STANDOUT SPARKLERS AT IIJS
IIJS, the much- awaited mega show in terms of innovation and design, offers trend directions for the upcoming months. SOLITAIRE INTERNATIONAL highlights some brands and designers who had something novel on display.
India’s most acclaimed jewellery designer Anand Shah surprises clients time and again by unveiling conceptual innovations at the show. Hailed among the world’s ten best jewellery designers, Shah works his magic with the yellow metal – his preferred canvas. Inspired by the eternal beauty of nature, the maestro glorifies its elements with alternative material combined with gold. “I see God in nature, and since I represent it in yellow gold, even the metal becomes sacred for me,” notes Shah. “That is the reason why I consider gold to be my canvas.”
At IIJS, Shah unveiled an exclusive bridal collection in 22-karat gold accentuated with mirrors. The ‘Aeena’ or the Mirror collection is handmade and crafted using ancient crafts such as filigree, granulation, jaali work and chitrai. Perfect for a modern bride, the breathtaking Aeena collection mirrors the beauty of Mother Nature.
The inspiring life of Saint Mother Teresa motivated jewellery designer Laksh Pahuja to create a piece of jewellery as a tribute. Unveiled by industry leaders including Nirupa Bhatt, Vaishali Banerjee and Sanjay Kothari, the necklace depicts the flawless wings of an angel, studded with white and blue Swarovski cubic zirconia to represent her humble attire – a white cotton sari with blue stripes. The many religious symbols engraved on the necklace articulate her open-hearted nature, never focusing on any particular caste or creed. “My motive was to bring out Saint Mother Teresa’s missionary work and the laurels she achieved for being the mother to all, through my new creation. The rosary beads depict the universality of the prayer symbol common to all religions,” Laksh Pahuja stated.
High-end couture brand Noorsons International Pvt. Ltd. makes a statement every year at the show. This time, the thirdgeneration jeweller, principal designer and director Mohammed Imtiaz Motiwala, presented a spectacular range of jewellery, including designer cocktail rings, and one-off earrings and neckpieces set with rose cuts and fine quality precious stones. He caters to niche clients in India and the Middle East.
According to Motiwala, tasselled jewellery and rose cuts and fancy-cut diamonds have been trending this year.
Exquisite Fine Jewellery presented a marvellous melange of colour gemstone jewellery – from tasselled art deco pendant
necklaces adorned with Australian opals and emeralds, single line gem-set necklaces to double tasselled lotus-inspired necklaces and delicate earrings, rings and pendants ornamented with warm honey toned gems. Statement necklaces set with chrysoprase, rock crystal and the dancing diamond collection were the show stealers.
Anju Jain, creative head of the brand, said, “We have created a line of casual wear jewellery that is colourful yet subdued with a global appeal.”
A colourful display of one-off jewels took the spotlight in the booth of Golecha’s Jewels (My Choice International). An amazing
interplay of geometry and vintage flavour dominated the collection of brooch/sarpech, earrings, pendants, and bracelets in 18-karat gold. The daily wear, gem-laden lines were statement pieces that could be teamed with casual or formal attire with ease.
Sanskriti Jewels has carved a niche for itself in the daily wear designer jewellery segment. This IIJS, the brand that is noted for its exquisite 14-karat collections, unveiled its Phulkari line dressed with unusual colour gemstones including calcites, rock crystals, carved corals, pink sapphires and more. There was a variety of stylised tennis bracelets, hand and palm cuffs and knockout rings under R2 lakh.
Savio Jewellery of Jaipur is an award-winning manufacturing company known for using the finest quality of diamonds and gemstones in their collections. Partners Abhishek and Ashish Sand always believe in researching the market before the IIJS and so they presented collections that are in sync with today’s consumers. This time they unveiled a bouquet of lines including Fantasia, a prominent line in rose gold, for which Savio developed a special alloy of rose gold that is in the process of being patented. Using illusion and micro settings, the fine line sparkles with fancycut diamonds of VVS-EF quality.
The Bloom collection focuses on high quality, natural and untreated emeralds, blue sapphires, rubies and colour stones juxtaposed with gold cut work. The Yelle’ line takes inspiration from the brilliance of the sun. With just the right shade of fine yellow colour, these untreated and fancy shaped diamonds have been handpicked and set in 18-karat white gold.
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Exquisite Fine Jewellery Golecha’s Jewels
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Exquisite Fine Jewellery Anand Shah
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