Top 6 Jewellery Designers during IIJW 2015

Mumbaigloss attended India International Jewellery Week at Grand Hyatt Mumbai between 3 and 6 August. After last year’s magnum opus, we were expecting brilliant show in 2015 as well. After all, India international Jewellery Week is one of its kind where various jewellery designers and sparkling jewellery pieces take centre stage. It is as good as a fashion week as jewellery trends are forecasted for the coming months and new designers showcase their talent. As usual, Mumbaigloss scouted for the best of designs and the most unique designers during the week and has decided to list top 5 best designers during IIJW 2015.

1. Anand Shah

The top spot goes to Anand Shah presented by Gemmological Science International during IIJW 2015. The Gemmological Science International, an independent gemmological laboratory, presented the fabulous collection of couture designer Anand Shah called “The Garden of Eden” at India International Jewellery Week 2015. Bollywood actor Richa Chadda, wearing a magnificent draped over shoulders floral necklace with a matching ear-cum-head ornament was the showstopper. Mother Nature was the inspiration for Anand Shah’s jewels, as he worked creatively with antique finish 22K yellow gold giving it his distinctive touches. Filigree, granulation and unique surface treatment along with kundan settings were blended to offer amazing jewellery designs. Intricately crafted hair-cum-ear ornaments, lacy skull caps, tasselled neckpieces and a stunning cuff with clusters of flora and fauna looked beautiful. Beaten gold collars, a polki Raani Haar and the final gold neck to shoulder yoke creation teamed with double jhumkhi earrings, had the audience hold their breath in wonder.

Anand Shah, IIJW 2015, Gemological Science International

Alicia Raut flaunting couture jewels by Anand Shah

Anand Shah, IIJW 2015, Couture jewellery,

Show stopper Richa Chadda with Anand Shah jewels

2. Preeti Jain

The next most creative designer this year was Preeti Jain from Jewels By Preeti. Preeti Jain showcased the “Papillion” collection for “Jewels by Preeti” which was inspired by the delicate colourful butterfly. Bringing in the vibrant hues with various precious and semi-precious gemstones, Preeti tried to create beautiful designs inspired by nature. Rubies, emeralds, sapphires along with polki cut diamonds were used to create intricate as well as bold designs. Her designs are perfect infusion of modern and traditional. I loved the ruby and emerald encrusted statement collar from the collection. Bollywood actress Ileana D’cruz was the showstopper for her brand.

Preeti Jain, jewellery designer, jewels by preeti

Jewels by Preeti

3. IIGJ Delhi and Mumbai students

IIGJ Delhi and Mumbai students showcased few of the most creative designs this season. Mumbai-based IIGJ is a project of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. I specially loved the collection by Tanya Ajmera from IIGJ Mumbai called ‘feathers of paradise’, a collection inspired on the theme of feathers in all shapes as well as statement body chain piece displayed by IIGJ Delhi. These collections were very modern yet elegant. Ear cuff with dangling metal feathers, back chain with dangling metal feathers, tassels looked light weight and fluid. These jewellery pieces can be easily part of various editorials. In fact, the statement necklace worn by showstopper Kamya Punjabi for IIGJ Delhi looked fierce in every way. Another brilliant piece which can be part of fashion shoots.

Kamya Punjabi, IIJW 2015, show stopper, IIGJ

Kamya Punjabi

IIGJ Delhi

IIGJ Delhi

Tanya Ajmera, IIGJ Mumbai, IIJW 2015

Tanya Ajmera from IIGJ Mumbai

4. Shobhna & Snehal Choksey 

Shobha Shringaar mesmerizes every year with their elaborate and intricate traditional jewellery designs. Shobhna Choksey is brilliant when it comes to festive and traditional fine jewellery. The show looks grand because of the cultural element and various traditional jewellery pieces like matha patti, raani haar, baju bandh, kamar bandh, kaan phool, etc. This year was no different. But I specifically liked their temple jewellery collection which made the models look like celestial beauties. So beautiful, so elegant! Fusing the various styles popular in the country, the “The Festivals of India” jewellery collection was a beautiful collaboration between gold and precious stones. Drawing inspiration from regal Rajasthani pieces and the jewellery of the Nizam and Hyderabadi line; the collection embellished with glittering diamonds and impressive Basra pearls looked timeless.

Shobhna Choksey, Snehal Choksey, Shobha Shringar, IIJW 2015

Shobha Shringar – look at the maang tika and the beautiful temple jewellery

traditional Indian jewellery, IIJW 2015, beautiful Indian Jewellery

Shobha Shringar – beautiful traditional and festive jewellery

5. Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers

Sonam Kapoor looked beautiful in lilac lehenga with giant jhumkhis, in pearl and polkis with Haath Phool, Kada and cocktail ring from Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers during IIJW 2015 finale. Not only her, in fact all the models displaying the jeweller’s collection looked beautiful in traditional and festive jewellery. Preity Zinta and Dia Mirza were the showstoppers for the brand this year. Preity looked like a Rajasthani Bride with traditional polki necklace, borla drop matha patti and the royal hathphool from the collection Adaa. Birdhichand’s collection – ‘Adaa’ inspired by the six iconic beauties of Indian history showcased one of the most exclusive designs of this season. Jhumkis adorned with pearls, polki and pink sapphire were inspired by the Rajput princess, Jodha Bai. The other beauties who have inspired the collection are Maharani Gayatri Devi, Razia Sultan, Umrao Jaan, Sita Devi and Queen Nilofouer. What a beautiful tribute to Indian beauty!

Sonam Kapoor, Bidichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellery, IIJW 2015

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor closed the jewellery week with Birdichand Ghanshyamdas jewellery

Preity Zinta, bride, Birdichand Ghanshyamdas, IIJW 2015

Preity Zinta was one of the showstoppers for Birdichand Ghanshyamdas jewellers

6. Divyam by Tanishq

Tanishq showcased the stunning Divyam gold jewellery collection at day one of the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW). It certainly looked beautiful and elegant. Created in 22 karat gold, these heirloom pieces have taken inspiration from the architecture and designs of various temples in India. The creation of this stunning collection demonstrates the innovative fusion of different gold techniques like nakashi work, laser cut stamps and cut work. Divyam consists of more than 150 unique designs spread across long haars, necklaces, bead strings, bangles, rings and jhumkis. Juhi Chawla was the showstopper for the event and looked ethereal.

Juhi Chawla, Tanishq, IIJW 2015

Actress Juhi Chawla as showstopper for Tanishq

Beautiful and intricate kamarbandh by Tanishq

Beautiful and intricate kamarbandh by Tanishq

What do you think about these designs and the designers? Do leave a comment below.

*This is not an advertorial but my own views on the latest jewellery collection displayed during IIJW 2015.

About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India,,, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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