9 Jewellery Designers On Their Favourite Piece of Jewellery
From necklaces featuring a 100-carat Columbian emerald, Basra pearls, and responsibly-sourced diamonds, to a masterpiece created for the film Padmaavat, here’s a look at some truly special pieces of jewellery, from the brands loved by all.
PART 1: Brides Today Digital asked nine of India’s biggest jewellery houses to reveal one favourite piece each, from their own collections (not an easy feat, you would agree). From necklaces featuring a 100-carat Columbian emerald, Basra pearls, and responsibly-sourced diamonds, to a masterpiece created for the film Padmaavat, here’s a look at some truly special pieces of jewellery, from the brands loved by all.
CENTRE OF ATTRACTION
“It took us almost two years to craft this marvellous necklace. It is carved in 18K white gold, and is centred by a 100 carat Columbian emerald of remarkable transparency and purity,” explains Yash Agarwal, Partner and Creative Director at Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jaipur.
The diamond and ruby interlinks have been meticulously carved by the jewellery house, and “diamond briolettes have been included to add to the grandeur and finesse of the Begum necklace.”
This piece celebrates history on a string, for the modern wearer. “It is inspired by Mughal royalty, and designed keeping in mind a sense of refined beauty, elegance, and feminine appeal,” he says.
The statement necklace is also flexible and allows movement while wearing it, in spite of how large it is. “It can be styled with traditional, Indian attire as well as western looks—emphasising on your style and personality is always important,” Yash adds.
WORK OF ART
“This necklace is an ode to the classic Rani Haar, reimagined in a contemporary manner,” shares Kunal Rawat, Chief of Operations at Rawat Jewels. The stunning necklace features a pendant made with two semi-circular, carved emeralds, weighing almost 495 carats, encased in a polki-studded frame.
“We adapted the conventional belt-like polki string, which usually shapes a Rani Haar, to a band of classic Mughal floral motifs—each of these is studded in jadau, and they lead up to the accentuated pendant,” he explains. What is interesting about the design is that despite being strung in a heavy band, the pendant remains the centre of attention.
“Being Jaipur-based jewellers for over nine generations, a piece like this will always be special to us because it is a timeless creation. With it, we pay homage to the rich jewellery culture our family has been known for,” he says. Kunal considers this necklace ideal for the modern bride, who could wear it with both traditional, Indian outfits and western silhouettes. “We like to call such classic, Indian jewellery ‘art pieces’ for how unique they look. I imagine that this piece would make a statement not only in modern times, but also over generations to come, as family heritage.”
“This stunning pair of earrings has been crafted with rose-cut diamonds and round, brilliant diamonds in the Baroque style. What makes it unique is the intricate craftsmanship that beautifully accentuates the classic, European-inspired design,” shares Ishu Datwani, Founder of ANMOL. The ornate danglers have been crafted “keeping in mind the eloquence of women from royalty, who make a statement with their individuality and persona.” For the modern woman, Ishu imagines these being worn to a sophisticated wine and cheese gathering, styled with a cocktail dress. “These earrings would also look beautiful when worn to an extravagant wedding function, paired with an elegant outfit. They make a statement, which traces back to the imperial legacy,” he shares.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
“This striking cuff was made keeping the red carpet in mind, and is set in 18K white gold with rare and responsibly-sourced Forevermark diamonds,” says Bhavin Jakhia, Director of Om Jewellers.
Crafted for their signature collection, the design is suited to special events where one needs to dress up for the occasion.
“It’s a versatile cuff and complements both Indian and western silhouettes. As it’s a statement piece, it's best accessorised with a pair of chandelier or diamond drop earrings and nothing more. Simplicity is beauty,” Bhavin shares.