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Think of animal-inspired fine jewellery and one easily recalls iconic ones like Cartier’s panther, Bulgari’s serpenti and Van Cleef & Arpels’s ‘La Boutique’ collection of animal clips. For decades, jewellers world over have created animal-shaped motifs to be a part of their mood board.  Joining the league is Mirari, a fine jewellery brand in India launched by Mira Gulati in 2007. Since it’s inception, Mira’s aim has been to source rare gemstones from the world over and incorporate them in her exquisite pieces. The label has a history of creating pieces inspired by wildlife; resplendent peacocks dancing in the rain, gossamer butterflies, the glorious elephants and honeybees have inspired Mira to create some of the most whimsical fine jewellery pieces. 

However, that’s not all. Every crafted piece, besides being studded with dazzling diamonds, emeralds and rubies have intricate detailing and a story to tell. 

Here is our edit of Mirari’s finest animal-inspired pieces. 

Elephant Choker
Mirari Elephant Choker is an example of exquisite craftsmanship. Image:Courtesy Mirari
Mirari Elephant Choker is an example of exquisite craftsmanship. Image:Courtesy Mirari

Inspired by the majestic Elephant, this choker is a part of Mirari’s ‘Era of The Elephant’ collection. Made in 18 carats white gold, it is studded with 34.7 carats of diamonds with a detachable elephant head. Elephants have always exuded an image of regality and India’s rich cultural past, and this is what prompted Mira to create this statement piece. “This is one of our rarest pieces from the collection. It brings forth the bygone Maharaja era of India and yet in a very contemporary fashion” says Gulati. 

Rose Gold ‘Insignia’ earrings 
Pair of earrings inspired by the details of peacock feathers. Image:Courtesy Mirari
Pair of earrings inspired by the details of peacock feathers. Image:Courtesy Mirari

Peacocks have always been an integral part of Mirari’s inspiration. And their Insignia collection was inspired by it’s magnificent and alluring feathers, capturing them into abstract beauty.  Earrings made in 18-carat gold with 6.33 carats of diamonds present Mirari’s signature motif in a refined, minimalistic form; fit for the modern women that can be adorned on multiple occasions. 

National Treasure Peacock earrings
Peacocks have always been a major inspiration for Mirari. Image:Courtesy Mirari
Peacocks have always been a major inspiration for Mirari. Image: Courtesy Mirari

In case you are a maximalist and are on a lookout for something ethnic, these peacock earrings can fit the bill. Part of the National Treasure collection, these earrings are set in 18-carat yellow gold, studded with 7.59 carats of diamonds. 147.17 carats of freshwater pearls, emerald beads and emeralds add character to the pieces with a cascading effect. 

Blue Onyx Butterfly earrings
Butterfly inspired earrings my Mirari. Image:Courtesy Mirari
Butterfly inspired earrings my Mirari. Image:Courtesy Mirari

These pair of magnificent earrings are Mirari’s ode to wildlife. The butterfly is another motif which has been experimented with by Indian jeweller and its renditions are purely works of art. This pair of blue onyx butterfly earrings with set with 2.6 carats of diamonds, 76.89 carats of emeralds, blue sapphires and red carvings has all the makings of a classic heirloom piece. 

The Bee Pendant 
Honeybees have also inspired Mirari pieces for past couple of years. Image:Courtesy Mirari
Honeybees have also inspired Mirari pieces for a past couple of years. Image: Courtesy Mirari

‘To Bee or not to Bee’, as the name suggests, the collection is inspired by precious honeybees add a fresh and feminine touch to the pieces. Light and airy, the motifs showcase precious stones suspended in metal. Hexagons symbolic of beehives, perfectly compliment the natural brilliance of baguette and fancy criss-cut solitaires. The Bee pendant, set in 18 carats white gold studded with 2.90 carats diamonds, 45 carats of yellow and pink sapphires with cabochon emeralds reflects the innate attraction of bees towards flowers in a  beautiful way.  

 

 

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.