Lo­tus Tem­ple Ring Sets Guin­ness World Record

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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.

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