Jewellery designers showcase collections inspired by travel and history.
Delhi-based jewellery designer Neety Singh draws inspiration from bejewelled Mughal princesses and their beautifully rich, intricate polki, meenakari, kundan and jadau jewellery, but blends it with an urbane sensibility creating eclectic pieces. Her new wedding collection uses precious stones like rubies, emeralds, sapphires along with lesser used citrines, amethysts and peridots to creates heirloom collections worth aspiring to.
LAI BY PUJA BHARGAVA KAMATH
Puja Bhargava Kamath’s label Lai offers a new collection in silver inspired by a day spent walking around the bazaars in Old Delhi. Sure to appeal to the memory collectors, the experimenters and culture maven, the collection comprises 23 unique designs of earrings, rings and necklaces. “Old Delhi, specifically Delhi-6 (named after the pin code 110006), is where my grandfather moved from Mathura in 1939, looking for a new beginning with his newly wedded wife, and set up a house. A house my father was born in and where we lived till 1984. While I tried looking at Chandni Chowk with the intent of culling out details with a fresh perspective, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a lot of it was nostalgia-tinted,” says the designer. Prices start at Rs 2,500. Shop at: in.lai-designs.com
Dubai-based Vinita Michael’s new collection ‘A Walk through Venice’ is a celebration of the Italian city. The jewels are inspired by Venetian forms and symbols such as Venetian columns, water fountains and the majestic lion of Venice. “If I were to rename romance, I would call it Venice!” exclaims the award-winning jewellery designer and gemologist, who specializes in both fine gold set with precious gems and sterling silver jewellery. Shop at: vinitamichael.com
“This one’s a trip to Spain and back in jewellery,” says Delhi-based designer Varnika Arora of her latest collection, ‘Gaudi’. The legendary Spanish architect’s high-rise spires and columns have been moulded in signature gold metal and offset with geometric malachite, onyx and citrine. You’ll find triangles that lace marbled roofs reimagined in gold and precious stone. Handcrafted in Jaipur with 24-karat gold and sterling silver plating, completed with precious and semi-precious gemstones, the collection is a story in itself.
First published in the Winter 2018 issue of eShe magazine.