The World Land Trust and ethical colored gemstones mining company, Gemfields, together with Jaguar Land Rover and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA India), have collaborated with ten of India’s top jewellery designers to create a unique ‘pop up’ collection of bespoke Zambian emerald jewellery. Following the success of ‘Emeralds for Elephants’ in London in the summer of 2010, the aim of this collection is to create awareness and raise crucial funds for the conservation initiatives of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) for the Asian Elephant in India.
Ten of India’s leading jewllery designers have been roped in to create a unique ‘pop up’ collection of bespoke Zambian emerald jewellery. The creations, inspired by the elephants themselves and the corridors that are home to an abundant biodiversity of flora and fauna, are crafted by jewellers- Abaran Jewellers (Bangalore), Anmol Jewellers (Mumbai), Gem Palace (Jaipur), Khanna Jewellers (New Delhi), Meena Jewellers(Hyderabad), Narayan Jewellers (Baroda), Nirav Modi (Mumbai), Sawansukha Jewellers (Kolkata), Talwarsons Jewellers (Chandigarh) and Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers (Chennai).
The collection be toured across the boutiques of the designing jewellery houses, from August to October 2011, and will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on 14 October at the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai. A percentage of the profits from each jewel will go towards the World Land Trust’s ‘Indian Elephant Corridor’ project. The highlight of these jewel pieces is a Ganesha sculpture with a 638 carat Gemfields Zambian emerald created by renowned artist, Arzan Khambatta.
Madhuri Dixit at “Emeralds for Elephants” press conference
Sculpture by Arzan Khambatta
Brooch by Nirav Modi