Past is a Present

It was hard to imagine it was the same space that normally sees high powered board meetings. Stepping inside the Capitol room at the Taj Chandigarh earlier this week was a new visual experience. While floral bouquets dressed up corners, custom-made cupboards that looked more like mini show windows housing colourful, precious jewellery were elegantly placed all around the room. It was a special showcase of "Mirari" a designer jewellery label by Mira Gulati that is known for its exquisite styles that embraces India's rich design heritage, including extravagant concepts from the Raj and Mughal eras, but with an international aesthetic.

Having trained in the US as a jewellery designer and gemologist, Gulati's style of jewellery reflects a good balance of East and West sensibilities. For instance, the set of emerald, ruby and diamond bangles that might look like a contemporary piece, was actually inspired by the traditional Indian wedding ornament – the chooda. The peacock, yet another signature theme of Gulati's, appears in all its glory in the form of earrings with diamonds and the neck embellished with coloured briolettes in a smorgasbord of hues. There seems to be a conscious attempt by the designer to appeal to the new age Indian woman with her designs. Gulati agrees. "The modern Indian woman is defining her own life by blending traditional values with modern trysts and her style of jewellery should reflect that," says the designer whose contemporary style comprises bold cuts with asymmetrical designs. Her first trunk show in Chandigarh is something the Delhi-based designer was personally keen on. "We have impressive patrons from Chandigarh and the city has always shown a higher growth trajectory," remarked the designer.

Showcasing her new collection that combines heritage styles with innovative designs, Gulati says she would like jewellery to be timeless possessions. "The new collection comprising polki diamonds is distinct and connotes a saga that deserves to become regal heirlooms. These handcrafted jewels are a way to preserving our heirloom treasures," explains the designer for whom nature is a constant source of inspiration. "The angel ring earrings are my favourite jewellery. Being my earliest creations, they are very special to me. It was created when I started designing jewellery. It is my lucky charm and is a part of every identity of Mirari — logo and brand symbol ," she says with a smile.

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