Experts Share Tips on wearing Sally Agarwal Fine Jewellery
“I am inspired by clothes and accessories with a textural quality. And the wonderful thing about Sally Agarwal Fine Jewellery is the tactile nature of uncut Polki diamonds. So to me, Sally’s Core collection jewels – such as a pair of Stud Earrings or the Choker – are the prefect adornment to heighten the glamour of a casual chic ensemble which mixes textures – such as denim – either skinny jeans or flares – a chiffon blouse and a pair of suede Manolos.
Francesca Barrow is the C.E.O. of Façonner, a company which specializes in creative direction for fashion and luxury design curation.
No two Polki stones are alike – and this singular quality evokes the spirit of individuality currently defining the red carpet. So statement pieces from Sally’s Couture line, such as Floral Stud Chandelier Earrings, the twinkling Tri Colour Necklace, as well as key Core pieces such as a choker – are great pieces for eveningwear, be it an of-the-moment look like a tuxedo or a diaphanous gown.
Bronwyn Cosgrave is the author of Made For Each Other, Fashion and the Academy Awards and a contributing editor to Vogue India.
I am always so fascinated by jewellery and diamonds in particular. I truly believe diamonds are a woman’s best friend. I also love working with classic pieces when I am styling. To me, classics are rooted in tradition and craftsmanship. These are key elements for which many great Indian designers – like Sally herself – are renowned. This is why I am struck by the Pyramid Cocktail Ring from Sally’s Couture collection. The design is masterly and the workmanship is intricate. This piece epitomizes the meaning of a statement jewel and I would pair it with a burgundy saree by Tarun Tahiliani. His signature is similar to Sally’s approach in that it combines a traditional aesthetic with a modern edge.
Fabio Immediato is senior fashion stylist at Vogue India.
Sally Agarwal Fine Jewellery appears in the TK issue of TK. The story is styled by Francesca Barrow. “Because the shimmer of Sally’s polki diamond jewels prompted me to think of the moon, I tried to impart the images with a colour-scheme inspired by a starry night sky,” explains Francesca
Captivated by the distinctive beauty of raw, uncut Indian diamonds, Sally Agarwal has made these beguiling stones the central adornment of her eponymous fine jewellery line. Polki diamonds, as these precious stones are known, have been prized in Rajasthan and Gujarat since the Mughal Empire and traditionally featured as the focal point of ornate ceremonial jewels. Traveling to Mumbai to investigate her Indian ancestry, Sally discovered the rare quality of polki diamonds with the help of her extended family, which includes world-class diamantaires.
Compared to the sharp brilliance and defined shape of chiselled diamonds, a subtle, almost mysterious shimmer and distinctiveness imbue polki diamonds. “Because they are uncut and, raw, each one is different and therefor dictates its own individual setting,” explains Sally.
Working with key members of her family, Sally forged relationships with the finest dealers of Polki diamonds and also gained access to a reputed Mumbai workshop. Her line is conceived there by master craftsmen according to her own designs. “My approach is simplicity,” she says of the minimalist spirt of contemporary refinement defining her work. “My jewels showcase the pure beauty of polki diamonds.”
The Sally Agarwal Core Collection is composed of luxuriant staples including Stud Earrings as well as undulating strand necklaces and sensual bracelets. The stones are bezel-mounted and set in 18-carat yellow gold. Sally Agarwal Couture Jewels feature dazzling cocktail rings and chandelier earrings contrasting polki with cut diamonds as well as coloured gemstones and South Sea pearls.