Fawaz Gruosi, the creative genius behind Swiss jewellery brand de Grisogono, celebrated his birthday with flamboyance at the Billionaire Club in Sardinia.
The great and the good from the worlds of music, fashion, film and art were privy to a curated exhibition showcasing a selection of high-end jewellery pieces that marked the brand’s 20th anniversary. Supermodel Irina Shayk looked sublime in a pair of de Grisogono’s new crescent-shaped earrings featuring a 10.25-carat and 10.07-carat round-cut white diamonds and studded with 2,122 diamonds and 794 rubies, and a Tubetto ring carpeted with 235 diamonds.
Spotted at the event were Gruosi’s friends and family, including his daughters Allegra and Violetta Gruosi, along with opera legend Andrea Boccelli, Melissa Satta, Fiona Swarovski and the Swarovski family, Flavio and Elisabetta Briatore, Rena Sindi, Prince Giovanelli, Claudia Galanti Mimran and Valeria Marini among others.
ART ON DISPLAY
Damiani, the Italian handcrafted jewellery brand, held a private viewing of its rare masterpieces at The Connaught at The Oberoi, New Delhi.
The one-off jewellery pieces were paired with the opulent gowns from the ‘Miss Diva Collection’ by haute couturier Mandira Wirk. Miss Diva India-Universe 2013 Manasi Moghe wore jewellery from Damiani Acqua, a platinum and diamond collection inspired by the colour and the purity of water.
Also on preview were the Butterfly, Juliette, Mimosa and Foyer collections. The bejewelled evening was attended by Sujata Assomull Sippy, Tanisha Mohan, Ramola Bachchan, Shallu Jindal, Surita Tandon, Niki Mahajan and Devika Sahni among several other A-listers.
P. N. Gadgil Jewellers (PNG) recently signed veteran actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene as its brand ambassador. “An epitome of grace, maturity and elegance, Madhuri’s image of a self-made Marathi actress in Bollywood would add value to our brand,” said Saurabh Gadgil, president and owner of PNG.
“I am close to P. N. Gadgil Jewellers and have always loved their designs. It is an honour to be associated with such a timeless and classic brand. I am looking forward to representing it,” said Madhuri.
Popley Group, an ambassador of luxury and lifestyle in India and the Middle East, launched the new TAG Heuer shop-in-shop at the Popley & Sons showroom in Bandra, Mumbai. On the occasion, Popley & Sons showcased TAG Heuer’s latest collection of timepieces. One of the most notable watches was the Heuer Carrera Mikrograph with a 1/100th second chronograph studded with 62 jewels. The rose gold limited edition watch was showcased along with other TAG Heuer collections namely Carrera, Aquaracer Link, Formula 1 and Monaco.
Rajiv Popley along with Franck Dardenne, general manager, TAG Heuer played perfect hosts to guests who got a rare opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the luxurious timepieces.
DIAMONDS, COCKTAILS AND THE GLITTERATI
Swiss jewellery house Avakian held its first haute joaillerie exhibition in Monte Carlo where it showcased its latest jewellery creations and exceptional designs. To launch this special event, Edmond Avakian and his family hosted a fabulous cocktail party around the pool of the Hotel Metropole in the presence of well-heeled guests and celebrities. French models Adriana Karembeu and Sarah Marshall hosted this memorable evening.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the Jasani Jewellery Lounge and to introduce the new festive jewellery collection, Shyam and Mehnaz Jasani organised a soiree over jewels and tea at the Four Seasons, Mumbai. The bejewelled high tea party was a lavish affair with the Jasanis playing gracious hosts to guests such as Dilip and Shalini Piramal, Celina and Jeh Wadia, Rekha Jhunjhunwala, Renu Chainani, Amrita Raichand, Suchitra Pillai, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Nayantara Kilachand and Krishika Lulla amongst others. Natasha Chib took a keen interest in the exquisite collections on display such as the Bridal line, the Classic collection and Urban Chic, a new contemporary line being introduced by Jasani. Bhavin Rupani, Anita Vaswani, Simi Chandoke, Deepshikha, Pria Kataria Puri, Pooja Mishra, Maheka Mirpuri and Sheeba discussed diamonds as they mingled over cupcakes.
