Model Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian,Model Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian ‘temple’ jewellery is also becoming a rage among the discerning jewellery enthusiasts. Interestingly, people are quite wanting to go back to the roots and are quite eager to sport antique jewllery depicting the ancient era.”Temple jewellery mainly consists of designs in kemp, uncut ruby and uncut diamond, although kemp is our best seller,” says Anwar Nissar, the store manager at Prince Jewellery, which was one of the first establishments to have introduced Chennai to antique jewellery with their dedicated line, Ancient Secrets. “There was always a demand. But over the last few years, it has increased and our customers are mostly young women,” he grins.Typically, the range begins at Rs 80,000 and can go up to anything. “It depends on the piece,” explains Anwar. “The older they are, the more expensive. We’ve sold necklaces for Rs 15-16 lakhs each,” he shrugs as he takes one out of the display counter. “This is one of our most popular pieces, the maanga maalai. Since it’s authentic, it would sell at roughly Rs 6 lakh.” The paisleys are exquisitely formed, studded with kemp and the rough sparkle of uncut diamonds. “The quality of workmanship is outstanding,” he adds and there really is no argument. Each piece in their collection can only be termed a work of art, an heirloom, a masterpiece.advertisement”It’s not like all these pieces have been previously owned by royalty,” he says, when questioned about the source. “Many middle class people back in the day would have sold jewellery like this without knowing its actual value. Even today, most people don’t understand the concept of antique jewellery,” he rues.”There was much more honesty and integrity back then. You’ll notice that in the quality of the stone, the gold and the design. There were no cost cuts or compromises – artisans just wanted to make a good product. You don’t get stuff like this anymore, which one of the reasons it’s priced the way it is.””I really love temple jewellery,” says Shruti Hari, one of the more popular faces in Chennai’s modelling circuit. “I learned dance when I was young, so I’ve grown up wearing it.” However, the market for the kemp studded earrings and the paisley shaped necklace isn’t restricted to the dancers anymore. There has been a visible metamorphosis not just in demand, but in design as well, particularly where the artificial variety is concerned.Artificial temple jewellery, which had once been regarded as nothing more than cheap imitation, has garnered a massive fan base of late, especially among young women.Apart from the more ostentatious pieces that are used purely for performances, there is a new hybrid collection that combines specific traditional features, such as the maanga with contemporary settings, and is quite a rage today.The design is modern but still manages to retain old world charm. Add to the fact that artificial jewellery doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket the way authentic jewellery does, and you’ve got a winner.There really are no limits when it comes to styling possibilities, either. It complements any skin colour, and can be paired with most outfits.”I’m wearing a piece right now” laughs Shruti. “It goes with anything. It’s subtle, but grand. I love it.”Elegant, beautiful and timeless, temple jewellery transcends fashion trends, making it the one must-flaunt not just this festive season, but any season. “It can never go out of fashion” she declares. We agree to that for sure. Shoppers stopPrince jewellery Address: No.13, Nageswara Raa Road, Panagal Park, T.Nagar, Chennai – 600 017 Phone No : 044 4266 8181 Nathella’s Arcade 37, Tel: 2831111Narayana pearls No 75, Pondy Bazzaar, Next to Univercell, T.Nagar, Chennai -600 0017 Phone: 4212 3226Anokhi 85, “Chamiers”, Chamiers Road, Ra Puram Chennai, Tamilnadu 600028 42030734
Wales head to Aarhus to face Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday as they look to build on their impressive opening victory over the Republic of Ireland.Ryan Giggs steered the Dragons to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Boys in Green on Thursday to go top of the group and they will be full of confidence heading into the game against the Danes.A dispute over match fees and commercial rights left Danish football in state of stasis ahead of the match and a makeshift team – consisting of futsal and lower league players – fulfilled a friendly against Slovakia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, the stand-off has been defused, meaning Denmark will be at full strength for the visit of the Welsh. Game Denmark vs Wales Date Sunday, September 9 Time 5pm BST / 12pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game will available to watch on Univision Deportes and it can be streamed live online using ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes ESPN+ The game can be watched live on television in the United Kingdom (UK) via Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Main Event or Welsh language channel S4C and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event / S4C Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Denmark