In a society where glamorous has come to mean ostentatious, jewels that do not sparkle have taken a back seat and dusty heirlooms have been vaulted in bank lockers to be resurrected only at family weddings.
It’s all about who makes the biggest bang with the overt show of the biggest buck. Yet, Qamarunnisa Khan is working painstakingly to restore the glory of old jewels while simultaneously ensuing that they become affordable for women to bring them back in vogue from their recent fashion obscurity. “There was a time we spoke about ‘tolas’, then grams and now it’s just milligrams,”. She experiments with various metals to revive antique jewelery but gives them a gold finish. She’s found an apt home for her treasures at Lahore’s Hauz Khas, a store that houses antique furniture and indigenous clothing in an atmosphere of an aging ‘haweili’.