A THAI AFFAIR
Thailand-based Prima Gold, a maker of 24-karat pure gold jewellery, recently collaborated with the Royal Thai consulate-general to celebrate Thai culture at the Four Seasons hotel in Mumbai. Thai and Indian models graced the ramp wearing the elegant jewellery, which perfectly complemented the luxurious silk outfits by designer Nathaphant Laksanawong. The collection comprised stunning necklaces, pendant sets, rings and earrings, with detailed designs for daily, evening and bridal wear.
Present at the event were Nat Pinyowattanacheep, consul-general of Thailand in Mumbai, Bharat Nebhani, assistant manager-marketing of Pranda Jewelry, Karan Tacker, Meiyang Chang, Vishal Malhotra and his wife, and other Thai dignitaries. Naraen Tejwani, managing director of Pranda India, said, “It was a pleasure to display our collection at an evening dedicated to the rich Thai culture. As the brand has its roots in Thailand, we could have not asked for a better occasion to bring out the unique aspects of Prima Gold jewellery.”
Farah Khan Fine Jewellery collaborated with Hrithik Roshan to create an exclusive line of silver jewellery for his movie, Krrish 3. Accented with diamonds and leather bands, the collection includes mobile charms, pendants, chains, pins, power masks and wristbands, all priced between H2,500 and H6,000. Talking about the collaboration, Farah commented, “The motivation behind it was Hrithik, who himself has overcome personal obstacles to be a public figure and inspire people to achieve success irrespective of problems. It is an inspirational line-up of jewellery, and my designs have always reflected a deeper thought and this time it’s no different. We want people to wear these pieces to give them strength, to give them courage to do the right thing in life for there is a Krrish in all of us!” Farah Khan-Ali also launched India’s first ever-fine jewellery online portal, www.farahkhanfinejewellery.com to be able to cater to a global audience. The Krrish collection along with the rest of her jewellery lines is now available on her website.
Zevadhi Jewels, a new jewellery brand, showcased some of its brilliant collections that take a cue from Mughal and Victorian art. Lending a modern twist to timeless crafts, Meenakshi Joshi Sharma and Komal Ashtekar Hajare, the talent behind the brand, created diamond and jadau pieces with a design edge. The launch, held at The Lodhi in New Delhi, was attended by Rohit Gandhi, Indrani Dasgupta, Rohan Jaitley, Atsu, Kavita and Aashti Bharti, along with Lara Dutta, who wore some statement jewels by the brand. Speaking on the occasion, Meenakshi Joshi Sharma, business head of Zevadhi Jewels, said, “Our aim is to focus on the design aesthetics which will leave a lasting impression; not just to be seen and remembered, but to be felt.”
Ranka Jewellers, the 134-year-old Pune-based jewellery brand, brings its gold craftsmanship and expertise to Thane, a district in Maharashtra. Bollywood actor Vidya Balan, the epitome of grace and poise, inaugurated the new Thane showroom in the presence of the Ranka family and its well-wishers. Even though Vidya is the former brand ambassador of Ranka Jewellers, she was gracious enough to attend the opening due her long-standing association with the brand.
Jewellery designer, Mamta Malhotra Grover hosted the preview of ‘Illumination’, a limited edition jewellery collection inspired by legendry artist S.H. Raza’s works. The first of its kind, Illumination is a beautiful amalgamation of art and jewellery. The jewellery exhibition features a fantastical array of unique artistry and extraordinary colour made in pure silver. The exclusive jewellery pieces consist of necklaces, bracelets and armbands, strung with Swarovski and semi-precious stones.
“One paints because one adores and loves life. When a painting is made into a piece of jewellery, both its beauty and value get enhanced, and it becomes an object of adornment. My experience of working with Mamta Malhotra has been satisfying since the work has been done with sensitivity and care,” said Sayed Haider Raza.
