Zanthey in Kolkata remodels old jewellery for a contemporary look
ZANTHEY is a tale of two sisters’ passion to create something unique out of precious metals, stones and more. The brand that launched its flagship store at Garcha Road in Ballygunge last November, creates not just bespoke jewellery but also decorative and gift items that speak volumes of Kavita Gupta and Manju Jhunjhunwala’s creative acumen.
Manju started way back in 1994, under the name of Treasure Chest. Kavita, who was in the gourmet industry, joined her sister in 2005. “It all started from home with small trinkets. Now, we create bigger pieces of j ewellery including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more,” says Kavita.
Making the old into new
Zanthey, which means gold in Greek, concentrates more on remodelling old jewellery in a completely new avatar. We were impressed how traditional motifs in necklaces or earrings were transformed into something contemporary by adding new elements. “We love playing with traditional designs. People want to wear something different and when we add a modern twist to traditional jewellery, it matches their expectations,” explains Kavita, informing us that her products are affordable and customisable. The brand offers a wide range of bracelets, and we loved a bespoke lotus flowers bracelet. With polki, pearls, Meenakari and precious stones like emeralds and even Swarovski, the duo creates statement pieces that are apt for a festive look.
Something for men too
Jewellery is not restricted to women alone, and keeping that in mind, they also have cufflinks in their collection. We loved the oval-shaped cufflinks with meenakari work that simply oozes style. Pair it with any block kurta, and you’re set for a wedding party. “Our USP is that we don’t repeat designs,” avers Kavita, who is planning to introduce diamonds soon in her ensemble. Reinventing the brand profile, the jewellery designers now also work on silverware and gifting items. One can find photo frames, trays, candles and more that look more like works of art. Sample a simple Makaran white photo frame adorned with semi-precious, dark green druzy and shiny metal leaves. Another piece that caught our attention was a deep silver dish or urli bowl, adorned with rose quartz and jade flowers.