We looked for the best cutting-edge jewellery labels making wearable pieces of art. Their ornaments include a variety of elements like rocks and stones, pearls, enamel, rhinestones and valuable finds from scrap yards. Some are unisex, while others have separate collections for men and kids.
Delhi -based French designer Olivia Dar started her jewellery label 10 years ago, catering to clients in the US, Europe and India. Her collection is quirky, fun and bright, evoking the culture of India, and includes shiny beads and designs of birds. Her work is mainly inspired by older Indian artisans. Besides jewellery that includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches, she also sells bags, sandals and upcycled jackets. She is now also offering a bridal collection.
To Buy: www.oliviadar.com
Started in December 2020, Equiivalence, founded by Ahmedabad-based accessory designer Avni Shah, draws inspiration from art and nature. The core thought behind it is conscious consumption. Her chic, minimalist pieces resonate with young, modern women. She ensures that her jewellery is affordable for college girls. All her products are made from scrap metal and recycled brass. Mokuzai, her most unique collection, is inspired by the scribbles on the barks of a eucalyptus tree.
To Buy: www.equiivalence.com
Founded by sisters Nikita and Namita Bhadari in 2014, Jaipur-based accessory label Azga draws inspiration from architectural buildings, flora and fauna, incorporating designs of flowers, jungles, plants and animals. With expertise in enamel, they transform artisanal pieces of work into wearable accessories, providing thus a way to treasure them as art. Some of their jewellery can function as unisex pieces and they offer complete customisation. Azga also works with traditional Rajasthani miniature artists who make hand-painted bangles for them.
To Buy: www.azga.in
As a photographer, Gaury Pathare would travel and pick up stones. Later when she started her jewellery label Wandering Whites in 2014, she decided to incorporate these stones into her pieces. She upcycles brass and copper wires and her pieces are a mix of two or more things that she finds in scrap yards and junkyards. Each necklace and piece that she makes has a unique story behind it.
To Buy: @wandering_whites, Instagram
Olio was founded by two friends Aashna Singh and Sneha Saksena in November 2015. Their designs are a confluence of modern, ancient and contemporary influences. Their goal is to design modern heirlooms that tell lost stories of South Asian history. They have a variety of collections such as Rani, Sukoon, Jungle, Noor and Devi.
To Buy: theoliostories.comInternet Explorer Channel Network