very soon! Also have some more great news lined up... wait on..

Have an energetic monday!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bartan by Coyote

A quick and short post!

introducing....... bartan by Coyote. 

karchiyaan - kaan k zewar (earrings)

I loved playing with these baby utensils as a child. And once fried baby pooris in my baby pan too! Now these utensil sets are almost extinct! Available only in poor quality plastic. I have been itching to do this one for as long as I can remember! The whole collection resembles pots, pans, cup saucers, tongs, etc.

tawa - kapde ka zewar (brooch)

To see more of this collection... drop in at The Shop in Pali Naka (Drego House), Bandra (Mumbai) on any day up till the 4th of August 2011. From 11am to 9pm.

Let me know how you like this collection and if you have any ideas from childhood, waiting to take form... 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

this one or that one... for the SALE

I am holding a SALE  of my designs, old as well as new, in Mumbai. It is in a fabulous lifestyle store called The Shop in Pali in Bandra.

For the SALE I have made three e-invites. I have sort of made up my mind as to which one I like. But can always use a few more votes/suggestions. 

Which one do you like out of these..

invite 1.
The invite above has one of my favourite pieces.. the 'Jai Mata Di' brooch and CN 107 - stiletto earrings.

invite 2.
Invite no 2 has CP4 - the repousse brooch I had earlier posted. And a ring from my 'Paanch Rupaiyya' collection, in which all the coins are removable and usable without being damaged.

invite 3.
This invite has a pendant with turquoise made by me during my industrial training and CY 81 earrings.

The last one does not have very clear shots I feel. And my favourite is no 1. Which invite would you answer to?

The SALE is from 22nd to 28th of July. 11-9 on weekdays and 12-9 on Sunday. I shall also unveil 2 new collection on the 22nd of July at The Shop. These shall stay on display till the 4th of August. (Will post images from the two new collections very soon).

Happy shopping in the SALE! And I'll be seeing you there..

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

old me vs/ the new me...

Old me was great! The me in middle was a little low. And the me now is like never before!

When I did a post on my industrial trainings' learnings and makings and explorations... I got a few ideas. Imagine... getting ideas from ideas!

So using two ideas from the last post of industrial training (read the text below these images in the earlier/linked post to get the point)...

'un-holed' blue ball exploration

textured golf ball with stamps behind

I made a these two..

Blue ball double finger ring - CR 87

Blue ball double finger ring - CR 87

Golf ball pendant/brooch - CR 

Golf ball pendant/brooch with stamps behind - CR 88

Have an easy easy week ahead!

Monday, June 13, 2011

i still want my hula hoop

Ever heard this song from the animated film Alvin and the Chipmunks? I went crazy when I heard it first.. specially on this line. 
CN 43 - inspired by Vajra

CN 79 - texture and layering inspired by fish scales

CN 44

Hoops...... classy and crazy! You can find all sorts. I suddenly noticed that I too have made a lot of hoops over the years. 

CN 25

CR 67

CR 33 - with carved turquoise flowers

The good part about them... is that they are so versatile! They can be clubbed on any outfit... be it Indian or otherwise.

CN 100 + CN 101

CN 100 + CN 105

CR 32 + CN 102

 ...and they suit all face cuts!

CN 159

CN 133 - with blue chalcedony

CY 20

The most lo-hass piece in a jewellery box!

CN 155 - carved in turquoise with carnelians

How many hoops do you have?

Friday, June 3, 2011

mere paas 'maa' hai... tere paas 'key' hai...?!

Maa (mom) to theek hai... the question is whether to 'key' or not to 'key'...

maa hoop

An incident that happened in 2007-08 inspired me to make this design. the story goes like... 

In 2007-08 season of cricket, Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh was accused of abusing Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. Wonder why was calling 'monkey' termed as a racial abuse... just because Symonds is from mixed race maybe?!

