CONTEMPORARY anti-ques’ is how jewellery designer Shweta Gupta of Bespoke Vintage Jewels describes her collection. The chic Bangalorean brings vintage uncut diamonds, baroque gems and gold jewellery to Chennai once again with an exclusive collection of earrings, maang tikkas, bangles, rings and necklaces this weekend. Shweta and her husband Nitesh Gupta, the duo behind the 10-year-old brand, love coming to the city. “Our friends here are so inclined towards beautiful things and art,” compliments the 30-something jewellery maven, adding “so they really understand and value our pieces as works of art. We always receive a beautiful response.” Shweta takes care of the creative facet of Bespoke Vintage Jewels, while Nitesh handles the finances.
East meets West
Shweta, a trained fashion designer from Chandigarh, had earlier brought down opulent uncut diamonds and gold pieces as a festive offering before Diwali last year. “I would describe this new collection as being more prêt with a few lighter pieces as well.” The USP of Bespoke’s ritzy 2015 collection is the dramatic combination of ageless Mughal and Victorian-inspired workmanship with Shweta’s modern designs. “My designs are certainly bold,” she agrees, referring to her flair for the dramatic. Her Egyptian-inspired navrathna (nine gems) necklace is perfect for a wedding ensemble, while her uncut diamond bejewelled collar necklace would certainly liven up a sedate dress. “I never create the same design twice, even on request,” she explains, showing us floral-inspired statement necklaces with intricate workmanship featuring meenakari carving and filigree-like detailing on gems. While the cascading waterfall pearl earring caught my eye, Shweta explains “they are also all reversible and can be worn effortlessly with everything from an LBD to a black cocktail sari to a Kanjeevaram pattu.” Since the brand’s inception, Shweta and Nitesh have acquired an impressive following across the country, including the likes of actresses Madhoo and Sarah Jane Dias, celebrity fitness guru Deanne Pandey and star wife Seema Khan. “We started by doing exhibitions across the country. The fantastic response we received encouraged us to start our flagship boutique in Bangalore in 2007,” she concludes.
Rs 2,00,000 to Rs 20,00,000. At Evoluzione, on January 30-31. Details: 28333627.
— Shibi Kumaramangalam