There was a time when fine jewellery was reserved for the annual festive season; pulled out of its hibernation for sangeet and roka parties only a few times in the year. But the modern Indian jewellery connoisseur is changing up her habits. Here’s a woman who doesn’t want to wait until a Diwali soiree to wear her diamond chandeliers. She’d rather wear her cocktail ring when she’s grabbing G&Ts with her girls. Fine jewellery has inevitably forayed into her everyday wardrobe, and she has no qualms in sporting those Russian emerald drops to her bestie’s baby shower or her new ruby cuff for date night. Designers too are keeping up with this mindset by churning out designs that mirror the very same aesthetic and allow for the easy transition of pieces from traditional to off-duty settings. We spotlight the five best Indian jewellery brands who are doing it right.
Shachee Shah’s eponymous label combines state-of-the-art techniques with old-world charm. Her gold pieces are expertly hand-carved to create the illusion of vintage lace, spruced with elements inspired by Italian art. Her non-identical earrings with mosaic work will work for a host of occasions, be it luncheons, cocktail galas, or destination weddings.
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This Jaipur-based fine jewellery brand is replete with art deco-inspired pieces, and the handcrafted floral motifs boasting a life-like quality. The overall vibe is very insouciant effortlessness, with designs that will appeal to those with a well-honed sensibility.
Silver jewellery has staged a strong comeback in recent years, inching its way into western wear wardrobes as well. Lara Morakhia plays with vintage silver and antique gold jewellery to create her one-of-a-kind (quite literally: No two pieces are alike) that you can easily pair with your maxi dresses and button-down shirts. The inspiration is Indian but the mood is edgy tribal.
The UK-bred, Mumbai-based architect-turned-jewellery-designer approaches gemstones and precious materials with a contemporary eye to create jewels exuding high-octane glamour. Multi-coloured hoops, chain link bracelets, or oversized studs; each piece is designed to train the spotlight on you every time you step out in them.
The celebrity jewellery designer gives Indian jewellery a touch of couture with her elaborate designs featuring non-traditional silhouettes and a modern aesthetic. Khan plays with precious gemstones and diamonds to create statement-makers inspired by nature, architecture, and the Art Deco period.