When leading houses put their prized rocks and movie stars on the runway at the India International Jewellery Week
IT is considered the mother of all jewellery shows, and this year was no different. With 24 jewellery houses and just as many movie stars, it was no wonder that the fifth edition of the India International Jewellery Week last month got more than enough page 3 coverage. Unfortunately, when you have everyone from Sridevi to Parineeti Chopra, Sonam Kapoor (championing white and a gold hairband from Ganjam), and the new gang of starlets, from Shraddha Kapoor onwards, walking the runway, the jewellery, no matter how precious, has to take a backseat. That said, the three-day affair at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt had its share of royal, tribal and nature-inspired elements in gold and silver. From Sridevi’s diamond Rani Haar to vintage brooches, and chunky cuffs for the ear, wrist and ankle, there was much to absorb. Plus, fashion designers like Neeta Lulla and Vikram Phadnis were roped in to add power to the stars. Read on for some designs that made an impact.
Jaipur brand, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas, may have had Malaika Arora Khan wearing red and showcasing a kundan necklace. However, this 18K gold elephant brooch deserved more attention. Drawing inspiration from coins from medieval India, and the dynasties of Nanda and Maurya, and weighing over 50 grams, it is a keeper. Details: 09829065229
With Bollywood taking up the front row, celebrity jeweller Farah Khan’s show was clearly the most anticipated. Her Quaintrelle line featured statement rings and multi-pendants on diamond strands. This floral cocktail ring with sapphires and diamonds in 18k gold is priced at Rs.5,10,000. Details: 022 26518888
Choose a concept
From National Institute of Design’s structural jewellery featuring coiled metal strips, circles and 3-D effect, to what was designed by other big brands for Swarovski, the event was not short on bold concepts. We liked this bridal hairband from Ganjam, Arbor Amore, inspired by nature and worn by Sonam Kapoor at the event.
IIJW 2014 saw a few experiments with hair ornaments and this one has been created by Alka Kumar for AKS. In pure silver with gold polish, it is a tribute to traditional beauty rituals and is priced at Rs.25,000. Details: 08000041011
Designer Sumit Sawhney had all eyes in the room trained on his showstopper, Sunny Leone, but his Royal Tribe line was equally memorable. This peacock ring from his brand, Apala, presents the bird in 3-D form. In Victorian gemstone setting, it is fashioned from silver, with 22kt gold layering, with ruby, blue sapphire, green onyx and cubic zirconia. Rs. 39,500. Details: 09811030101
Rock the hand
Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery’s collection has been inspired by Jaipur’s city palace architecture. Students worked with 3D form and this piece, by Prashant Jangir, has been created from 925 silver and is priced at Rs.15,000. Details: 09799885228
Padmaja, a bridal design from Surya Golds, puts Swarovski Zirconia to best advantage. In 14k gold, and featuring shades like green and purple, this is a Gem Visions showpiece for Swarovski, designed with a contemporary bride in mind.
It is not on sale.
Hyderabad designer Moni Agarwal’s Meeravali makes the most of superior polkis and Columbian emeralds. Celebrating Rajasthani tradition, it includes maang tikkas and entwined gold and diamond waistbands. This neckpiece features south sea pearls in 22kt gold, with emeralds and uncut polkis. At approximately Rs.4,00,000. Details: 09703165905
Making its debut at IIJW, Bangalore’s Ganjam showed four lines but it was Mayuratna that drew the most applause, as expected. Designed with 15 drop-shaped Zambian emeralds weighing 243cts, it is paired with white brilliant cut and pear cut diamonds weighing 80.80cts, and a jewelled peacock at the back. The Heritage line is priced from Rs. 2,00,000. Details: 22286135