Intricate pearl craftsmanship is top trend in Indian designs
By David Brough
MUMBAI, February 14, 2019 – Intricate pearl craftsmanship has emerged as a hot trend in the latest designs from India.
On a tour of leading designers based in Mumbai this week, several showed off extraordinary handcrafted pearl jewellery pieces, such as a pendant by Jewels by Moksh featuring handwoven Japanese Keshi pearls.
Pendant by Jewels by Moksh featuring handwoven Japanese Keshi pearls
A pair of earrings by Jewels by Moksh featured Japanese peach-coloured pearls and spinels, set in rose gold.
Earrings by Jewels by Moksh featuring Japanese peach-coloured pearls.
At his home, celebrated award-winning designer Anand Shah showed off an ornate enamelled necklace in 22-carat gold containing intricately-crafted Chinese freshwater pearls, pink tourmalines and uncut diamonds, handcrafted in Mumbai.
Necklace by designer Anand Shah containing intricately-crafted Chinese freshwater pearls.
Shah specialises in natured-inspired designs crafted in 22-carat yellow gold, and is known for incorporating peacocks, the national bird of India, in some of his more elaborate pieces.
He does not tend to work in diamonds, but loves coloured gemstones, such as tanzanite and tourmalines.
The tour of Mumbai designers coincided with the Signature edition of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), where pearls were widely on show, such as in sari belts at the stand of Precious Gems & Jewellery.
Pearl-encrusted sari belts by Precious Gems & Jewellery.