Sweet Little Paintings: Wearable Art by Ananda Khalsa


Ananda Khalsa combines painting and jewelry making in a very original way. Her work is inspired by Asian art, natural forms and cultural symbols. She was born in 1976 in Tillson, New York (USA), and raised in Western Massachusetts. Her parents are both talented artists, and always encouraged her to be creative. She’s been passionate about art since she can remember, growing up painting and drawing.

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Ananda started her own business in 2002 after she took a metal-smiting class in Colorado. From 2004 she’s been promoting her designs to galleries and stores around the country. In 2006, she won a national award called Jewelry Design Business Development Grant by Halstead Bead Inc. Her raven petal necklace was a Niche Award finalist in 2009.

Ananda’s work is now sold in more than hundred galleries and boutiques across the country. She is also regularly featured in magazines and promotions for fine American Craft events.

Every piece of her jewelry contains a tiny original (!) painting with a stamped hallmark behind tough, tempered glass. The chains and settings are fine or oxidized sterling with a satin finish or high karat gold metalwork. Some of them are accented with crystal and the highest quality semiprecious stones.

Her jewelry is very elegant and sophisticated; every woman would be more than glad to have them. So buckle up guys, you may have to pay a couple of hundred dollars for an original Ananda Khalsa piece, but the result is priceless.

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Symbols in Ananda Khalsa’s work:

Bamboo: represents the spirit of summer, strength, grace and longevity.
Bluebird: cheerfulness, happiness and renewal.
Cardinal: symbol of hope, beauty and warmth of the holiday season.
Crane: honor, royalty, love and romance.
Dragonfly: maturity, power, light and joyfulness.
Iris: Greek goddess of rainbow. Iris represents faith, valor and wisdom.
Koi fish: symbolizes courage, strength and the act of overcoming the problems.
Lotus: purity, birth and enlightenment.
Magnolia: femininity, nobility, and perseverance.
Maple: means balance, promise, practicality endless cycle of life.
Persimmon: transformation, joy to its receiver.
Plum blossom: peace, rebirth and renewal.
Poppy: sleep, promise of resurrection after death.
Raven: symbol of knowledge, represents deep magic, mystery, death and transformation
Violet: modesty, virtue, affection, watchfulness and faithfulness.
Willow: symbolizes deep emotions, intuition, dreaming, feminine energy and loving kindness.

Photos via Ananda’s site.

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