Indian Jeweler Nirav Modi to debut at the Biennale des Antiquaires
Many of the jewelry houses that participated in the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires are not returning this year, but the Paris fair will still offer plenty of sparkle by opening its doors to new jewelers, like Cindy Chao (read story here) and Nirav Modi. Born into a family of diamond wholesaler, Nirav Modi only established his eponymous brand in 2010, but it has quickly grown with boutiques in Delhi, Mumbai, and New York, plus three boutique in Hong Kong.
The jeweler is known for his innovate cutting technique, having created four unique diamond cuts (Jasmine, Endless, Ainra, and Mughal), as well as his Embrace collection of rings and bangles made of gold that stretch to fit any finger or wrist size.
He will unveil three unique pieces at the Biennale, including the “Emerald Maharani Necklace,” a three-strand necklace of graduated emerald beads (873 carats) complemented by oval and pear jasmine cut diamonds (146 carats) all of which brings to mind the splendor of the Maharajas.
The other pieces, “Ainra Waterfall Earrings” and “Fancy Colored Ainra Bracelet,” will showcase the Ainra cut where two curved diamonds are cut and set to create an all-diamond link.
Inspired by the fluidity in a waterfall, the earrings sport diamonds cascading down from a cluster of pear and marquise diamonds, while the bracelet mixes fancy champagne pink marquise diamonds and brilliant cut white diamonds.
Modi’s participation in the Biennale will help raise the jeweler’s profile amongst European collectors, and provides a timely launch for his latest boutique, the first in Europe, which is set to open on Old Bond Street in London this September.