Going Couture At The Couture India Show
The first edition of Couture India, a venture by Indian Jeweller(IJ) magazine, garnered an overwhelming response from the gems and jewelry fraternity across India. The one-of-its kind B2B boutique show hosted 33 crème-de-la-crème jewelry designers and manufacturers across India. It was held from the 24th-26th September 2016, at the Taj Palace in New Delhi.
I was invited to attend the show on Day1, which was quite an exhilarating experience. I was blown away by the master crafted jewels encompassed with highly skilled manufacturing expertise. I feel proud and my belief grows stronger in the “Make In India” concept. Below are some of my favourite picks from the 3 jewellers that I visited,
Polki jewelry (uncut-diamonds) have more than often been a personal favourite, especially when they are studded with precisely calibrated or carved gems. “When the jewelry speaks for itself, you ought to make a statement.”
Going back in history, Pearls have been and will continue to be one of the most preferred gems used by the royals. Among the different varieties of Pearls available, South Sea’s have been one of the hot favourites for couture jewelry. Pearl in any form i.e. a single string, multiple layered or studded in jewelry looks classic. Brides internationally tend to choose Pearl necklaces for their big day. What I liked about Rambhajo Jewellers is their tasteful play of gemstones, like the multi-layered Emerald necklace above.
StyleTip– Worn over a gown or western outfit, in my opinion this exquisite creation will look as elegant as it would on an ethnic ensemble.
This beautiful cuff pulled me towards the window display at Rambhajo Jewellers. I am quite impressed by the unique placing of polkis in round south sea pearls seated over gold wires. Isn’t it unique? Another great piece to wear over formal westerns and indian wear.
Just as jewelry is an expensive affair for women, so is it for men! It is evident in these intricately handcrafted partash (age old manufacturing technique) kurta buttons and cufflinks set with polkis and blue sapphires. Why should women have all the fun? haha
The Peacock (commonly known as Indian Peafowl) is India’s national bird, and this colorful bird has always mesmerised me. Without a doubt this handcarved Russian Emerald is the epitome of her beauty and finesse.
Ghatiwala’s jewelry is quite desirable, however while playing around with the Panjshir Emerald pendant, I was a bit concerned about the wearability of this reversible piece considering that the Emeralds might get damaged (ouch!). What impressed me about his jewelry is the thought in creativity that went into making the jewelry innovative. He has applied the same concept to the earrings below, which definitely make a great way to flaunt your edgy self!
Gold Jewelry plays a significant role in India, not just as wedding jewelry but in terms of mens jewelry, bullion or an investment. As manufacturing techniques have evolved over the years, jewellers have innovated their designs and skills to keep pace with the current market trends. Traditional enamel and hand painted jewelry continues to be a hot favourite amongst consumers.
Be it precious or fashionable, there has been a rage for swarovski studded jewelry. A modern touch to it, might be appealing to some with an additional advantage of being cost effective.StylePrer feels, most the jewelry featured in this post could be worn by itself if worn appropriately and will look great for the upcoming festive season. It will look elegant on an ethnic attire, however do experiment them over westerns or a little black dress (LBD) depending on the occasion.