Popularly known as the Tiara girl in the Gem and Jewellery industry, I have stayed true to the title at the annual India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) trade show representing my love for hair accessories held in August 2019. Staying true to my desire to revive hair accessories, I kept on the tradition this year with a black turban style over my head which was accented by the beautiful kundan brooch. I wish to inspire women to wear head and hair jewellery and be creative with them to make a statement.
I have been a loyal attendee of the IIJS annual show for the past 15 years and the display of the gorgeous diamonds, rarest of gemstones, innovative technologies and machinery, artistic and creative jewellery designs that the event hosts year on year, has ensured that I am inspired to be back.
The Gemstone Jewellery Hitlist
There was one brand that got everyone’s attention at the IIJS show with their beautiful Cinderella collection and that was Sanskriti Jewels. The dreamy selection was unique and displayed such a wide variety of jewellery pieces that everyone was inspired.
Pastel gemstones continued to be a hit during the event and we could see the trend along in the jewellery collection from Tara Fine Jewels who gave their own spin to this colored gemstone jewellery trend.
Opals have been in Vogue this season and they had to be a part of the largest Indian trade show. With their exclusive collection launch, Exquisite Fine Jewellery brought a glimpse of the beautiful Aurora in their kyanite Opal gemstone jewellery.
Experiencing Variety in Earrings
Classic Kundan earrings have their very artistic and traditional edge that really resonates with my Indian traditional jewellery obsession. I found these carefully handcrafted Kundan earrings at the booth of Kik Jewels.
From the Classic traditional, now let’s move to the classic modern with these sparkling cocktail earrings from Splurge Jewels that will make you the star of the party with its twinkling diamonds.
It was overwhelming to see the lovely response to the Platinum earrings from Khimji that were designed by me alongside their team. It was one of the top nominations for the Platinum category at the Retail Jeweller India awards at IIJS Mumbai. The use of platinum in a jewellery piece makes it quite the trendsetter.
Coming back to the show, the occasional-wear composite set diamond earrings from Uma Ornaments showcased a beautiful design that was unique and classy. This is my go-to trusted brand for some classic diamond pieces. The composite set diamonds continue to trend as a cost-effective way to design diamond jewellery.
Romancing with Rings
The Animal motifs were trending again with very immaculate designs that made them stand out from the other Rings.
First was the Eagle Ring from Golecha Jewels that represented the bird in flight set with the beautiful rubies, emeralds, and a bold polki diamond.
And then the peacock-inspired Ring from Anil Bharwani Fine Jewellery which was so carefully crafted that we could see each feather with the iridescent blue mother of pearl, diamonds, carved ruby and exquisite designs.
The highlight of the show though was the Lotus Temple Ring that received the coveted Guinness Book of World Record for curating the Ring with the maximum number (7,777) diamonds.
An overwhelming visit to the Craft Pavilion by GJSCI
I was honoured by the invitation to the Craft Pavilion by Mr. Sanjay Kothari, Chairman of Gem and Jewellery Skills Council of India (GJSCI) held at the IIJS 2019. Here, I met with the traditional artisans who have been conserving and taking forward the forgotten jewellery arts of India for generations.
Got you covered; Brides-to-be
I have often seen a great display of jewellery pieces that are perfect for the Brides. This year was no different. The variety of bridal jewellery available would fit every kind of bride, from royal-grand to minimal-classy.
My first stop was at the Kanakratna booth where they showcased how to include trend into Bridal Jewellery, this tissue necklace set in Gold is perfect for the modern bride who wants to keep it light but also have an edge.
Then, I moved to Tallin Jewels to fall in love with the rose-cuts on this fine piece of jewellery set which would sit perfectly on a lehenga or a gown as it was quite versatile in its design.
The last bridal jewellery piece on my list had to be the very regal and traditional “Rani haar” from The House of Rambhajo’s which is by definition designed for “The Queen”. This layered necklace set with the earrings that bring forth the green tones in the set is sure to make you feel like a Queen on your special day.
Here’s something for the Men
I like jewellery and accessories that can be worn in more than one way. One such jewellery piece I found was the Kilangi at The House of Rambhajo’s which can be worn as a Head accessory over a turban or as a brooch on the Kurta or Sherwani. You can wear it in any of these ways, and it would look fantastic.
The other notable accessories I found were the Bejewelled Pen and Gift items at the booth of Imaginarium which excels at manufacturing 3-Dimensional jewellery and accessory pieces, promoting the modern techniques and budding designers.
Glory of Gemstones
Like every year, Rubies, Sapphires, and Emeralds dominated this year’s event of IIJS, Mumbai. While some more modern trends in Opals, Morganites, Tanzanite, Baroque and Keshi pearls were also seen throughout the show.
Ending on a Diamond Note
The Sliced diamonds and Rose cuts are a huge trend this season. The beautiful rose cuts were seen in the statement earrings by Tallin jewels.
Though the Yellow and Pink colored diamonds ruled the show, there were other diamond colors that also made some headway at the IIJS Show.
The colors in this romantic Ring by Ananthai are a testament to how color can be incorporated in a classic yet strong way.