Coming back to the monkey business.... I mean the story behind the 'monkey calling'. Only Indians knew this one. These two got into a verbal brawl. And Harbhajan being the hot headed punjabi munda, must have said 'teri maa ki...' Which loosely means 'your mum's...' and nothing further. Its a way of teasing or say partially abusing. And all Symonds understood and held onto was 'maa-key', which eventually made sense as 'monkey' to him.  Indian news channels were flooded with this revelation and amusing piece for days.

And this is how came the 'ki' to the 'maa'...

maa + key

One night some friends were partying at my old house. Two of them (one sporty and one experimental) saw these two pairs of earrings (maa-key) that had arrived the same evening. They loved it and picked them up right then and to spice things up further, both kept gold for one ear and silver for the other. 

maa-key earrings

The above is the sporty ones pairs' current picture, here maa is gold and the other is silver. 

Anyone else with a funny story behind a piece of jewellery?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Come summers and all things cool appeal. Somehow lemons are close to me more than ever! And chartreuse is fast becoming my favourite. One of the new pieces that has just arrived has a gorgeous-gorgeous green stone...

CR 89

Love how the simple link and the beautiful green (not enhanced digitally) make the piece look so stylish. By the way the ends are now secured by a similar green satin ribbon.

Thinking of lemons....... one song surely spring to my mind... the ever classic Lemon Tree. Also, a few weeks back I was introduced to Lemon Jelly..an old Brit electronic duo who have made some amazing music!

CN 32

This one is an old design. I got bored of the last piece I made of this one. So to add a twist, instead of the drops below I suspended a peridot chain (also green!) from the jumpring of one earring and ended it at the other. And voila! a chain cum a pair of earrings was ready. Looked tangilicious...

Have a flavourful and zesty week!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

new stuff

My new collection is almost ready... and getting ready as per my hearts content and satisfaction this time! Shall write and reveal more about it very soon.

CR 86

I have been enjoying a lot lately ...funning and friending. An old design of mine in a new look just arrived and is all black.. I fell for it completely! During the blackening process, some random marks appeared on it. And thats what excited me the most! (visible on the left side of the image) These silverish marks add so much character and individuality... just love them! 

Also, a crazy-fun friend of mine had come to stay with us for the last weekend. She introduced me to this very infectious french song... I love Dance

See if you get infected...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

look who has come...

... a romantic!

This gorgeous girl goes by the name Divya. She is not only beautiful but also very talented! Armed with an experience of about 7 years in design, this lass has not created less then wonders in the name of jewellery. I asked her to do the honor of inaugurating my guest bloggers list because I simply adore here style and language. This is what she wrote...

I am Divya, an accessory designer by profession with a die-hard romantic essence and the lines that follow, reflect a bit of both. I find romance everywhere… in literature, in music, in food and add it in every piece of jewellery I create. I am curious to know who will wear it, excited to see the gleam in her eyes and the sheer joy of owning something that makes her feel beautiful.

Every girl has a favorite piece of jewellery which she treasures, for me its an ordinary tiny diamond ring that I wear on my most important finger. We women are romantics! Even those who claim they are not ;)

When Dipika asked me to write a little something for her blog, I thought of sharing two beautiful stories, where the feeling behind the jewellery became of more importance than the jewellery itself. And its for all those guys out there to know that it is not the ‘material’ that we care about, it is the thought that counts so much more…

Story 1:

This one is about a bourgeois couple in love for last 25 odd yrs. A classic case of a guy completely smitten by his lady love, who wants to emote every expression of love that exists, neutralized by a woman who is introvert and shy and her best expression of love towards him lies in a beautiful smile and by the way she stands besides him. The man changed by the undiluted love of a woman who accepted his flaws in the same vein as his affection. He transformed, from the loud ignorant man who enjoyed a drink too often with his friends, to a man who valued his family…his lovely wife and children.

Her unflinching support through the difficult times when success eluded him, made him realize that perhaps love is not just about making yourself heard, perhaps stronger when unsaid. So after some difficult times had passed and he regained what had set him back, he wanted to do something special for her.

