First look: Manish Malhotra’s heavy duty diamond jhumkas
Manish Malhotra’s very first piece of jewellery—earrings crafted by Anmol jewelers—were unveiled on the evening of September 4 at The Imperial Hotel, Delhi at 7.30pm.
The three-tiered earrings took three months to craft, and feature 56 teardrop Forevermark diamonds, all set in 18K rose gold. But that’s not all the bling there is. With a grand total of 2,518 diamonds, the earrings weigh a stunning 10.43 carats.
The designer’s decadent chandelier jhumkas were created as part of the Forevermark Promise campaign, an initiative where a designer crafts jewellery in collaboration with the jewellery house to represent a promise they make. “As an Indian designer, it’s my prerogative to explore our culture and heritage, and my promise is to promote the rich traditions of art and design in our country,” says Malhotra, who is following in the footsteps of the likes of Gareth Pugh, Stephen Webster and Rachel Roy.
Malhotra’s inspiration was his interpretation of vintage Indian opulence enjoyed by the well-traveled artistocrats from the 1930s and 1940s. Though the earrings are relatively simple compared to what royalty wore back then, it’s hard to miss the distinct old world look of the jewellery.
“Manish Malhotra is undoubtedly one of the world’s great fashion talents and we are honoured that he has chosen to work with Forevermark diamonds for his first fine jewellery piece,” says Sachin Jain, president of Forevermark India. “The collaboration with him and Anmol Jewellers has produced a stunning piece of diamond jewellery that Forevermark is extremely proud to showcase.”
Who was on the first look guest list? Shweta Nanda, Ramola Bachchan and Sunil Sethi were all invited the see the jewellery come down the runway worn by model Rikki Chatterjee.