By Aliya Ladhabhoy
In these stressful times, we are always looking for something that can brighten the day, and playful jewellery fits the bill perfectly. The demand for mid-sized baubles that can be flaunted daily has been steadily growing and there is no dearth of jewellery brands that are going above and beyond to create unique pieces.
Here are 5 brands to keep an eye out for.
A second-generation jeweller, Dhaddha was working as a retail store manager for Dior Homme in Delhi when the iridescent beauty of Dior VIII Grand Bal watches collection inspired him to create his own jewellery line. It took him and his team six years to create tapered baguettes and set them in his vivd creations. His signature Gradient collection has lustrous gemstones such as aquamarine, peridot, ruby, citrine, emerald and tsavorite, chromatically arranged in the shades of a rainbow. He also incorporates cameos into his designs. The plique-à-jour enamelled creations, too, have all the right elements for becoming a wardrobe favourite. The young designer’s frequent work trips to Germany, his student years in France and the gemstones themselves inspire his work.
Akshat Ghiya grew up in Italy from where his family has been selling precious gemstones. His mother is a jewellery designer and in 2016, he decided to start a new contemporary brand based in Jaipur which celebrates skill and aesthetics. His collections are divided into two – Gentle Forms that mimic, which replicate and personify florals and Sharp Forms, dominated by art-deco elements. Ghiya’s mastery lies in his usage of gemstones. Based on his mood, he uses them to evoke the gentle fluidity of organic forms in some pieces and convey more stoic, architectural references in others.
When one thinks of Kundan meena jewellery, the first image that comes to mind is a heavy bridal jewellery set. Jaipur-based designer, Charu Sarawgi has been creating wearable kundan meena creations for the last ten years, much before prêt jewellery became popular in India. She aesthetically combines uncut diamonds and gemstones in kundan setting with enamel accents. Her jewellery, rooted in Indian craftsmanship has a contemporary element to it. The textile design graduate-turned-jewellery designer counts Hillary Clinton among her clients. www.instagram.com/charusarawgi
The brand made a big splash when in launched last year in Mumbai with their first store on tony Altamount Road. Their diamond and enamelled jewellery designs are refreshing and unique. The brand’s collections are driven by stories and different facets of a woman. Whisper in the Wind features tulip- shaped solitaire diamonds daintily woven into designs that resemble Chantilly lace. Laughter in the Rain, an abstract take on blossoms, has pink sapphires. Keeper of Heartstrings is all about dramatic circles studded with diamonds. Their earlier collections, too, are equally striking. Some of their jewellery is detachable. www.herstory.design
Natasha Khurana founded the minimal fine jewellery label in 2015. Khurana started out as a fashion writer for ELLE magazine. She initially wanted to curate a jewellery collection but when she couldn’t find fine jewellery that was minimal, modern and accessible, Khurana decided to design her own pieces. She picked up jewellery techniques and manufacturing along the way. Her jewellery leans towards timeless designs that you can rewear for years. Fashion bigwigs such as Sonam Kapoor, Anaita Shroff Adajania and Malaika Arora have been spotted wearing her jewellery as daily essentials. The Line’s gold hoops, diamond sword earrings, zodiac-inspired necklaces and pearl jewels are hot- sellers and are worth checking out.
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