On a usual Sunday evening, after their cup of chai together, he took her out to the bazaar, where they usually went to have her favourite panipuri. As he parked his scooter, he took her by surprise by taking her to a jeweller’s store. Her gold kadas (thick/wide bangles) were ready. He handed them over to her saying, ‘I can never thank you enough for what you have done for me, for all those sacrifices you have made silently. You sold off your gold kadas so that I could pay off my debts, that day was very painful for me. I had resolved then, that the day I had enough, I would buy them back for you’. A teardrop was shimmering on the sides of her eyes, when she heard this, which meant – I will love you forever. She was too shy to say it. He understood... and said ‘I love you too.

Those kadas are still my moms most precious gift.

Story 2:

It was their 50th wedding anniversary. They had a huge gathering at their royal mansion in a posh locality in the city of Mumbai. He had made it big after all these years and she stood by him from rags to riches, strong, supportive and confident in him. She looked beautiful, he thought, even though years had wrinkled her face but her eyes still had the same glint when they had first met. Maybe it was her soul that rendered the radiance. He looked at her and then at the mansion, and thanked god for all that he had achieved, material and spiritual.

After cutting the anniversary cake, he took her inside and showed her two boxes. She opened the first box. A note in it read - ‘You were with me when I could give you just this’. The box had a ‘fake diamonds’ necklace made with ordinary metal that he had gifted her on their first anniversary. It was all he could afford to buy then. He handed her the second box. It had the same necklace, but this one had real diamonds set in gold. And the note read - ‘You have been a wonderful companion. And have been my support in the years I was struggling. Without you I wouldn’t have been what I am. This is a small token of my love and thanks’. She knew she could afford all the diamonds in the world at that time. Yet what made that diamond strand extra precious to her was the thought and love behind it. She looked at him with the same twinkle in her eyes – just like the diamonds he had just gifted her… and smiled.

And yes, this is a true story too… of one of my clients’. I designed and made that diamond necklace for his wife and in the process got to know his plan and her reaction to it.

I believe every one of us has a story to tell, about the most prized jewellery piece that is ever so close to our heart. So when you are back home, ask your friend, mom, grandma.. which is that piece of jewellery that is closest to her heart? More often then not, her most cherished piece would be the one for a reason that is beyond its material cost or physical beauty.

-Divya Batra.

A few things about her...

CN 28 the Coyote design Divya adores

This aquarian loves reading Gulzar and Harivanshrai Bachchan. Her favourite song is 'aapki aankhon mein kuch' from the hindi movie Ghar. Apart from being a very sweet singer she secretly yearns to play the guitar like a pro while singing. She admires CN 32, CN 74 and CN 76 and CN 28 from the Coyote designs (75% jaali designs by the way!). Prefers movies over clothes and food over flowers! A tub of Bavarian chocolate ice cream is her idea of indulgence. And her favourite word is bosa... which means a light kiss!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

turq sweet home...

45 inch mirror table top

Kanika of anek designs saw my old nests pictures a few days back on my FB account. She asked if she could do a post on it on her blog. And I immediately agreed! But only after loving the idea of doing the same on my blog... 

coffee corner with my favourite gold frame

So here I am... bouncing off on her idea... and posting a pictures of my old home.  I am emotionally attached to this place... and I guess I will be forever. It was this house that I moved into, when I first landed in Mumbai three and a half years back to make it my new home. 


It was a mid December evening when my flight landed in Mumbai. And my very-few-days old husband dropped me here and went off to collect his bags and books from his old place. And there I was! Standing in an empty house with only tubes, fans, fittings in the bath and a thin film of dust on everything one could lay eyes on!

pee place

I scrubbed and clean every corner of the hall so that we could have a clean place to sleep that night. Over the next few months we gathered a few required things to fill it up and added the much loved accent colour to the drab walls.

the wall

By the way my husband painted this magical wall. He started one morning. Sketched. And before lunch it was morphed! He infused life in it! He is an amazing artist... See his work here.

We stayed in this house from 2007 to 2009. When we moved a lot of my friends asked, 'What did you do to the wall?' They were sincerely worried! My aesthetics have changed a lot since then. My wish list for my dream home is very different and very long too  :D

Do you have a dream home? ...or a wish list for it?

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