They came, they spoke, they sparkled. The inaugural Vogue India x Natural Diamond Council’s Diamond Festival was a unique first-of-its-kind event that featured some of the world’s foremost experts, who voiced their perspectives on the magic and power of the diamond.
Embracing a new era of luxury and inclusivity with the sheer magic of natural diamonds, the festival saw interesting conversations around everyday diamond essentials, modern heirlooms, gender-fluid jewellery, and the best way to style diamonds—something for everyone.
The expert panellists brought their viewpoint to important conversations that the diamond and jewellery industry have all been having. For instance, what constitutes a modern heirloom? What is a sneak peek into the history of royal jewellery like? The reason behind the rise of gender-fluid jewellery. Millennials and their love for minimalistic diamonds. How to style T-shirt and diamonds, and much more.
Jewellery expert Katerina Perez and long-time editor Nonita Kalra highlighted the best of diamond trends to look forward to. From shoulder dusters to the statement cuff, they shared their predictions on future diamond trends.
From Milan, Bulgari’s creative director for jewellery, Lucia Silvestri and Nonita Kalra spoke about the modern heirlooms. Designer Valérie Messika shared her strong female influences; actor Kiara Advani, fresh off the success of her movie SherShaah, discussed Bollywood’s love for jewellery; and closing the show, from his wood-panelled study in Kolkata, designer-of-the-moment Sabyasachi Mukherjee talked about the versatility of diamonds. Actor Aditi Rao Hydari poetically reminisced about playing dress up with her cousins, with unlimited access to her grandmother’s jewellery box, a relationship that has led to a deep love and appreciation for natural diamonds and heirloom jewellery. Fashion stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania joined in for a live session on styling diamonds with a simple tee, followed by a session on the growing popularity of purchasing diamonds online by Mithun Sacheti, CEO, Caratlane, and fashion entrepreneurs and influencers Pernia Qureshi and Amrita Thakur. Influencer Masoom Minawala’s relationship with diamonds is incredibly personal. Hailing from a jeweller family, she discussed what makes it to her treasure chest and why. And who can forget the key role engagement rings play in increasing the growing allure of natural diamonds, as American designer Stephanie Gottlieb conversed with stylist Archana Walavalkar on how to select and stack the perfect engagement ring
Some excerpts from the sessions
“The first piece of jewellery I bought for myself was a pair of solitaires, but I thought the beauty of it would be in gifting them to my mum. After that, whatever I’ve bought has been customised— very wearable, everyday stuff.” Kiara Advani, Actor
“The modern heirloom can be worn in a cool and casual way, while at the same time being sophisticated. For me, it’s most important that a diamond helps you feel feminine and secure about yourself.” Valérie Messika, Artistic Director, Messika Jewellery
“Jewellery was and is meant to imply power and prestige, and important pieces were picked up by important members of royal families. There has always been the desire to own important stones.” H.H. Maharani Radhikaraje Gaekwad Of Baroda
“The younger generation has oodles of confidence and I want to create jewellery that is a homage to that confidence.” Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Designer, Fine Jewellery & Couture
“My education on jewellery comes from the pieces my family adorned so, my designs weave together the past and the present. The common link between men and women buyers is the emotional value of diamonds which I think is powerful and endearing.” Hanut Singh, Jewellery Designer
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