Hanut Singh

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Roy­alty’s tryst with all things sparkly has al­ways been part sen­ti­ment, part state­ment. In the case of Hanut Singh, it was the per­fect amal­gam of passion and prove­nance that put him on the cre­ative side of the draw­ing board. A scion of the royal fam­ily of Ka­purthala, Singh, 44, de­signs sub­lime jew­ellery that has Mughal in­flu­ences, ar­chi­tec­tural in­spi­ra­tions with in­ter­play of un­usual colours. Al­though his de­signs have been worn by celebri­ties such as Diane von Fursten­berg, Wendi Deng Mur­doch, Bey­oncé, and even Madonna, he claims to have had the most fun de­sign­ing Katy Perry’s en­gage­ment ring when she mar­ried Rus­sell Brand. Singh char­ac­terises his jew­ellery as “whim­si­cal with a dis­tinc­tive edge that drips with sheer glam­our and ease.” While gold is the metal of choice, his favourite stones keep chang­ing; he is cur­rently ob­sessed with Paraiba

tour­ma­lines and Herkimer di­a­monds. Exclusive to the point of be­ing reclu­sive, he re­tails only through gallery shows or by ap­point­ment in In­dia and at Roseark in Los Angeles and Fred Leighton in New York.

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