Nestled in the historic old city of Jaipur is a family-owned atelier where iridescent emerald rings, multi-coloured sapphire bracelets, coral diamond earrings set in 18K gold, and other subdued iterations of fine jewellery are delicately handcrafted. This is the jewellery brand, Tallin.
Tallin’s kaarigars use century-old techniques, honed over generations, to deftly manufacture a specific style of jewellery that is an interesting sync of the past and present. “Our pieces are made with a focus on colour, flexibility, and comfort whilst still exuding luxury and value,” says Akshat Ghiya, founder. From formal dinners to wedding functions, Tallin’s versatile range caters to all.
Launched in 2016, the brand is the manifestation of Ghiya’s multicultural upbringing between Northern Italy and the ‘Pink City’. “Growing up, I was constantly surrounded by jewellery and regularly visited exhibitions or shows because my father has been in the precious stones trade for years,” says Ghiya. Combine that with his constant shuttling between two diverse bases, and deciphering the building blocks of Tallin becomes easy. India and Italy’s contrasting yet strong aesthetics were instrumental in informing its unique design sensibility – a blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern influences.
Ghiya calls it “make jewellery that we have fun making”, stimulated by the things he surrounds himself with. Its latest collection, Gentle Forms, celebrates the modern version of kundan jewellery, providing a transparent eyeshot of the diamond slice (excluding the silver foil). Lightweight, subtle, and highlighting nature’s various forms, it featues amethyst hues, rose-cut rubies, and emerald ovals mingling in unison to form dainty floral earrings, bracelets, and necklaces set in 18k yellow gold. “Liberating the diamond slice from its previous foundations and mixing it with other cuts reflects the light of the diamond in interesting ways,” says Ghiya.
Tallin’s production process is anything but linear, and there is ample room for experimentation with engineering methods, shade contrasts, and manufacturing techniques. “Many times I break apart a piece, remake or melt it until the right balance of decorative and functional is obtained.” So if amalgamation of aesthetics and contemporary takes on traditional designs by remarkable artisanal talent is what you’re on the lookout for in your next jewellery buy, Tallin’s coloured bijoux need to be on your list.
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