The India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) celebrated its fifth edition from July 14–17 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. The four-day jewellery extravaganza organised by the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) saw some of the most reputed jewellery brands showcase their innovative designs on the ramp along with budding designers from the National Institute of Design (NID) and the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ).
The show was inaugurated by chief guest Rashmi Thackeray along with Vikram Merchant, manager – India, Rio Tinto, Amit Pratihari, director for retail, Forevermark, R.K. Sharma, CEO and executive director of PC Jeweller and Mehul Choksi, chairman of Gitanjali Gems along with the GJEPC’s top brass.
The IIJW is a celebration of high-end couture jewellery and 24 jewellery houses and designers opened up their treasure chests to display an array of dazzling daily wear, party wear and bridal jewellery.
Models were adorned in jewellery from head to toe. Designers experimented with contemporary forms, gave tribal jewellery a couture edge, while others delved into the past for inspiration. Temple and Mughal-inspired jewellery made a strong presence at the show.
Eye-popping gem-studded jewellery, innovative arm bands, supersized pendant necklaces, chand balis, jhumkis, tasselled earrings and haath phools reigned on the runaway.
Bollywood actor, fashionista and the GJEPC brand ambassador Sonam Kapoor walked at the grand finale, marking the end of another successful edition of the IIJW. Having witnessed diamonds, gemstones, gold and silver take various forms over the course of the exclusive Jewellery Week, ADORN screens the latest jewellery trends spotted at the IIJW.
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
These days there is no dearth of ornaments to bedeck your arms – bazubands (armlets), manchettes (long cuffs), haath phools (wrist and hand ornaments), oversized bracelets – the choice is simply fascinating and at times, a tad whimsical. This was amply demonstrated at the recently concluded IIJW.
Jewellery departed from its standard colour palettes and swerved pop hues such as mauve, sea- green, baby pink, fiery orange, and more. The fun and fresh tints by high-end jewellery pieces turned them covetable. It is a perfect fit for women who love couture jewellery but also want to wear it with a bit of nonchalance.
Layering can be fun and is catching on like wild fire. For a dressy appearance, multiple necklaces are worn to form a large colourful bib or an offbeat pendant necklace is teamed with a fulsome choker. Brides today are using imaginative ways to pair off gem-set chokers with long chains constructed with complementary tones.
Necklaces got a makeover this season on the IIJW ramp. Neck wear showcasing intricate and fine floral engravings to those that extended to shoulder ornaments, dressed up in diamonds and pearls, ruled the show. Open necklaces with gemstones ending with diamond-set motifs and ombre diamond necklaces held with gemstones revealed a willingness among today’s women to experiment with different styles and genres.
FOCUS ON PENDANTS
Long single- and chains of gems, pearls and polkis embellished statement medallions square-shaped pendants ruled the ramp this year. The pendants got their colour from bright enamels, carved gems and and relief and filigree work.
Gone are the days when rings played a secondary role in the context of a complete parure. Today, finger bling has acquired a new dimension in the world of jewellery fashion. Two- and three- finger rings and massive rings are taking centre stage.
Red is the ‘it’ colour that been dominating the runways year. The various shades of ravishing reds include gems such as rubies, tourmalines, garnets and more. The rich hues are not only being into contemporary jewellery set with diamonds and polkis and elaborate chokers, but even with antique and kundan-set gemstone necklaces.
FOR YOUR EARS ONLY
The days of flirty statement earrings are here. If chand baalis and jhumkis are in the spotlight, so are the shoulder dusters that gently sway with each movement you make. Linear pairs, double-drop jhumkis suspending from baalis, or elongated saddle chandeliers with tassels are making headway on popularity charts like never before.
This year, colourful tassels swamped the ramp. Navel-length pendant necklaces, chokers, long earrings and cuffs featured swinging tassels configured with gem beads, fibre, pearls and diamonds to heighten the elegance and luxuriousness of the pieces. These bejewelled motifs add an old-world charm in the new-wave world of couture jewellery.