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Boucheron’s Bleu de Jodhpur

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The renowned French jewelers Boucheron, have given the world first glimpse of it’s new Indian inspired collection, in preparation for its big reveal at Paris Haute Couture Week. Paying homage to jewellery house’ historic ties with India, the High Jewellery collection is a mix of Edwardian glamour and Indian luxury.

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It was in India in 1909 that Louis Boucheron, son of the house’s founder Frederic, purchased the Kashmir cabochon sapphire that would become a Boucheron hallmark. And it was the Maharaja of Patiala, who in 1928 arrived at Place Vendôme, bringing with him a treasure haul of over 7,000 diamonds and 1,500 emeralds, and placed the largest ever private commission with Boucheron, which set these stones into 149 beautiful designs.

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The new collection, titled Bleu de Jodhpur, are steeped in the history and culture of India, comprising 100 exquisite pieces. The Jodhpur Necklace, the collections standout piece, contains a mix of diamonds and, believe it or not, marble! A truly inventive piece of design.

Here is a rundown of the main four components of the collection.

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Mehndi

The Mehndi set celebrates the elegance, delicacy and legendary beauty of the Rajput woman. The Mehndi jewelry set has been created in the purest jewelry tradition. The delicate openwork motifs are finely put together for an airy result where the metal seems to disappear.

In 1878, Frédéric Boucheron created a sumptuous diamond bracelet, featuring the distinctive Indian drop motif and embellished with a superb garland of natural pearls.

In 1905, the Maharaja of Kapurthala commissioned an aigrette-feather adornment for his turban; the Paisley design held in its center a 22-carat briolette cut diamond. The brooch-necklace follow the great Boucheron tradition of multiwear jewellery.

To accentuate the poetic charm of the Mehndi, which is by nature ephemeral, BOUCHERON has imagined an eternal tattoo.

The Magician of Stones has chosen the most enduring, strong and precious of all gemstones; the diamond. The brooch-necklace is thus entirely set with diamonds.

How to create a brooch that is both generous in dimension and yet light as a feather? Craft a jewel that transforms into a necklace, delicately deploying its lace-like foliage around the neckline? Once again, here is a challenge fit for the Maison’s Hands of Light.

To obtain the effect of diamond embroidery, the artisans of dreams have surrounded the center stones with open-work motifs.

At once artistic and jewelry work, necklace or brooch, the Mehndi jewelry set looks bold in any occasion.

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Nagaur

A talisman necklace, Nagaur is inspired by the fortress city, a miracle set in the middle of the Thar Desert which walls protect delicate palaces, enchanting pavilions and gardens bathed in sunlight, the dazzling brightness expressed in jewelry.

Like a precious memory, the Maison has brought back a bit of Rajasthan in the form of some grains of sand from the Thar desert. They are forever set in Nagaur, in the rock crystal.

The Creative Studio was inspired by the ceremonial necklaces of the Great Mughal emperors’ golden era, illustrating to the opulence and magnificence of the Rajput princes.

The Maison calls upon the traditional motifs and materials used for these creations, particularly gold, a sacred metal in India, diamonds and pearls. The addition of rock crystal gives bold modernity to the stylised contours of the Ahhichatragarh citadel.

The diamonds incrusted in the rock crystal symbolize the flowers that grow in the desert. The Artisan made himself sculptor to endiamond the necklace’s motif with an extreme precision.

The Nagaur necklace uses the traditional silk thread stringing technique. One by one, each pearl is added onto a strand and small gold and diamond cylinders are interspersed, enhancing the suppleness of the multiple-row necklace. A ring of light featuring three diamond–set attachments gathers the necklace to its central motif. The motif is adorned with stylized diamond arabesque patterns that represent the flowers of the desert. The symmetrical composition is structured around a water feature, symbolized by a 2 carat cushion cut diamond.

There are seven rows of pearls, the number being a sacred one in India. Seven or “saptan” in Sanskrit is a powerful symbol with many significations, in particular that of infinite plurality. It is a foundation of the Hindu universe: 7 spheres of the earth, 7 seas, 7 states of consciousness, 7 subtle energies etc.
A wedding is blessed if the spouses circle a fire 7 times ; they will be united for 7 lives.

 

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Fleur de Lotus

The richness set lies in the talent of the stone seeker who obtained a tourmaline, rubellites and spessartite garnets. Associated in a gradation of colors, they perfectly imitate the lotus petals.

