The 21st Century
Also on display are the works of two modern Indian jewellers - Viren Bhagat and the late Munnu Kasliwal. Bhagat, the premier haute-joaillier of India, designs jewels that have a personality of their own – classical yet contemporary and ancient gems in modern settings. A stunning ‘Swag’ necklace is centred on a magnificent pear-shaped Golconda diamond that is strung on six rows of lustrous, perfectly matched natural pearls. The piece de résistance from Bhagat’s âtelier is a kalgi, a modern interpretation of a classical Mughal turban jewel. Remaining faithful to the ancient heritage of India, Munnu Kasliwal’s jewels for The Gem Palace are grand, exotic and eclectic. They include an entire suite of wedding jewels comprising a necklace, a headdress and a pair of earrings, all set with rose-cut diamonds and pearls.
Wedding headdress; Munnu Kasliwal, The Gem Palace, Jaipur, 2004; gold, silver, diamonds, pearls; collection of The Gem Palace, Jaipur.
“Kalgi”brooch; Viren Bhagat; Bhagat, Mumbai, 2013; platinum, diamonds, emerald, pearls; Bhagat collection, Mumbai.