Jewellery designer Maheep Kapoor has joined Karan Johar’s Tyaani family with her gorgeously intricate Glow collection. KJo debuted his fine jewellery brand in August 2021, as one that specialises in contemporary polki jewellery. All Tyaani pieces are handcrafted in 22-carat gold with certified natural uncut diamonds.
The line ‘Glow,’ takes its name from the warm glow of the precious metal gold against the skin, and the radiance of the precious stones. Kapoor says, “The Glow collection epitomises the concept of high fashion, fine jewellery for the woman of today.”
Large uncut polki diamonds, intricate enamelling and filigree work as well as gold embossing and carving methods are part of the jewellery edit. The pieces have been ideated to lend themselves to both Indian and Western silhouettes, thereby appealing to a wider audience. A Russian emerald necklace, embedded with 533 pieces of uncut polki makes a statement with its colourful opulence. Choker sets with pale pink morganite stone drops and a polki ring lined with natural tanzanite stones are some of the standout pieces.
In an enlightening conversation with LuxeBook, the talented and fabulous Bollywood wife, Maheep Kapoor discusses what makes this collection so special.
How did the idea of a collaboration with Tyaani come about?
Karan and I share the same passion for traditional, regal jewellery. It only made sense to join his Tyaani family.
Can you tell me about the Glow collection?
With this collection, I aim to take my design aesthetic to the next level. The generous use of uncut diamonds, rubies and emeralds in the new collection, coupled with designs that easily transition from a wedding mandap to a cocktail party makes the Glow collection an ideal investment for millennials. Unlike most traditional Indian wedding jewellery, pieces from the Glow collection can be reworked by brides even after their big day, making them highly coveted and sought after.
What was your inspiration for it?
Inspired by traditional uncut diamond or polki pieces and Mughal jewellery, the chaandbalis feature unique gold embossing and carving techniques, intricate patterns and exquisite stones, rendering each pair a wearable art. I feel inspiration is all around us and comes from all forms of life. It’s how you perceive what you see, how glamorous, vibrant and lively your imagination is, and how it can re-create the same.
What are some traditional craftsmanship methods used in the collection?
Jadau jewellery is a traditional art form where polki diamonds are engraved into a gold setting. All jadau jewellery is decorated by meenakari work at the back. But my collection ‘Glow’ is different as it doesn’t have meenakari at the back making it light weight, cost-effective and very comfortable. You will be able to wear it from 7pm to 7am.
How was the process of collaborating with Tyaani by Karan Johar?
Tyaani by Karan Johar as a brand is known for its transparency and impeccable quality. They leave no stone unturned in delivering the best. So, in that sense, our values and aesthetics matched completely. The process was fairly seamless.
What do you love about working with polki diamonds?
Polki jewellery and diamonds are more traditional and never go out of style. What’s not to love?
What is the most important thing for someone to keep in mind when purchasing polki jewellery?
You must trust the person who you are buying the jewellery from. The brand. The people associated with the brand. Polki jewellery is misconstrued in so many ways. But it doesn’t need to be, if you have that level of trust in your jeweller then all the misconstrued notions about polki don’t need to exist.
When it comes to your personal collection of jewellery, which piece is your favourite and why?
That must be my wedding jewellery. Particularly this beautiful traditional passa (jewellery pinned on one side of the head), which my grandmother wore for her wedding, my mother wore, and then I wore, and my daughter will most definitely wear.
What else do you have in store for jewellery connoisseurs in 2022? Will Glow mark the first of many collaborations with Tyaani?