Lotus Temple Ring Sets Guinness World Record
Laashikaa Jewels, a Mumbai-based jewellery brand founded by Prince Bhandari, set a Guinness World Record for its Lotus Temple Ring for the most number of diamonds set in one ring. The ring containing 7,777 natural diamonds weighing 21.39 carats was certified by the International Gemological Institute (IGI). The round, brilliant diamonds are certified as VVS-VS in terms of clarity and E-F on the colour scale, and set in 18-karat white and rose gold.
Conceptualised and designed by Bhandari, the architecture-inspired ring is a replica of the Lotus Temple in Delhi. Bhandari said, “When I started designing the ring, the Guinness World Record was simply not on my mind. I wanted to explore the beauty of architecture in diamonds. Going forward, I’m going to continue to explore iconic landmarks such as the Seven Wonders of the World, Antilla and Burj Khalifa and others, in the form of jewellery and models.”
The ring, weighing 70.42gm, is set to be auctioned soon.
The lotus, the padma, is considered a sacred symbol in several religions, especially for Hindus and Jains. For Buddhists, it represents purity, and, for the Bahá’ís, it means unity in god, religion and humanity.
Bhandari noted that the whole endeavour took 18 months and innumerable hours, with a team of 12 artisans. “The end result is that the ring is a marvellous example of Make in India, and what Indian vision, spirituality and craftsmanship can achieve,” he stated.
Tehmasp Printer, managing director of IGI, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to have been a part of this glorious journey. The Lotus Temple Ring is indeed an unrivalled creation, a much deserving concept. We, at IGI, congratulate Team Laashikaa for this incredible achievement.”
The ring’s designer Prince Bhandari (right) of Laashikaa Jewels being felicitated by IGI managing director Tehmasp Printer.
The Lotus Temple Ring is set with 7,777 diamonds.