One of the few jewellers who has successfully made the transition from an erstwhile name to house of modernity, Raj Mahtani’s label has more than two centuries of cred in the industry. Originally established in the 1880s as Satramdas Dhalamal, the jewellery house has ushered in a new way of global, exemplary styling of couture jewellery while simultaneously sticking to its native Rajasthani origins.
Bollywood’s It girl Kiara Advani recently decked herself up in Mahtani’s couture jewellery(Mumbai) for a shoot and Mahtani curated an array of polki diamond sets and exotic gems for her look. Let’s take a deep dive:
The attention to detail
Kiara’s pre-wedding soiree look in couture jeweller is the perfect fit for the new-age fashionista. She sports an art deco-influenced oversized antique medallion boasting coloured stones like emerald plates and rubies. Mahtani masterfully pairs these maximalist pieces with modern rubellite hoops to tone down the exaggerated vibe.
The new polki
Mahtani is, of course, known for the stunning modern spin he puts on age-old polki design techniques. To fit the bridal memo, he styles Kiara in a neck-enveloping polki necklace with a paneled silhouette featuring a string of flawless emeralds, table-cut diamonds, dangling pear-shaped polki and sea pearls. The different elements in the piece have been curated to enhance each other. The necklace is significantly modernist in its silhouette and is the ultimate pathbreaking statement bridal number.
If you’re on a quest to find some internationally-influenced bling for your big day, but don’t want to give up on the desi design ethos, this fantastic structured couture jewellery number is great. Featuring large cut emeralds and pearls interspersed with uncut diamonds, the clingy has a dimensional aspect to it, so it’s very layerable.
If you don’t want something too experimental, Mahtani’s couture jewellery goes beyond polki too. This droopy ruby and diamond necklace, for instance, has traditional influences in its embellishment, quite unlike most stone jewellery numbers we find in the bridal memo; it’s quite elaborate so you can easily make it your post-wedding number, especially if you’re sticking to a pastel lehenga.
Mahtani’s couture jewellery often makes use of some adventurous coloured stones; this fantastic vintage-inspired spinel chandbali is a great pick because it’s intricately crafted and the interplay of the coloured stones make it the ideal summer wedding piece. The oversized emerald and rubellite ring on Kiara’s finger is classic Mahtani with its flamboyance and detailing.