squad Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Ronnow, Lossl Defenders Kjaer, Christensen, Boilesen, Stryger Larsen, Vestergaard, Jorgensen, Dalsgaard, Knudsen Midfielders Eriksen, Schone, Delaney, Fischer, Sisto, Jensen, Lerager, Christiansen, Norgaard Forwards Poulsen, Braithwaite, Cornelius While a squad consisting of futsal players and individuals plying their trades in the lower rungs of Danish football was used for the friendly against Slovakia, a near-full strength panel has been called upon for the game against Wales following the resolution of the dispute between the players and the Danish Football Association (DBU).That means players such as Christian Eriksen, Andreas Christensen and Kasper Schmeichel are all involved. However, Feyenoord striker Nikolai Jorgensen and Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg will play no part due to injuries.Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Kjaer, Stryger Larsen, Dalsgaard, Jorgensen; Delaney, Schone, Eriksen, Sisto, Poulsen; Braithwaite. Position Wales squad Goalkeepers Hennessey, Ward, A. Davies Defenders Gunter, Williams, B. Davies, Chester, John, Lockyer, Dummett, C. Roberts, Mepham Midfielders Ledley, Ramsey, King, Allen, Brooks, Ampadu, Smith Forwards Bale, Vokes, Lawrence, Woodburn, Wilson, T. Roberts Wales came through their win over Ireland with no fresh injury concerns, but Ashley Williams misses the game despite making the journey to Aarhus.Potential Wales XI: Hennessey; B. Davies, Chester, Mepham, Gunter; Allen, Ampadu, Ramsey, Roberts, Lawrence; Bale.Betting & Match Odds Hosts Denmark are favourites to win, with bet365 giving odds of 23/20 on a home victory. Wales are rated 14/5 to prevail and a draw is available at 12/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Wales made a powerful statement on Thursday by thrashing Ireland to ensure victory in Giggs’ first ever competitive game as manager and they will attempt to build on that against Denmark in Aarhus.”We had to put a good performance in for the new manager, first home game of a new regime, show what we’re capable of and make a statement,” Bale told Sky Sports after the game.”We’ve been working hard since the new manager came in, he wants to stamp his own style on us with attacking football and we want to express ourselves.”There was lots to improve but lots to enjoy and admire, we hope the fans enjoyed it.”However, while appearing slick against the Irish, they will face an altogether different proposition in the form of Denmark, who also made light work of Martin O’Neill’s team en route to the World Cup.Their drawn-out dispute with the DBU could potentially have an adverse impact, but Age Hareide’s side boast a world-class star of their own in Eriksen, who is surrounded by a capable supporting cast.Should Wales win on Sunday they will move even further clear at the top of the group, putting them in a strong position for promotion to the top tier, but Denmark will be keen to curb any momentum.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Childhood was never like this.A company in southern Alberta has found an unexpected luxury market that involves the lifestyles of the rich and famous, their offspring and its own reality TV show.Former landscaper Tyson Leavitt launched Charmed Playhouses two years ago after noticing countless houses with big, beautiful yards geared to adults while the kids had to settle for a rickety swingset.So he started building luxury playhouses.“This is a Snow White house and the family has got three kids,” explained Leavitt, 33 as he pointed to the future playhouse which was under construction. “One loves Snow White, one loves Rapunzel and the other one is a boy so he wants a castle.“We combined Snow White and Rapunzel’s house and we’re building this really cool bridge which connects the two over to the castle. The house is going to be really refined because it’s obviously for princesses, while the castle is going to have a dungeon so you can throw some prisoners in there.”The project will sell for about US$40,000.Another treehouse is being built for a couple with six special needs children and includes features to help them with dexterity.“A lot of times clients come to us. They just tell us what they like. We take their ideas, we combine them and they morph into something beautiful by the time we’re done,” said Leavitt.“Our entry level one starts at $3,500 and we’ve done playsets up to $200,000. It really depends on what your budget is and your vision is.”Celebrity clients include NBA most valuable player Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Washington National’s slugger Ryan Zimmerman.“I knew it could grow into something great and big but I didn’t imagine the level of clientele I’d be working for. It’s not just celebs — we’ve got amazing families all throughout North America and we’ve shipped stuff over to China which is a travelling set that goes from mall to mall to mall,” he said.“It’s been a crazy ride.”The crazy ride includes the reality TV show ‘Playhouse Masters’ which originally aired on TLC and is now on Animal Planet.Charmed Playhouses started up at the time when Alberta’s economy tanked due to plunging oil prices, but Leavitt said that wasn’t a problem.