Indian jewellery designer captivates with fusion of East and West
While fashion giants in the West channel Oriental influences and hold huge shows in Eastern cities, veteran Indian jeweller Romy Mehta has been creating contemporary designs fused with a distinctly Indian style.
Mehta (right), president of Mumbai-based jewellery house Bapalal Keshavlal, hosted a trunk show at the Conrad hotel in Admiralty on Tuesday, before heading off to the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opening tomorrow at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
On display at the trunk show was jewellery featuring diamonds and other precious stones, all from India. It all went down very well with local tai tais.
'We have bigger sales volume outside India,' Mehta said. 'If we stuck to very traditional Indian jewellery design, it probably wouldn't sell so well elsewhere in the world.'
This year, he brought along a new collection dubbed Auratam, which employs laser engraving, a technique more often seen in watchmaking.
Charged with carrying on a family business created by his father in 1939, Mehta said he enjoyed living the jeweller's life.
Asked if he planned to continue creating jewellery, Mehta quipped: 'Nothing is forever.' True perhaps, except for diamonds.