With admirers from royalty like the Queen of Bhutan and Maharanis of the Jaipur Royal family, Amrapali’s reputation in the jewellery business is renowned. The company’s collection at the India International Jewellery Week 2012 was a masterful study into ancient craftsmanship and design for jewellery that women adore.
Opening with two trios of models – the first threesome wore a collection of ethnic origami, amber, geometric necklaces and spiked armlets, silver beaded chokers, thick kadas and dangling cummerbands with tassels. The second trio entered with tribal collars, circular plates for cuffs, waist length Raani Haars and dome shaped rings. Particularly amazing were the gold corsets and bustiers worn by the models that presented a very Grecian look to the entries.
The ‘Panna Collection’ was a feast of emeralds in all shapes and sizes with rubies, Polkis and Kundans giving a perfect balance. The three strands of simple Pannas, the exotic nose rings, the magical bajubands, the flowing necklace with Kundan and oval emerald, the waist length strands of the green gems were gorgeous.
The giant pearl chain with a stylish pendant with pearl drops, the cabochon choker and long neckpiece proved how creatively the gems could be brought together to form amazing ornaments of intricate beauty.
Stopping the fantastic show by Amrapali were Bollywood stars Abhay Deol and Nargis Fakhri. The very dashing Abhay wearing a stately black Jodhpur jacket, sported a giant paisley Maharaja brooch cum armlet ornament with a carved large emerald and three Panna chains. The beautiful Nargis dazzled on the ramp in a multi strand Polki and emerald necklace, cuff, bangles and earrings.
The gorgeous drapes created for the models were by top designer Raakesh Agarwal and Abhay Deol’s outfit was by Aza Men. Footwear for the showstoppers was by Steve Madden and for the models, by Tresmode.
When it comes to intricate traditional jewellery, Amrapali’s ‘Panna Collection’ was a sensational line that will surely turn into heirlooms over the years.