On the launch of Illumination, Mamta Malhotra, said, “Raza Saheb has been a mentor to me, guiding me with his vision and wisdom, but even more, has shaped and deepened my understanding of art, aesthetics, form and more importantly, of life. And now when he is back in his beloved India, getting to work closely with him, I can only feel blessed.”
Bollywood sensation Vidut Jamwal recently launched Citizen’s latest Promaster collection in India at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai. Katsusuke Tokura, managing director, Citizen Watches (India) Pvt. Ltd., said, “In this fast-changing world, time is always a constraint, especially if it’s about innovation and technological advances. Citizen’s Eco-Drive Satellite Wave – Air, the fastest satellite synchronised watch in the world, is not only superior in design and the state-of-the-art technology, but is also highly desirable. The Eco-Drive Altichron extends the model’s legendary altimeter performance and elevates the multi-functionality even higher. Both the watches have enhanced performance with newer technologies and provocative designs.” The Eco-Drive Satellite Wave – Air watch receives time signals from navigation satellites. It engages atomic clocks of the closest orbital satellites circling the Earth from about 20,000 kilometres above, and beams signals directly back to your watch no matter where one is. The Eco-Drive Altichron offers dual-sensor altimeter, electronic compass and unprecedented operational range from 300 metres below sea-level to an astonishing 10,000 metres in the atmosphere and can display the precise measurement of depth, height or direction at the single push of a button.
AN UNBREAKABLE PROMISE
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez and Forevermark India’s president Sachin Jain unveiled British fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s first fine jewellery piece in collaboration with Forevermark at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai.
The necklace set in steel and encrusted with over 100 Forevermark diamonds along with 5,500 diamonds totalling 91.98 carats was brought to life with cutting-edge digital mapping and 3D technology. A part of Forevermark’s Promise Campaign, Gareth was inspired by his trip to the Orapa diamond mine in Botswana, where he came to understand the incredible story behind each Forevermark diamond. One part of the operation that he found particularly compelling was the alliance between age-old craft and advanced technology; Pugh immediately knew that he wanted that relationship to be part of the story of this piece.
At the launch Pugh explained, “The inspiration behind the neckpiece comes from my idea of what a promise is – an unbreakable bond. Coming back to Forevermark, it’s about the reciprocal relationship that they have with the communities they support. It’s not about taking, it’s about giving something back. The piece closes with a titanium pin which is set with a diamond on the top. I really liked the idea of using that as a signifier of an unbreakable bond.”
Araaish, a day of festive shopping, celebrated 25 years of Save The Children India at Blue Sea in Mumbai. Diverse clothes, jewellery, accessories and home décor brands presented their festive collections at the shopping extravaganza. Hosted by Mana Shetty, Isha Mehra, Sharmilla Khanna and Shaan Khanna, the exhibition was well-attended by friends who have supported the cause and the ladies year after year. Suniel Shetty was also seen at the event, supporting his wife Mana Shetty, and Save The Children India. Also spotted at the event were Nawaz Singhania, Rashmi Thackeray, Zeba Kohli, Aparna Badlani, Nikhil Thampi, Roshni Chopra, Pratima Bhatia, Pinky Reddy and Aarti Surendranath among others.
Building on the Araaish legacy of blending philanthropy with glamour and excellence, the event featured the first ever neon range of products by Save The Children India along with handcrafted, high-quality products made by adolescent girls and young women, who are part of its Women’s Institute for Social Education initiative (WISE).
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN
Swiss watchmaker Omega formally opened its first boutique in Kolkata. Brand ambassador Abhishek Bachchan and Omega’s vice president of communication and PR, Jean-Pascal Perret, inaugurated the store and invited guests to experience Omega’s world of design excellence and cutting- edge innovation.
This marks the watchmaker’s seventh boutique in India. The boutique will display a comprehensive collection of Omega products from its four renowned watch families – Constellation, Seamaster, Speedmaster and De Ville – as well as the brand’s Fine Leather collection.