GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Holder Shiv Narayan’s Exquisite Showcase at The Wallace Collection – London
Shiv Narayan, a celebrated jewellery house based in Hyderabad, India along with Mrs. Sudha Reddy, presented a heritage rich, champagne reception to present their award-winning jewels before a select gathering of European nobility, British glitterati and luxury Editors on 12th October 2023 at Wallace Collection. Presenting pieces of jewels, fit for a queen, the jewellery brand celebrated their momentous awards with British connoisseurs.
A third-generation house of jewellery, now ably helmed by the father -son duo of Kamal Kishor Agarwal and Tushar Agarwal, Shiv Narayan chose Wallace Collection, a national museum housing unsurpassed masterpieces of painting, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour, and porcelain to present their own museum quality jewellery selection. The art inspired display especially featured the eight masterpieces that got them to break the Guinness World Records.
A world-class jewellery brand creating masterpieces in gold, diamonds and polki with ornate gemstone settings. With a legacy stretching back to the age of Nizams, we are generational jewellers innovating pieces based in tradition and culture. Founded by Seth Sri Shiv Narayan Bhalwale ji, who was the head jeweller to Mir Osman Ali Khan, the VII Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad, the brand has flourished for many years.
“India is the land of mystical jewellery making. Our nawabs and maharajas, with their indulgent eye worked with few, handpicked jewellers who created such a rich reservoir of design that is beyond imagination even today. My family worked for the Nizam and in their patronage we created such a strong design and craft vocabulary that is holding good stead for us and is practiced by our artisans even today,” shared Mr Kamal Kishore Agarwal.
The exhibit, of museum quality comprised of pieces that are not just priceless but crafted with inspirational stories that span from mythology to indulgent, near decadent classics. Some highlights include:
- Shiv Narayan Jewellers’ Lord Ganesha pendant has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the heaviest gold pendant ever made. The pendant has also been awarded a Guinness World Record for the most diamonds set on a pendant as it counts 11,472 diamonds. The pendant is not only embellished with diamonds, it also features ruby and emerald florets and it is also fringed with high quality emerald beads. Designed to represent self-realisation, the Ganesha pendant is suspended from a four-row emerald and diamond necklace in a traditional style.
- A stunning 7 line one of a kind bridal necklace with almost 540 carat Zambian Emeralds and 85 carats English Polki.
- The Ram Darbar achieved the world record for The Heaviest Pendant at 1681.820 grams and The Most Diamonds Set on A Pendant with 54,666 diamonds. It also became The Heaviest Diamond Pendant, exceptionally designed over 8 ½ months with diamonds inscribing Sri Ram (Lord Ram) even on the back.
“Each of these pieces are not just priceless but also stand testimony to our rich mastery over the craft of jewellery making. We are humbled by the recognition and hope to create many more masterpieces in the future,” shared Tushar.
As discerning patrons from corporate and industrialist families replace the royal patronage of the past, Shiv Narayan is humbled by the encouragement and support of the connoisseur Sudha Reddy. A famous philanthropist from Hyderabad, she joined the family to co-host this gracious evening, as well as lend credence to the brand. She avers, “Not just are their pieces linked to our rich history and mythology, they also keep a large atelier of very skilled artisans alive. I applaud their dedication to their art.”
The evening witnessed the participation of leading celebrities press and media.
The townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford, Wallace Collection is named after Sir Richard Wallace, who built the extensive collection, along with the Marquesses of Hertford, in the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection features fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with important holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms and armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings arranged into 25 galleries