Vault Peeping: 15 Exquisite Earrings by Hanut Singh



One of the reverberating impacts of this summer’s much-hyped Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence sale at Christie’s may well be that it exposed some jewelry collectors to the unique characteristics and allure of high Indian jewelry for the first time. As if on cue, soon after the sale ended, Moda Operandi launched special trunk shows with a handful of contemporary fine jewelry designers who offer modern interpretations of the Mughal aesthetic, including the New Delhi–based jeweler Hanut Singh.

But Singh’s personal connection to jewels of this period runs deep—in his blood, in fact. Singh is a descendant of India’s Kapurthala royal family, who regularly commissioned pieces from Cartier and Boucheron. His great-grandparents’ and grandparents’ legendary treasures are part of what inspired him to become a jewelry designer.

“I am obsessed by the Mughal period—have always been,” Singh says. “Their Indo-Persian influences in architecture have always been something I visit with my work—the scale, the precision, the beauty of the domes and arches, the pietra dura work. When the two courts met and there emerged this wonderful confluence of Islamic/Indian design…in every aspect of life and living, it was tremendous, and very, very inspiring.”

With the first day of Diwali, India’s festival of lights, happening on Thursday, the timing seemed right to showcase some of Singh’s recent work. Luminous earrings, each more intricate and colorful than the next, are utterly enchanting with their displays of vibrant gemstones; icy, gloriously faceted rock crystal; pearls; diamonds; and enamel amid faint whisperings of Art Deco glamour and the designer’s grandparents’ Café Society adventures.

Is Diwali, like the yuletide season here, a time to pile on the glitter?

“Jewels are worn at all times in India, and especially at major festivals they are amped up,” says Singh.

Not that the beauties below should be reserved strictly for special occasions, but certainly they take the idea of “festive dressing” to a whole new level of opulent chic.

Hanut Singh Carved Leaves earrings
Carved Leaves earrings with hydra, enamel, and diamonds in 18k gold, $9,000
Hanut Singh Deco multi sapphire and diamond ribbon earrings earrings
Ribbon earrings with sapphires and diamonds in 18k gold, $8,800
Hanut Singh Windowframe earrings
Window Frame earrings with green onyx, blue topaz, and diamonds in 18k gold, $6,800
Hanut Singh multi pave earrings
Revivalist earrings with sapphires, rubies, and diamonds in 18k gold, price on request
Hanut SIngh Talismanic Dagger earrings
Talismanic Dagger earrings with diamond baguettes in 18k gold, price on request
Hanut Singh Circle of Life earrings
Circle of Life earrings with pink hydra, pearls, rubies, and diamonds in 18k gold, price on request
Hanut SIngh Rock Crystal Spike earrings
Spike earrings with rock crystal, rubies, enamel, and diamonds in 18k gold, price on request
Hanut Singh shaded quartz earrings
Jeweled Pagoda earrings with shaded quartz, diamonds, and enamel in 18k gold, price on request
Hanut SIngh Pyramid earrings
Pyramid earrings with green onyx, rubies, pearls, diamonds, and black diamond beads in 18k gold, $8,800
Hanut SIngh Deco Ice Pick earrings
Deco Ice Pick earrings with white topaz, emeralds, and diamonds in 18k gold, $9,000
Hanut Singh Rock Crystal Heart earrings
Triple Heart earrings in rock crystal, enamel, rubies, and diamonds in 18k gold, $8,000
Hanut Singh mic drop earrings
Mic Drop earrings with rubies, pink sapphires, and diamonds in 18k gold, $10,000
Hanut SIngh Mega Watt earrings
Mega Watt earrings with rock crystal, rubies, and diamonds in 18k gold, price on request
Hanut Singh Double Discettes earrings
Double Discette earrings in mother-of-pearl, rubies, and diamonds in 18k gold, price on request

 

 

Top: Groove Is in the Heart earrings with chrysoprase, Japanese blush pearls, harlequin enamel, rubies, and diamonds in 18k gold, price on request

 

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