The only Indian jewellery designer


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For jewellery designer Raj Mahtani, finding a common ground between traditional Indian bijoux and modern-day fashion comes easily. In the past, Mahtani has tied up with not just Indian couturiers like Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and Anamika Khanna but also with international heavyweights like Diane von Furstenberg, Roberto Cavalli and Indonesian designer, Biyan.

And that’s not the most impressive points of his repertoire. Mahtani’s ancestral roots go back to one of the first families of Indian fine jewellery Satramdas Dhalamal, jewellers since 1880 and pioneers of wearable jewellery. Mahtani has also participated in close to 75 bridal shows, making him one of the most-in-demand jewelers in the Indian industry. Behind all of this is no degree. The self-taught entrepreneur started his business early on and without any guidance. “My father passed away when I was very young,” he says, “And I had to learn to be my own mentor.”

If that’s not awe-inspiring enough, Mahtani shares details on a masterpiece, which he describes as the ‘statement-necklace-on-steroids.’ It consists of 145 large diamonds (each weighing up to 10 to 15 carats), cabochon emeralds, rubies and Basra pearls and took over 2.5 years to complete. “We’ve revived an antique Mughal-style of enamelling for this piece,” says Mahtani, “Which is so detailed and minute that by the end of it, most of the karigars complain of loss of eyesight.” But before you get ready to pull out your cheque book, this piece is not for sale yet. Mahtani intends to create another seven to 10 similar pieces that will form a capsule collection and will eventually be auctioned off.Read more at: |

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