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Brad Pitt's "Troy" jewellery made in India
By Hindol Sengupta, IANS
This summer's biggest Hollywood film, the Greek epic "Troy" will see actor Brad Pitt wearing Indian jewellery.
Pitt will be sporting chunky silver Greek-style medallions made by jewelers Amrapali based in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
A design team from Warner Brothers, the studio that has made the mammoth film based on Homer's epic The Iliad, was so impressed by a collection the jewellers did for swank London store Selfridges that they approached Amrapali to design for "Troy".
"What was most thrilling were the compliments we got," said Rajeev Arora, one of the two partners who run Amrapali, which has earlier designed for the likes of supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress and video producer Ali McGraw.
"It was one of the many orders until the team started corresponding with us."
Among the pieces sourced are jewellery dipped in gold inspired by the Bonda tribe of Orissa, glass pendants crafted in a Greek genre of design and other oriental interpretation of the armlet and cummerbund.
The house of Amrapali is known for coupling primeval Indian designs and modern chic in their work. They are influenced by the traditions of the Rajput warrior clan in Rajasthan and the Toda tribe of Tamil Nadu.
They also make a lot of fine filigree creations, pieces in hand beaten gold and silver and using gemstones like Rainbow Moonstone and crystal quartz.
In India, Hindi film actresses like Rekha, Tabu, Manisha Koirala and Dimple Kapadia don Amrapali jewellery.