Conjuring images of centuries-old Indian paintings—depicting goddesses dripping in jewels with azure peacocks at their feet—this Amrapali gold, silver, and diamond bracelet harnesses history and opulence in equal measure. Its design was inspired by the symmetry and high ornamentation of Mughal architecture, which flourished in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in India and nearby countries. Of course the Jaipur-based jeweler, known for its modern interpretations of iconic Indian designs, is “always creating pieces inspired by Indian art and culture,” says CEO Tarang Arora. The company has made several versions of this bodacious bangle, including one covered entirely in diamonds. Which, considering its stunning complexity, feels a little like gilding the lily.
In Indian culture, peacocks symbolize beauty. You often see the vibrant birds prancing about in gardens in Mughal paintings. This pretty pair, wrought in sterling silver, is covered in 7.50 cts. t.w. rose-cut and full-cut diamonds. “We used silver instead of white gold,” Arora says, “because silver gives off an old, antique look when it oxidizes.”
Heart of Gold
Gold is considered to be highly auspicious in India, which is why brides are traditionally festooned in the precious metal. Both 18k and 22k gold were used in this piece to represent “starting a new phase in the beautiful journey of life,” says Arora.
Over the course of three months, the jewel was handmade by a single artisan, who accomplished everything from the fashioning of each tiny decorative element to the flawless soldering of each piece onto the bracelet (retail: $50,157). “We always have one person create masterpieces,” notes Arora.
The bracelet was recently on view at Harrods in London, but retailers will get an eyeful of the extraordinary piece at this month’s JCK LUXURY show, where it will be perched in Amrapali’s booth.