PC Jeweller partnered with veteran actor and social activist Shabana Azmi’s NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS) to host a fashion show in support of empowering rural Indian women. The fashion show titled Men for Mijwan by Manish Malhotra saw models sporting some elaborate chikan work done by Mijwan girls. Leading Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra walked the ramp along with 25 models. Later in the month, PC Jeweller presented a wide array of jewels at the Style Extravaganza Fashion Show in Bangalore where the beautiful Kangna Ranaut sported the brand’s designer diamond and polki jewellery teamed with a Manish Malhotra outfit. Recently, the flourishing jewellery brand also launched its second store in Ahmedabad and had brought in the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez to do the honours. This jewellery brand sure knows how to bring out the stars!
SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE
Well known designers, celebrities and the crème de la crème of society came together to support Araaish, a spring-summer bonanza organised in aid of Save The Children India. It was hosted by Mana Shetty, Rahul Kadri and Isha Mehra as a tribute to their mother, the late Vipula Kadri. Celebrities Sohail Khan and Suniel Shetty made it a point to support their wives at the show that put up clothing, accessories and lifestyle-related stalls at Blue Sea, Worli. Other celebrities who were spotted at the event were Vikram Phadnis, Rukshana Eisa, Laila Lamba, Mandira Bedi, Rashmi Nigam, Madhoo Shah and Aarti Surendranath among others. “The exhibition has seen unprecedented footfalls each season and the funds have gone a long way to secure the children’s future,” noted Sharmilla Khanna, who organised the event.
Amrapali unveiled a new collection of couture pieces at a benefit hosted at The Plaza Hotel in New York to support Future Brilliance, a non-profit organisation supporting the ongoing skill development of artisans and empowerment of war-affected women in Afghanistan. The guest list included a bevy of New York’s tastemakers and fine jewellery collectors who were privy to over 200 one-of-a-kind Amrapali pieces. Invitees were also encouraged to pose in museum quality pieces for Amrapali’s social media integrated photobooth at the hotel.
Tarun Tahiliani’s show at the recent Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 in New Delhi demonstrated his exceptional Indian heritage-inspired couture garments, which were teamed with gold jewellery from the Tarun Tahiliani for Azva collection. The showstopper for the evening was none other than Shilpa Shetty, who was bedecked in Tarun Tahiliani creations from head-to-toe.
ENTICE DELHI TURNS TWO
To celebrate the second anniversary of their Delhi boutique, Entice hosted a four-day long celebratory affair. Beginning with informative sessions on kundan, diamond and solitaire jewellery for loyal patrons, the brand took its celebrations a notch higher with a Ghazal and Sufiana Kalam evening with Anita Singh. Entice also announced its association with Forevermark and showcased some breathtaking jewellery from the Forevermark Mille Moi & Cornerstones collections.
Piaget unveiled its latest collection, A Mythical Journey by Piaget at the Lodhi Hotel in Delhi. The collection of 32 watches and 16 jewellery pieces took one on a captivating voyage through Asia. Pagodas, plum blossoms, Ferghana horses, cranes, scenes of the Chang’an, Indian palaces, elephants and peacocks – were artfully depicted on the watches with engravings, enamelling, embroidery and micromosaic. These stunning masterpieces were unveiled in the presence of several noted dignitaries and socialites including Piaget’s brand director Jean Marc Shammas, Piaget’s watch marketing product manager Marc Menant, Swiss Ambassador to India Linus Von Castelmur, Anoop and Devaunshi Mehta, Sheeba and Sakheb Shaw, Chetan Mehta, Feroze Gujral and Haseena Jethmalani among several others.
Gemfields along with co-author Joanna Hardy unveiled Emerald, a new coffee-table book at the Delhi Art Gallery. The 272-page book on the rare gemstone is written by jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy along with Hettie Judah and Jonathan Self, and has a preface by Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani. The book launch saw several stalwarts from the jewellery and art industry, including Sanjay Kasliwal of Gem Palace, Munna Jhaveri, Shivika and Roshika Singh, Vijay Jain, Kajal Fabiani, Prasad Kapre and many more.
Popley Group unveiled its latest collection of gold and kundan jewellery on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa. Held at the brand’s Turner Road store in Bandra, Mumbai, the launch saw several celebrities from the Marathi film fraternity including Sharmila Thackeray, Kanchan Adhikari, Ashok Saraf, singer Vaishali Samant, Varsha Usgoankar, Jitendra Joshi and Mansi Naik. Rajiv Popley, director, Popley Group, said, “Gudi Padwa is one of the most important occasions celebrated across Maharashtra and our new gold jewellery collection with kundan and semi-precious stones is the perfect complement to celebrate this festival.”
Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, hosted a grand evening to celebrate their ‘Espana’ collection in true Spanish style with a flamenco performance, Spanish guitars and flowing sangria. The limited edition collection was unveiled by the Ambassador of Spain, Gustavo de Aristegui, followed by a grand evening hosted by luxury consultant, Nisha Jamvwal. The celebrations flowed over to another day which saw several socialites in attendance, including Kim Sharma, Gerson and Uma da Cunha, Anil Dharkar, Maneesha Ruia, Consul General Domingo with wife Carmen, Aftab and Ayesha Patel, Farah Sanjana, Maneck Davar and Rashmi Mansukhani among others.
