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Simply Farah: in conversation with India’s leading jewellery designer

Jewellery designer Farah Khan’s creations are inspired by nature.

Jewellery designer Farah Khan's creations are inspired by nature. Shilpi Madan finds out why

Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali’s pieces are gone once they hit the stores. Here’s why…

She is known as the Emerald Queen, for her stunning renditions in the green gem. Her collection retails at snob points beyond Indian shores. And, each one is a sell out the moment it hits the market. Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali’s creations are Bollywood’s toast to stellar sparkle and flamboyance that floors….

You are conquering new grounds with élan. Your snake cuff design for Swarovski, from your latest nature-inspired jewellery collection, has won rave reviews internationally. Do share the details with us.

Well, I recently did get an enquiry from Monte Carlo to brand and retail my jewellery there after someone chanced upon the snake cuff in the Swarovski stall in Basel. The Snake cuff is very unique as it reminds one of a snake coiled atop a tree and is constructed like one piece without a visible hinge as such though it can be opened. I used rainforest topaz and blue sapphires along with coffee rose-cut diamonds in place of the eyes. There were approximately 3000 stones and it took four months to construct. Yet it is unbelievably light.

You’ve created flamboyant designs for Bollywood stars Tell us about the butterfly ring Kangana Ranaut wore at IIFA in Macau?

Yes, it did grab eyeballs. It was a one-off piece I actually experimented with in my collection. The inspiration was nature in full bloom. The way a butterfly perches itself on a flower flaunting its myriad colours. The pieces’ uniqueness lies in the movable wings. The flower is set in pink sapphires and rubies accented by diamonds; the butterfly is in yellow sapphires and white diamonds. This ring took three months to make; to achieve the perfect balance in proportion to the height, so that its sat comfortably without turning.

If you were to describe your designs…

I would say that they are timeless, and some are fun. They reflect your moods, and can be worn always, for all occasions. Each piece is crafted with a lot of love and hard work.

Shilpi Madan for The Hindu
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