Polished is passé — this season is all about keeping your statement pieces natural
Suddenly it’s no longer just about cut, clarity and colour. Jewellery designers around the world are experimenting with gemstones in their raw, untreated forms. From rough emeralds and rubies to sliced tourmalines with their multi-hued whorls, these unusual stones are taking the spotlight in accessories ranging from neck pieces to bracelets. And with celebrities like Chitrangada Singh, Jacqueline Fernandes and Leighton Meester sporting them on the red carpet, we thought we’d bring you our pick.
All that bling
Our love affair with blue is far from over.
From Amrapali Jewels, this 18k gold-plated bracelet—with a big blue agate stone forming the focal point—is a great accessory for a day at work or a casual evening out. Rs 3,100, at Amethyst. Details: 45991633
Yes, we know these aren’t gemstones, but these black and grey basalt stones from Iceland—lava rocks shaped by water over centuries into smooth oblongs and circles—create quite an impact. Crafted by city-based designer Ratika Haksar, the drop earrings are set in silver and will make a great addition to your jewel box. Rs 15,000.
Grab a slice
This may be a little out of our league, but we can’t help mooning over this stunning Kara Ross necklace. The NYC-based designer’s Petra Raw Rubellite Slice Necklace comes with an 18k gold mosaic link—featuring rubellite and diamond inlay—and is all you’ll ever need to set tongues wagging. Rs 13,73,450. Details: kararossny.com
Here’s something for the men. At your next black tie event, Studio Tara’s cuff links—made with watermelon tourmalines and emeralds, wound together with gold wire—will set you apart from the crowd. Rs 1,15,000. Details: 43144511
Tales in blue
When one accessory is all you need, reach for the Seafaring Cuff from New-York based designer Emilie Shapiro. Inspired by the sea, the rough aquamarines are embedded in recycled brass to create this imposing piece. Let your wrist do the talking for a change, we say. Rs 20,605 approximately. Details: emilieshapiro.com
Stone in focus
The perfect foil to manicured hands is this ring from Wexford Jewellers. From the Michigan-based jeweller’s Root Rings collection—handformed wearable art made with sterling silver and gemstones—this piece uses an unpolished, rough cut amethyst.
Rs 23,475 approximately.
Give your lobes a dash of luxe with these Feather Sun earrings from Natalie Dissel. The Dutch designer based in Bali, Indonesia, has complemented the sheen of agate with 13-carat citrine gemstones and detailing with peach coloured sapphires. Set in 18K yellow gold, these danglers will get you praise a plenty. Rs 2,30,052 approximately. Details: nataliedissel.com
Drape it or knot it, this lariat necklace with its statement slices of blue agate, offset by blue topaz, is a show-stealer. From Delhi-based brand Zariin, the Wrap & Knot Necklace uses bezel-set crushed gold—that follows the form of the raw stones—to achieve a look that is elegant and stunning. Wear it with an LBD for maximum impact. Rs 12,000. Details: 011 41096914
Keep things simple with this sliced amethyst pendant, in a prong setting, that can work well with a tee and jeans or a smart evening dress. From Pashma’s recently-launched artisinal jewellery collection, the piece starts from Rs 7,000 onwards. At Collage. Details: 28291443
Surya Praphulla Kumar