AN ILLUSTRIOUS SOIREE
Delhi’s creme de la creme came forward to attend the launch of Nirav Modi’s flagship store in the capital that was not only replete with stunning jewellery but also with noted works from the progressive school of art. The couture brand’s loyalists like Dilshad Sheikh, Neeli Kapoor, Bina Ramani Anna, Avanti Talwar, Anushka Ansal and Ishira Goel even walked the ramp adorned with timeless Nirav Modi jewels along with top models like Indrani Dasgupta, Parvathy Omanakuttan and Deepti Gujral. The guest list included well-known faces like Omar Abdullah and Sara Pilot, the Ansal Family, Charu Sachdev, Kalyani Saha, Sanjay Kapoor, Sanjay Sharma (head of Christie’s in India), Sujata Assomull Sippy, Rohit Bal, Gauri and Nainika, Karan and Varun Bahl.
Karisma Kapoor along with Krishaa and Gautam Ghanasingh launched the new Ghanasingh Be True Jewellery Salon in Bandra, Mumbai recently. The joyous launch also saw the unveiling of the brand’s new and exclusive jewellery collection by Maheka Mirpuri, titled Jewels of the Caribbean. Celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar, Sunil Rane, Tara Sharma, Naved Jaffery, Vivek Vaswani, Zeba Kohli, Krishika Lulla, Rukshana and Mustafa Eisa, Simi Chandoke and Pooja Mishra were treated to a night that was every bit Caribbean in spirit.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Gemfields recently launched Project Blossoming, a creative and philanthropic partnership with ten Indian jewellers to support Project Nanhi Kali and its cause of providing quality education to underprivileged girls. It also roped in actor Chitrangda Singh as their global ambassador for the project.
Leading jewellers from across the country – Abaran Jewellers, Amrapali, Anmol Jewellers, Hazoorilal, Lala Jugal Kishore Jewellers, Mirari, Moksh, Narayan Jewellers, Tibarumals Jewellers, Talwarsons Jewellers – have created one-of-a-kind pieces set with Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies and inspired by the notion of blossoming.
The Project Blossoming collection will tour India, visiting each of the designers’ boutiques, before returning to Mumbai on June 6, 2014, where the collection will be auctioned by Christie’s at an exclusive black-tie event. The proceeds raised from the sale will go directly to the cause and aims to raise support for a minimum of 2,000 girls. “India and coloured gemstones have a rich and powerful history and, as such, India has played an important part in Gemfields’ success as a business,” said Ian Harebottle, Gemfields’ chief executive officer. “We feel that it is only fair to give back to a country that has been so hospitable to us. With the funds raised through the sale of these colourful jewellery creations we can have a huge impact on the lives of thousands of young girls all over India.”
“Nanhi Kali (meaning a little bud) is the concept which has been beautifully incorporated into Project Blossoming,” noted Sheetal Mehta, trustee and executive director, K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, one of the institutions that implements Nanhi Kali. “I am truly grateful to Gemfields for partnering with Project Nanhi Kali and committing to support at least 2,000 girls, bringing us a step closer to our vision of reaching out to 100,000 girls.”
CALLING ALL DIVAS
Bangalore-based diamond jewellery brand, Love Is For Ever (LIFE) Jewellery Lounge along with Prasad Bidapa launched the LIFE Design Diva Competition in UB City Mall in Bangalore. The contest was announced at a fashion show co-organised with designers Jamila and Seema Malhotra which was attended by several prominent socialites. The contest enables women to walk into the LIFE Jewellery Lounge and design their own jewellery. The winner will claim the LIFE Design Diva title and a cool H1.4 lakh prize.
On Women’s Day, Varuna D Jani hosted a spectacular jewellery-cum-fashion show at the South Asia rally of the Association of Inner Wheel Club of India (A Rotary club body). The third edition of the South Asia rally focused on activities surrounding women’s empowerment and their upliftment. Present on the occasion were Arts in Motion’s director Aanchal Gupta, socialite Chhaya Momaya, Pushpa Suryamurthy and several Inner Wheel members.
LUCKY NUMBER 28
Anmol Jewellers celebrated its 28th anniversary Vegas-style with a special roulette wheel et al. Founder of Anmol Jewellers, Ishu Datwani, created a mini casino at his Bandra store. Loyal patrons were invited to try their luck, with some winning a 100% discount on making charges on diamond jewellery as well as scoring other gifts. Guests spent their evening sipping wine and admiring the lovely jewellery on display.
Huma Qureshi couldn’t help trying on some beautiful jewellery as she unveiled the new Forevermark diamond jewellery collection in association with Khurana Jewellery House. Excited about the jewellery, Huma Qureshi said, “I love diamonds, they are a girl’s best friend. I am sure that everyone in Amritsar will be as thrilled as I am to indulge in the Forevermark experience at Khurana Jewellery House.”
WOMEN AT THE CENTRE
This International Women’s Day, Manubhai Jewellers lent its support to women empowerment through its ‘Art from the Heart’ exhibition. The leading jewellery retailer provided underprivileged women who have been trained by Sahara Handicraft with a platform to exhibit and sell their creations at the Manubhai Jewellers Borivali store in Mumbai.
“With 90% of our staff comprising women, we understand the value women have brought to the business frontier today. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we wanted to do something different. The ‘Art from the Heart Exhibition’ means much to the entire Manubhai Jewellers family and it is our first step in promoting the artistry and skills of women from Sahara Handicraft. We’d like to thank NGO Srujna for facilitating this association and look forward to many such initiatives in the future,” said Samir Sagar, director, Manubhai Jewellers.