March 24, 2013
Hallmark Group Launches "Divine India" Collection
Photo: Shiva rhythmically synthesizes the principles of both destruction and creation. Hence in Shiva, meaning “the auspicious one”, the finite and infinite meet and all opposites are reconciled. Shiva has many forms through which His different aspects and attributes are worshipped and brought into our lives. This engraved ingot captures one of His most popular manifestations.
Photo: Krishna played a leading role in the epic Mahabharata. As the author of the Bhagvad Gita, He rallied Arjun to take up the battle between the forces of good and evil. In a more romantic vein, the relationship between Krishna and His adored Radha has become immortalized as the ultimate expression of love and devotion. Their passion, recorded in many sagas, symbolizes the soul’s intense longing for unification with God. The intricate details of this celebrated deity are transformed into a 3-dimensional sculpture and engraved onto a solid gold-layered ingot.
• In a first-of-its-kind in the world, Hallmark India, part of London-based Hallmark Group, has launched the ‘Divine India’ collection of 15 pure silver ingots (.999) layered in 24-carat gold of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. To preserve the value for the collectors, the ‘Premium Edition’ with 15 ingots has only 7,500 complete sets each.
The limited ‘Divine India’ collection is inspired by the finest paintings from Yogendra Rastogi, V.V. Sapar and Nirmala, who are considered among India’s leading artists of divine art.
“The ‘Divine India’ Collection is unquestionably one of the finest collections of engraved silver ingots that has ever been produced, unrivaled anywhere in the world. It has taken more than two years of intensive artistic endeavor, fine sculpture and skilled engraving to create the 15 Master Dies ready for minting,” said Mr. R.A. Wainwright, Chairman, Hallmark Group Limited.
The collection spans the diversity of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses in India - Ganesha, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Balaji, Sai Baba, Murugun, Kali, Durga, Hanuman, Saraswati, Ram Durbar, Radha & Krishna, Lakshmi and the Supreme Consciousness represented by Om.
“Honoring India’s most revered deities, the Hallmark team of artists, sculptors and engravers have created the ‘Divine India’ collection. Placed in a handmade, lacquered wood box, each set has a complete 15 fact cards and an album, a jeweler’s cloth, cotton gloves and a mother of pearl tool to lift the ingots and it comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity,” the company stated.
Hallmark has operating divisions throughout Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific.