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| Updated on August 18, 2011 Published on August 18, 2011

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The rising gold prices notwithstanding, it was a celebration of jewellery crafting and styling at the second season of Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council's (GJEPC) India International Jewellery Week (IIJW). A relief from the umpteen fashion shows doing the rounds, the focus here was more on the stunning jewelled accessories from 32 of India's best design houses and designers, rather than eye-ball grabbing ensembles and Bollywood showstoppers.

The show kick-started with the Gitanjali Group's unveiling of its new brands and collections, which had something for all women and all occasions. Tanishq showcased its Jewels of Falaknuma collection that was inspired from the regal Nizams of Hyderabad while Amrapali featured three collections – silver, Art Deco and gold with jadau work.

C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons displayed exquisite bridal as well as elegant cocktail jewellery whereas Anmol Jewellers set the mood with Manish Malhotra's flowing lehengas and anarkalis, live classical music and classic Indian jewellery.

Other brands and designers who participated in IIJW included Alpana Gujral, Kays Jewels, Gehna Jewellers, Surana Gems & Jewellery, Golecha's Jewels, Kashi Jewellers and others.

The highlight of the event was Paris-based designer Boucheron's ‘The Queen of the Night' collection that wrapped around Sonam Kapoor's neck during her last walk at the grand finale. A gorgeous neckpiece that resembled floral branches crafted in rubies, diamonds and sapphires, it was a fitting end to the jewellery extravaganza.

Published on August 18, 2011
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