Deepa and Jay Lakhani are the duo behind 8-year-old jewelry label – Deepa Gurnani. They were kind enough to invite me on a visit to their showroom and studio. Both hail from traditional design backgrounds. Deepa (originally from Mumbai) studied at Central Saint Martins and worked for design greats like Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Ungaro. Jay also went to design school at FIT and trained with Fine Jewelry greats from Tiffany and Bvlgari. They both had an early understanding of the quality standards expected to succeed in this business.
Nitya Arora is the designer behind contemporary label Valliyan by Nitya Arora. Her take on jewelry is very unconventional with a focus on creating one-of-a-kind art. The fact that whenever I wear her pieces, people ask me where the jewelry is from, shows the universal appeal to her designs. Plated in gold, she uses a wide variety of materials to experiment with. I love her interpretation of the more traditional pieces by making them wearable in my everyday wardrobe. Statement jewelry is such an easy way to update your wardrobe and with Valliyan, you have plenty of options to choose