The Maison was inspired by the artistic movement “Garden & Cosmos” and celebrates the richness of two distinct painting styles that originated in Jodhpur and were commissioned by three generations of Maharajas from the 17th to the 19th century.

Among the colors selected for the Fleur de Lotus set, the stone seeker has sourced an intensely pink tourmaline that seems to have escaped from one of the royal paintings of Jodhpur.

The Hands of Light have meticulously worked each detail of the central motif for the flower to come to life.

The savoir-faire of the artisans is expressed in the volume of the flower, which is not frozen but expresses liveliness. As always, Nature is triumphant at Boucheron.

The Fleur de Lotus set is the only one of the collection to be mounted on pink gold. Indeed, it perfectly matches the sand, peach –orange and pink shades of the stones, bringing them light and energy.

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Jodhpur

The Jodhpur necklace is directly inspired by a necklace that was part of the most fabulous order ever made on the Place Vendôme – the Maharaja of Patiala’s commission in 1928 .
BOUCHERON created this necklace inspired by traditional Mughal jewelry: the structure is symmetrical.
The jewel is as precious on the back as it is on the front. Its “secret” side is exclusively destined for the pleasure of its owner.

To create the Jodhpur necklace, the Magician of Stones selected the most precious and sought-after Makrana marble, extracted from the Jodhpur quarry…the same milky white stone that was used in 1631 to build the fabulous Taj Mahal.
The diamond that is set on the central motif of the necklace has been chosen for its kite shape and its ideal proportions

The Jodhpur necklace is crafted following the great tradition of Indian prince’s jewelry, with a richly adorned underside.

The Maison included this feature to make the jewel perfectly reversible, paying homage to its tradition of multiple-wear pieces. Familiar with the excellence of creating jewels that are as beautiful on the back as they are on the front, the Hands of Light rose to the challenge of making a piece that was both imposing and supple, light and comfortable to wear.

For this Jodhpur-inspired theme, the Maison celebrates the spirit of the city rather than its figurative representation.

On the reverse side of the necklace, an enchanting light twinkles and plays on the impressionist composition of blue and white houses – the exquisite work of jewelry inlay expresses the enduring memory and wonder of Jodhpur. Its front is an ode to the pure lines and radiance of its immaculate marble palaces.

Also among the 60 pieces being showcased in Paris are the Aigle de Jodhpur brooch, crafted from white gold, marble and diamonds; the Tiger ring containing a 12-carat Burmese ruby; the Jodhpur Eagle ring made with a stonking 21-carat tanzanite, and a brooch featuring an emerald which once sat in a maharaja’s belt buckle. For now though Boucheron is keeping these and its other creations safely under heavily-guarded wraps.

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Top 10 Necklaces For Your Sangeet

Whenever we speak of Sangeets it conventionally strikes notions of traditional attire for the bride-to-be and jewellery to accompany this. However I have searched high and low for necklaces with the elegant traditional look, which has been added with chic touches. For any brides-to-be, here are the Top 10 necklaces for your Sangeet.

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1. Now this is what I call a showstopper; if you want to make a statement this is certainly a masterpiece diamond necklace by Gehna Jewellers to indulge in for a Sangeet. Jacqueline Fernandes had been spotted wearing a similar piece last year on the catwalk and has started to trend. The diamond and emerald stones are a match made in heaven and the gold finish adds that traditional touch. This piece will add glamour to any Sangeet outfit and create the WOW factor!

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2. Amrapali’s 18k gold plated silver necklace is a gorgeous and bold statement piece, which has been handcrafted with gold plated floral beads strung together. This would suit a contemporary outfit with either simple or heavy work with elements of gold hues.

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3. This Vilandi fusion necklace is the perfect portrayal of where traditional meets present-day; the use of ruby and emerald square cut stones creates that contemporary look, whilst the round-cut american diamonds, gold finish and round white pearls adds traditional touches. This statement necklace could pair up with most Mughal or royal influenced Sangeet attire.

No. 4 - Naho Necklace By Manish Arora For Amrapali

4. Manish Arora is the talk of the town at the moment and if you are a fan of his contemporary jewellery, then you will love his Naho necklace. Although this does not follow the conventional heavy necklaces that are normally worn at a Sangeet, this is certainly unique and daring. The colours are perfect to suit a Sangeet outfit, especially with the gold-plated enamel with swarovski pearl beads, miniature orange hearts and tiny deep lime green grape charms. This is a fun and quirky piece, which is perfect for the modern bride who is looking for something different.

