Ananya Malhotra On Her Latest Jewellery Collection And The Future Of Gemstones
Tell us about your latest collection, Scatter.
I’ve used diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other coloured gemstones to bring the concept of metaphysical energy and movement to life. I've positioned these stones so that they epitomise the flow of energy from the ground up.
What was important to you when designing this collection?
I was keen for Scatter to be versatile, so that it outlasted changing trends. Many of the pieces can be dressed up or down.
Who wears your jewellery?
Women who are in touch with themselves and who are comfortable with who they are. They exude confidence and aren’t afraid to try something new.
What’s your first memory of jewellery?
When I was little I had my ears pierced, which is considered an important ceremony in India. My grandmother bought me some beautiful earrings for the occasion.
Tell us about the first jewellery piece you designed.
It was inspired by an Indian wedding ceremony called the “Chuda”. Bangles are dipped in milk and roses to symbolise love and purity and this, somehow, always stayed with me. I went on to design brass bangles that, through their form, felt as though they had been dipped in milk. I set them with white gemstones including moonstones, opals, pearls and diamonds.
What jewellery trends do you predict over the coming months?
I believe there will be more demand for versatile and everyday jewellery. This was, in part, my inspiration for Scatter. Many of this collection’s earrings can be worn as studs or hoops, and can be added with ear jackets.
I also believe that the bridal space will continue to evolve. For as long as I can remember, round brilliant-cut solitaire diamonds have been the classic choice for engagement and wedding rings. However, I believe there has been a transition from this classic round cut; brides are opting for bolder choices and other shapes. Pear- and oval-cut diamonds and emeralds are becoming increasingly desirable. Today’s brides love their pieces to tell a story.
How have you spent the last year?
Lockdown has taught me to slow down and enjoy quality time with my family. I’ve been attending lots of Pilates and chakra-healing yoga classes with my mum. These are moments that I'll always treasure.
Yellow or white gold?
Sapphires or emeralds?
Emeralds. They bring me luck.
If you could design jewellery for anyone, who would it be?
Maharani Gayatri Devi, who was one of the most modern and independent Maharanis of India. I really admire her style and boldness. A sociopolitical and fashion icon, she was a true change maker.
If you weren't a jeweller, what would you be?
A naturopath. I have always loved holistic medicine and biology. It is a true passion of mine.
Where will you travel to next?
The UK and South America.
What music have you been listening to?
I have a very eclectic taste in music. I listen to classical and I move to deep house.
What show are you bingeing?
Bridgerton. The jewellery is just exceptional.