Contemporary Design for Diwali Jewelry

Melanie Fourie

Few accessories tie together as well with Diwali’s theme of illumination as that of exquisite jewelry. Dhanteras, the first day of the festival, is associated with opulence, and women throughout the globe can be found scouting malls for new jewelry for the occasion. Some may attend melas (fairs) ahead of time, looking for traditional statement pieces that will provide some panache. But what if you’re yearning for something a bit different, perhaps a conventional design given a contemporary twist? For some inspiration, check out these new works by top Indian contemporary jewelry designers. 

FARAH KHAN ALI

Indian gemologist and celebrity luxury jeweler Farah Khan was born into prominence: her dad, Sanjay, is a Bollywood actor and director. She derives her sense of style from her interior designer mother, Zarine Khan, and studied at the Gemological Institute of America. Bollywood and international celebrities like Kareena Kapoor, Serena Williams, Selena Gomez, and Beyoncé have all worn her pieces.

She adores working with sculpted gemstones, drawing out their unique charms. For instance, her Swan’s Embrace ring is is crafted in 18 karat yellow gold and covered in South Sea pearls, sapphires, diamonds and rubies.

SUHANI PITTIE

Suhani Pittie was born in Calcutta, studied at the Gemological Institute of America, and launched her own label in 2004. Her pieces have been showcased in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue among other publications, and she’s renowned for her inventive ingenuity.

Pittie’s sun and rays earrings, made of gilded copper with emeralds and faux pearls, show off her eclectic yet glamorous sense of style. These are also ideal for Diwali gifting, as they come with a black velvet pouch in a box. The earrings would pair well with her gold-toned knot chain maangtika, which has a crystal and emerald medallion.

PALLAVI FOLEY

Dubbed the “Elsa Peretti of India” by the World Gold Council, Pallavi Foley is known for her avant-garde designs. According to Forbes, she strives to “modernize traditional Indian themes”; her designs include geometric pieces as well as those containing spiritual messages.

Her impeccably handcrafted Indian Rose

finger ring (above) consists of an uncut diamond and a ruby, set parallel to each other. This ring is also decorated with minakari (enamel) work with lines of tourmaline. If you’re searching for something simpler, check out her Wild Flower ear stud, done in 18 karat yellow gold.