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Celebrity Indian Jewellery Designers

Updated on September 28, 2011

The craze for designer jewlry


The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, the emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go” wrote Astrid Alauda and no better words can describe the art of jewelry making. Be it the warm yellow of gold, sparkling dazzle of diamonds, shine of silver, soft fire of ruby, purple finery of amethyst or deep sea green of emeralds – the task of the jeweler is to bring about the shinning union of them all where the colours and the brilliance rival that of painters. Jewelry designing is their art and the human body their canvas which is adorned by their exquisite creations.

Gems and jewels are attractive in their own right but unless meld together through the creative vision of jewellery designers they are of little aesthetic value in adorning our bodies. At one time jewelry designing in both India and other parts of the world was a family oriented craft where the secrets of trade and skills were passed on from generation to generations. In the present day scenario, jewelry designing is one of the hottest careers as the demand for both precious metals –gemstones and costume Jewellery has increased manifold. In eelier times jewelers were patronized by royal courts and the nobility, today jewelry designer sell their wares in stores and boutiques across the world. India too has its share of celebrity jewellery designers who are making waves in the global scenario with celebs both in India and across the oceans clamaouring for their exclusive creations.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest names among celebrity Indian jewellery designers.

  • Amrapali, one of the biggest names in exclusive and luxury jewellery in India, was set up by two history majors Rajesh Ajmera and Rajeev Arora with the aim to showcase the traditional jewellery of indie to the world. They travelled extensively to different parts of the world, employed craftsmen and goldsmith from the remote villages of Rajasthan and launched a chic range of jewellery that was a mix of traditional Indian opulence and contemporary western elegance. Angelina Jolie, Hally Berry, Paula Abdul, Jada Pinkett Smitt, Rihanna, Hillary Scott all swear by Amrapali designs.
  • Farah Ali Khan, eldest daughter of actor Sanjay Khan and interior designer Zarine Khan, graduated with top honours from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America where she had enrolled on a whim after trying her hand in different types of employment from interior designing to advertisement industry. Farah Khan label was launched in 2004 since when this talented designer has gone on to design signature pieces for both Bollywood and Hollywood stars.
  • Designer Bansri Mehta moved from Mumbai to Los Angeles to start her own exclusive line of jewellery that is testimony to her western, funky and provocative styles. Likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez has been known to done her creations which have also been featured in hit television series Gossip Girl and Sex & the City.
  • Amrita Singh is another big name in the designer jewellery industry. Her creations have received coverage in international magazines of repute like Harper’s Bazaar, JCK Style, Town & Country, People, O, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, Modern Bride, Fashion, Marie Claire, Elle who have used her designs in multiple photo-shoots and spreads. Celebrity clientele of this talented and up-coming designer makes for an impressive read featuring likes of Princess Mary of Denmark Anne Hathaway, Faith Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny McCarthy and Mischa Barton.

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