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5. Art Karat’s Aahana necklace is just dazzling, the colours and choker style necklace is faceted with ruby, white sapphire and kundan stones with an adjustable dori. As this uses a number of colours it would suit outfits which have simple kundan work and add more character to it.

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6. This delicately detailed Chandrani necklace by Art Karat is exemplary of traditional Sangeet jewellery; with the use of multiple colours in the ruby, green onyx and clear kundan stones. This is an elegant customary piece which will compliment your traditional outfit gracefully.

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7. Gehna Jewller’s Kaleidoscope necklace ticks the boxes for the ultimate traditional necklace, with its’ gold and coloured gem stones, rubies, emeralds, pearls and kundan work. Also the middle feature piece gives the necklace extra character; a royal mughal style outfit would work superbly with this.

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8. Estelle Deve’s gold-plated pewter necklace meets the Starbust Trend as picked up by ELLE India, which consists of any jewellery with bursts of diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds! This is a simple yet a bold statement piece which will add glamour to an outfit with heavy gold thread work, border or embroidery.

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9. Art Karat’s intricate Indra necklace is faceted with captivating small kundan gems; if you prefer a lengthy necklace this is ideal. With the added miniature pearls and golden balls on the chain, this would couple well with attire with pearl work or even without it. A blouse with a round neck or high neck or anarkali would be the ultimate pairing for this Indra necklace.

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10. This Diva necklace is perfect for those who plan to wear attire with hues of red and pink and prefers longer necklace. Art Karat’s incredible Diva necklace has been crafted together using white pearl, zircon and ruby jewels and a white gold finish. An outfit which has more simple work around the neckline and chest area would pair up greatly with this.

One piece of advice I would with agree with from Shilpa Shetty Kundra  was in an interview with ELLE India: “The jewellery shouldn’t overpower you and [you should] wear what you are comfortable with.” I hope this gives you inspiration on jewellery you select for your Sangeet.

Let us know which piece is your favourite from this top 10 list.

Written by Victoria Das

Victoria is a London based blogger. She has a passion for fashion and food, with a speciality in contemporary Asian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki and is the latest member of the Think Shaadi blogging family. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki LadkiInstagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

Anamika Khanna & Raj Mahtani: London Exhibition

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This September sees the arrival, in London, of two very special talents, in the fields of fashion and jewellery design. Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani. The pair embodies the sensual, the evocative and the grand.

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The exhibition takes place at The Bentley Hotel, a tremendously ornate building, which will surely be the perfect setting for these creative lovers of beauty.

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Anamika became a much-lauded and not to mention much sort after designer after the launch of her international label – Ana-Mika – in 2004. Not only is she the first Indian designer to launch an international label, she was also the first to be featured at Paris Fashion Week, along with that master of colour Manish Arora.

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She is a pioneer of fashion in her own right. Anamika creates magic with figure flattening couture pieces, she has also brought the waistcoat and half draped saris into vogue. With her mixture of traditional Indian patterns, married with Western methods of design, and topped off by a insatiable enthusiasm for intricate embroidery, Anamika is an exceedingly unusual creative force in the world of Indian design.

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Her quality as a designer rests in the fact that she has a great appreciation of vintage design, each and every one of her collections is rich with historical references and tantalising vintage sweetness.

Raj Mahtani Design

Now, jewellery is a very difficult thing to get right, you either have the talents to design and fashion together a piece of luxury or you don’t. Raj Mahtani certainly does, with a family business created in 1880, by his great-great-grand father, which was then called Satramdas Dhalamal. In 2000 Raj took the business into the stratosphere of contemporary jewellery design, and it soon became a globally recognised design power house.

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Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, his family’s business was renowned for designing jewellery favoured by the Maharaja’s, nowadays that hint of regal flare is still burning brightly. Raj is well-known for his passionate love for Mughal design, and his jewellery reflects that.

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In a recent interview he said “I love everything about the Mughal empire – the passion, the design, the romance, the art and the cultural experiences of that time period. And of course, I love the sheer grandeur!”

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His recent designs have seen a shift towards the romantic drama of Mughal design, finely shaped gems, offset by brilliant gold and silver. His sheer genius for sourcing the most eye-catching gems is still very strong indeed. It is impossible not to fall in love with Raj’ jewellery.

This exhibition is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates quality craftmanship and historical beauty.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP Mrs Chhavi Seth-Mediratta – chhaviseth@yahoo.co.uk

All photos are the property of Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani