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Jewellery should be timeless,says designer and diamantaire Nirav Modi who will showcase his collection in Chandigarh for the first time.

Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy |
November 28, 2013 5:18:46 am

If a bouquet of roses can woo a woman,imagine the appreciation a floral bunch of diamonds would garner. While Valentine’s Day is the time to be talking of roses,diamonds and extravagant display of affection,the thoughts were instantaneous as we caught the first glimpse of the “Fluire” collection by jewellery designer Nirav Modi. Comprising asymmetrical floral clusters,crafted with faceted rose-cut diamonds and briolettes,all held together in a lustrous three-dimensional setting,using minimum metal,the collection is no less than a work of art. Nature is also the inspiration behind the collection titled “Orchestra”,which combines an intricately wound wire frame,entirely crafted in gold,that holds an array of elegant flower blossoms set with faceted rose-cut petals.

These are just some of the iconic designs that would be a part of the jewellery designer’s first trunk show in the city,set to roll out at Taj Chandigarh on November 29. “Women in Chandigarh are well-versed with luxury and recognise quality. Many families here have expressed interest in our jewels and which is why we decided to exhibit here,” says Modi,whose foray into diamond jewellery design (he’s a third generation diamantaire) landed him on the cover of Christie’s annual Hong Kong auction catalogue in 2010. The auction featured his Golconda Lotus necklace which fetched a whopping $3 million (Rs 16.29 crore). At last year’s Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong,his Riviere of Perfection — a necklace with 36 flawless white diamonds together weighing 88.88 carats — was sold for $5.1 million (Rs 27 crore).

Despite the whopping numbers,the designer believes,“a jewel doesn’t have to be of tens of crores in value to be a masterpiece”. “I would hope that every jewel from Nirav Modi is a masterpiece,whether its for Rs 10 lacs or Rs 10 crores,” says the designer,who started out in the family’s diamond business when he was all of 19. Having enjoyed success on the world stage,he is now looking to address the home market. So are Tier II cities such as Chandigarh on his radar? “I don’t think of cities as Tier I or Tier II. I am looking at expanding into cities where fine jewellery is appreciated,” says Modi,who is also looking to open his flagship store in Delhi soon.

While his recent collections are an ode to nature,Modi says he essentially designs keeping the lady in mind. “The way she moves,what is most comfortable for her,where is she going to be wearing the jewels,what complements her style is what I keep in mind. For me,one of the most upsetting thoughts would be that jewels are locked up in a vault,” says Modi,who firmly believes that fine jewellery is timeless and must be passed from one generation to the other. For someone who is immersed in jewellery design and has to his credit opulent creations,his most precious is the one he wears himself. “I wear cufflinks that have my daughters’ handprints,and my wedding band that is very special to me,” says the designer.

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