Of course a diamond is a girl’s best friend. But what if, on top of everything, a diamond comes with a great story and a legacy? The Tolkowskys, the family which cut the Centenary Diamond—the largest modern cut diamond in the world—have come to India in a venture with the Bangalore-based Krishniah Chetty & Sons. It is an alliance between the seven-generation Tolkowsky legacy which gave the diamond industry the modern brilliant round cut, and the five-generation old Krishniah Chetty tradition.
The alliance is only fitting, given that Marcel Tolkowksy, the father of the modern brilliant round cut (that you might recognise by its conical shape with a perfectly round top) wrote in his book Diamond Design that the best technique of cutting diamonds originated in India.
Krishniah Chetty & Sons opened their three-storey exclusive diamond store just two months ago, which will now host an exclusive Tolkowsky boutique. For now, the Tolkowsky collection sits in a cosy corner on the ground floor of the store. Every diamond in the collection has been cut to perfection to give maximum dazzle.
For those who associate diamonds with tradition, there is the classic Signature ‘T’ collection that has solitaires with the Tolkowsky ‘T’ holding it up. There’s also the Heritage collection featuring diamonds held by traditional clasps that allow the focus to stay on the stone.
But if you’re a fun girl then the loop, twist, tumbling and the latest teardrop collection are a great idea. The diamonds are set in yellow gold, white gold and platinum, but if your heart leans towards some other metal then you can actually order a piece. The loop and twist collection plays with the metal and makes simple loops around the stone, or just places the stone in the middle of a quirky twist. The collection includes simple rings, which come with pendants that go with them.
The tumbling collection is slightly more glitzy, with multiple diamonds that are placed as if they are tumbling on top of each other. This collection features neck pieces, earrings and rings, but is not quite your daily wear range. The teardrop designs use more metal than the other collections.
Prices for the Tolkowsky pieces start at Rs35,000 for a pair of solitaire earrings, go up depending on the size of the diamonds and the metal used. If you aren’t up to doing some damage to your wallet yet, you could just drop in and take a look at the replica of the Centenary diamond.