By Anupam Dabral
Breaking away from the traditional Indian aesthetic, these five jewellery designers make eclectic designs with a story behind them. You’ll need nothing else.
(Lead photo) Launched in 2012 by mother-daughter duo Monica Sharma and Meher Rohatgi, Atelier Mon encapsulates contradiction. Experimenting with unconventional Western forms while looping in Eastern references, the label retails from prestigious stores such as Harvey Nichols, Anthropologie-BHLDN, Saks, Lou and Grey, and has been embraced by the likes of Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.
Shop at: Ateliermon.com
Influenced by her global travels and India’s mystique, Anupama Sukh Lalvani launched En Inde in 2004. Architectural shapes and geometry being the focal points of her creations, Anupama has taken a complete detour from traditional gold and diamond jewellery. Modern, edgy and daring, her pieces take hints from patwa, an ancient technique of winding thread in tribal jewellery. Retailing out of prestigious stores in US, France, Australia and Japan, the En Inde label is proof of evolving tastes in jewellery. Shop at: Eninde.com
Lara Morakhia’s contemporary take on classics sets her apart. What began as an artistic pursuit, after Lara was recommended bed rest following an injury, has now become a sought-after label. An eclectic mix of precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals, jadtar, kundan, mother-of-pearl combined with batik bone, leather and beads help shape up Lara’s artistic jewellery pieces. Heritage structures such as Indian temples coupled with contemporary culture form a distinct narrative for Lara as a designer.
Shop at: Laram.in
Kichu Dandiya’s eponymous label finds meaning in artisanal, handcrafted pieces. After completing her Bachelor’s in jewellery design from Central Saint Martins, London, Kichu returned to Jaipur to work with artisans. Her aim was not just to understand the trade but, based on the nuances of various ethnicities, create something as dynamic as today’s changing society. A retro take on traditional Rajasthani anklets, eagle-inspired rings and a bison-inspired pendant are some of her signature pieces.
Shop at: Kichu.co.in
Trained as a sculptor at Goldsmiths, University of London, and having honed her skills under architect and interior designer Ashiesh Shah, Suhani Parekh’s understanding of metal, shape and the global consumer manifests in her label Misho, launched in 2016. She has already earned prestigious fashion awards, and has created pieces for the likes of Rihanna, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor. Suhani is now all set to make headway in the fine jewellery market.
Shop at: Mishodesigns.com
First published in the June 2018 issue of eShe magazine