Suhani Pittie: Sister to fashion designer Anamika Khanna, Pittie has been making her name in jewellery with successful runway shows since 2005. Inspired by various urban spaces, Pittie enjoys giving everyday metals like copper and steel a new edge with surface treatments like bidri, the art of inlaying silver on black metal.
Most alternative piece: The copper Bidri bow necklace, where the “very English bow gets a very Indian twang because of the bidri detailing,” says Pittie.
Eina Ahluwalia: Concept jewellery designer Eina Ahluwalia’s creations are much more than meets the eye. Dealing with strong social documentary, her previous collections have referenced sensitive social issues such as domestic violence.
Most alternative piece: The Kirpan neckpiece, part of her jewellery against domestic violence collection. The necklace has a sword hidden into an ornate crescent shaped wedding neckpiece, “which can be opened up into a knife to protect oneself,” Ahluwalia says.
Valliyan by Nitya Arora: Mixing eclectic elements like semi-precious stones with Irish mosaic, jewellery designer Nitya Arora has been retailing at hip fashion concept store Bombay Electric for three years now, but really came on the mainstream radar when Sonam Kapoor was spotted in a marshmallow Valliyan necklace.
Most alternative piece: The Robo tribe necklace made of mother-of-pearl, porcelain and Irish mosaic with enamel, inspired by an Aztec totem which Arora believes “represents culture in modern times.”
Shivan & Narresh: Resort wear experts, designers Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukureja started producing statement necklaces to complete their runway ensembles. And soon they became know for architectural elegance when it comes to accessories.
Most alternative piece: The chain collar with multi-colour lacquered bone mounted on wood with metal trims and crystallized Swarovski Elements. “We wanted to explore this unique bone-mounting technique for jewellery.” It worked.