“A majority of our business is in the U.S. so the recession benefited us because the dollar plummeted and it allowed us to get workers and supplies easily.”The luxury playhouses are completely finished inside, said Leavitt. They feature fireplaces, wainscoting, chandeliers and furniture. No one has asked for indoor plumbing — yet.“Nicer than most houses … legitimately,” Leavitt said with a chuckle.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Eight stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 20———PACKED DAY AWAITS PM TRUDEAU IN NEW YORKPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has a packed agenda today in New York City as he prepares for his speech on Thursday before the United Nations General Assembly. He is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the leaders of seven countries and take part in the Bloomberg Global Business Forum to discuss trade and the global economy. Trudeau will also participate in an armchair discussion with U.S. philanthropist Melinda Gates before speaking to more than 6,000 young people at WE Day UN.———FREELAND: NO REPORTS OF CANADIAN VICTIMS IN MEXICO QUAKEForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says there are no reports of Canadian casualties following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico. Rescuers and volunteers continue to frantically dig through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings, seeking survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities numbered well over 200 early today.———BOMBARDIER WORKERS TO RALLY IN TORONTOThe union representing Bombardier workers says employees at the company’s aerospace plant in Toronto will walk out today — a move meant to pressure Boeing to drop a trade complaint against Bombardier. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the rally is intended to give workers a voice during the ongoing dispute between the two companies. Boeing has filed a trade complaint accusing Bombardier of selling its C-Series passenger jets to a U.S. airline at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies.———MULCAIR: IMPORTANT FOR NEW NDP LEADER TO HAVE SEATOutgoing NDP leader Tom Mulcair says it is important for his successor to have a seat in the Commons — an issue playing out in the current battle to replace him. Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh is the only leadership contender without a federal seat. He is running against three sitting MPs: Ontario’s Charlie Angus, Manitoba’s Niki Ashton and Quebec’s Guy Caron. Referring to Singh, Angus said yesterday that he can’t understand how someone can lack a seat and want a promotion to be prime minister.———CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES TO HOLD FIRST DEBATEFour men vying for the leadership of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party will take part in their first debate tonight in Calgary. Jason Kenney, Brian Jean, Doug Schweitzer and Jeff Callaway will be looking to persuade party members that they have what it takes to topple Rachel Notley’s majority NDP government in the next election. There will be four more debates — in Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Lethbridge — before party members pick a leader next month.———FUNERAL TODAY FOR MOUNTIE KILLED IN COLLISIONA regimental funeral will be held today in Moncton, New Brunswick for a Mountie who was killed last week when he stopped to help motorists change a tire on an SUV. Const. Frank Deschenes of the Nova Scotia RCMP was helping two people when a cargo van plowed into his cruiser near Memramcook, N.B. Deschenes — known or his efforts to get drivers to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles — had just gotten married this summer.———HOSPITAL RECEIVES RECORD DONATIONThe Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation has donated another $100 million to the Toronto cardiac centre bearing the Barrick Gold founder’s name — the largest single charitable contribution ever to a Canadian hospital. The donation brings the foundation’s support of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the University Health Network where it is housed to more than $175 million since 1993.———LABATT PLANS $460M INVESTMENT IN CANADALabatt Breweries of Canada says it will pour $460 million into its operations between 2017 and 2020 to help boost growth. The maker of such brands such as Labatt Blue, Budweiser and Alexander Keith’s says the figure includes $62.2 million towards brewery operations this year. Labatt employs more than 3,500 people in Canada and will celebrate its 170th anniversary this fall.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— A court hearing is scheduled in St. Jerome, Que., for a man involved in an Amber Alert this week involving his 6-year-old son.— Sentencing hearing in Calgary for Allan Shyback, found guilty of manslaughter in the 2012 death of his partner Lisa Mitchell.— The federal Liberal, New Democrats and Conservatives will hold national caucus meetings in Ottawa.— Statistics Canada will release July stats on travel between Canada and other countries.— Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Sharon Johnston welcome Canadian athletes who will compete in the Toronto 2017 Invictus Games.