Alternative Wedding Show 2016 PERFECT PARTNERS
24th April - 12th June

Poppy Dandiya

Poppy Dandiya

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Poppy Dandiya is a studio jeweler living between Jaipur and England Poppy was born in 1955 by 1975 he completed his formal education at St Stephens College in Delhi. This education was designed to pave his way into the Indian bureaucracy, but he started biking and backpacking across India and Europe instead. To pay for his travels he bought pieces of old silver jewellery from pawn shops during his biking trips around the Thar desert, and sold it to friends, and later boutiques. Little did he know then that he was setting up the foundations of his new career.

By 1980, Poppy found himself in London, taking evening classes in jewellery-making and gemmologv at Sir John Cass, honing the jewellery instincts he had inherited from his jeweler grandfather. After two years of fun and learning, and selling Indian antiques at weekend markets, Poppy returned to his homeland to relive the colours of Rajasthan. Here he began experimenting with the untapped wealth of the traditional jewellery-making techniques, and created mouth watering pieces amalgamating the techniques of the East and the West. His early pieces were noticed by the HHEC, the Indian equivalent of the Craft Council of UK.  He became their design consultant for their 1985 Festival of India, sponsored by the Indian Govt and hosted at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. Here his iconic necklace designs in silver and garnet became the Smithsonian Catalogues best sellers for 7 years to come. In 1987 Poppy set up India's first modern jewellery making school under the auspice of Chanel Shilp Shala, a ladies polytechnic in Jaipur managed by his mother.  He later won the first prize for his entry in the prestigious Indian Jewellery Design Competition, 1990-91, held at Bombay. Here he designed an 18 Carat gold ring with a princes cut diamond, crafted for him at Richard Holkar's Bombay workshop. Poppy and Richard again worked together to make a polo trophy, sponsored by The Standard Chartered bank, for presentation to Prince Charles in 1992.

Finally, since around 1996, Poppy started sharing his time again between Jaipur and the UK, first in Cambridge and later in Devon.Over the years he has displayed at the Chelsea Craft fair and at Art in Action, and worked with leading galleries including Electrum at South Molton St, and Primavera in Cambridge.

Poppy works in natural gemstones of all colours, which he sometimes cuts and shapes himself, and in diamonds, which he has specially cut.  His choice here is unconventional, and he often chooses to highlight the 'defects' in the natural stone, rather than hide them, to bring out their beauty. He sets these in precious metals, often two toned. The form is relaxed and free. His jewellery, while still modern, sometimes has an archaeological look, reminiscent of 350BC Greek (Bactrian) period in Northwest India.

In more recent years he has given priority to his spiritual quest and spends considerable time meditating and volunteering in a meditation organization.

PERFECT PARTNERS brings together the work of six internationally renowned goldsmiths: Shimell and Madden;
McCaul Goldsmiths; Josef Koppmann; Diana Porter; Jo Hayes Ward; Amanda Mansell.
Also presenting new precious collections by: Alexis Dove; Graeme McColm; Poppy Dandiya; Mirri Damer; Malcolm Morris; Mark Nuell; Adele Taylor; Mia Chicco; Mikala Djorup; Joanne Tinker.