Top 5 jewellery designers during IIJW 2014

Mumbaigloss witnessed some of the most innovative designs and intricate craftsmanship during IIJW 2014. Most of the jewellery designers had presented the best of their products during the show. And it was indeed overwhelming for a jewellery lover like me who is easily absorbed into the sparkle of the diamonds and the gleam of gold. But of course, there were a few designs which simply stood out from the rest. And those made a strong statement during IIJW 2014. Here are my top 5 jewellery designers of this season. 

1. My first vote goes to Laksh Pahuja. All his designs are full of awesomeness. Be it the Titanic necklace or the Falcon head wear. His designs are unique, artistic and very innovative. You can say that his designs are out-of-the-box. His collection, ‘Luminous’ was presented in association with Gemological Science International (GSI) at IIJW 2014. The collection included cuffs and bangles in 18K and 22K gold studded with diamonds and coloured stones.  For the finale it was the hair piece inspired by the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai showing a bird’s eye view of the iconic location that ended with a falcon, the national bird of UAE perched on the head of the model. The hair piece weighs more than one kilo and is created in gold and silver, encrusted with superb rubies, sapphires black/champagne diamonds, cabochon moonstones and coloured enamel work. What a work of art! 

Laksh Pahuja, IIJW 2014, Best jewellery designer

The Falcon headwear

Laksh Pahuja, Titanic necklace

The Titanic necklace

2. Apala which means ‘the beautiful one’ in Sanskrit is a brand by Sumit Sawhney. It showcased the collection “The Royal Tribe” at IIJW 2014 which was simply outstanding. African cave art was given the kundan touch along with African wires design and hexagon green tourmalines to go with the theme. Created with fine silver and studded with precious and semi-precious stones layered with 22 karat gold, the collection looked very stylish.It featured giant necklaces, nose rings and Maang Tikkas. Chunky cummerbunds, ear cuffs and shields added to its rustic appeal. The very innovative reverse Maang Tikka over the nose was a tantalising addition to the show. Statement rings, tasselled ruby pendants at the end of chains, elephants and giant circles graduated into neckpieces. The Haath Phools were great in size and design. Filigree with gemstones like ruby, sapphire, turquoise and blue sapphire looked opulent. 

Apala, Sumit Sawhney, IIJW 2014, best jewellery tribal

tribal jewellery, IIJW 2014

The gigantic ear cuffs and the jharokha bajubandh

3. Farah Khan Ali – I have met her in the past during one of her visits to GIA India and since then I have started admiring her even more as a creative designer. But nothing beats her fine jewellery and global designs. Her designs appeals to the modern woman who loves sophistication. Her jewellery will ideally suit launches, lunches, presentations, parties as well as haute couture events. Her collection called “Quaintrelle” was showcased by the Gemmological Institute of India during IIJW 2014 which included statement jewellery with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and precious stones. Cocktail floral rings, shimmering hoops with tassels for the ears, rows of rubies with an artistic bow pendant and bangles flecked with pearls and diamonds, were remarkable. Hoops were looped together with a discreet glitter, while rows of emerald were cinched with jewelled centres. Diamond chains had a collage of emerald leaves, strands of pearls had a burst of floral bouquet and chokers were given side slashes for a trendy look. 

Farah Khan Fine Jewellery, IIJW 2014, Best Indian Jewellery designer

Beautiful interplay of coloured gemstones and diamonds

Have a look at her brand introduction video- ‘I live to design’: 

4. Shobhana Choksey – Bridal jewellery never looked more resplendent than “The Neesha Collection” from Shobha Shringar Jewellers which captivated the audience at the India International Jewellery Week 2014. From small beginnings nearly 25 years ago, selling pearls and silver jewellery from her home, Shobhana Choksey created Shobha Shringar Jewellers, one of the most valued brands for bridal jewellery in India. Preserving India’s jewellery heritage in the designs, the show continued with gorgeous ethnic antique jewellery, which will surely turn into heirlooms. The ‘U’ shaped Raani Haar, the draped gold beaded necklace, paisley pendant at the centre of a gold neckpiece were very attractive. Pendants were given pride of place like the black carved Ganesha on a stunning Raani Haar. Kadas made strong fashion statements and cuffs were kept between elegant bangles. Earrings moved from chandbalis edged with tiny gems to danglers or shoulder dusters. The assortment of rings was impressive with floral, abstract and traditional designs vying for the attention of the audience.

Shobha Shringar, Diya Mirza, IIJW 2014

Traditionally beautiful

5. Indra Jadwani – Emerald Jewel Industry India Ltd.’s gorgeous necklace which was draped over one shoulder in ripples and waves just stole the show. Very innovative and sparkling design that looked delicate yet elegant. The “Athena” Designer Diamond Jewellery collection created by Indra Jadwani had a dazzling array of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, at times flecked with rubies and emeralds, were impressive. Delicately crafted cuffs, chandeliers, with diamond droplets, strings of the shimmering gems clasped with a centre pendant were attractive. Most of the designs were classic statement pieces except for the one shoulder necklace which stood out from the rest. 

Emerald at IIJW 2014, necklace with one shoulder

Gorgeous necklace cascading over to one shoulder

I saw such breathtaking beautiful pieces during IIJW 2014! I am still bedazzled by its sparkle. Which one did you like? Leave a comment below.

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