With Diwali around the corner and the extended festivities next week, you’ve probably zeroed in on your ensembles for the celebrations. Want to add a pop of colour to your look? Some hints of enamel-coated jewellery or meenakari jewellery can help. One of its most prominent features is its availability in vibrant colourways and motifs. Depicting decadent flora and fauna or mythical characters or geometric patterns, it is rooted in tradition and is a perfect accessory for traditional events. Here are the best brands creating meenakari in India.
Sunita Shekhawat‘s eponymous brand is all about creating pieces that are everlasting. What’s interesting about her work is that she experiments with colours other than the traditional reds, greens, and blues, so you will find pieces in powder blue, lime green, and pink as well. Inspired by the glorious architecture of Rajasthan, there is a piece for every occasion.
Purab Paschim by Ankit Khullar
With his chunky and exquisitely crafted pieces, Ankit Khullar, creative director of Purab Paschim, has a back-to-the-roots approach. Seeking inspiration from motifs dating back to the Mughal period and even using Swarovski crystals as part of his designs, expect beautifully coloured pieces in whites, greens, and blues. Just in case you are looking for a stack of cuffs or a dramatic neckpiece, this is the brand to check out.
Sangeeta Boochra Jewellery
If you like silver, then Boochra‘s work will interest you. Even though the base metal might change, the intricately done meenakari puts it in the same league as that of other fine jewellery brands. From the timaniyas and haathphools to chandbaalis, there is hardly a piece of jewellery you won’t find here. The heritage brand established in 1897 operates out of Jaipur.
House of Surana by Pankaj Surana
For almost two and a half centuries, House of Surana has been known for its ability to blend art with jewellery, and this has attracted a number of royals as patrons. Led by Pankaj Surana, its creative director, House of Surana is one of the few heritage brands in India that has stayed loyal to their signature with a unique blend of beautifully crafted kundan and meenakari pieces. These are further paired with a complex array of precious stones set well in a medley of colours.
For Abhishek and Abhiyant Raniwala, who hail from a family of jewellers, it is all about taking tradition further. So they invested their passion for jewellery into polki, jadau, and meenakari, and stunning chokers, cuffs, rings, and earrings from the brand are a testament to their prowess. What makes their creations stand out is how they play with tradition while engaging in a very contemporary colour scheme of blush pinks and powder blues.
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.