Delhi: Bewitched, Bothered & Bejeweled

James T. Murray

Delhi contains literally thousands of jewelry boutiques. But all one really needs to know about are these three. The sensibility at Bharany’s (by appointment only; 14 Sunder Nagar Market; bharanys.com) is unmistakably Indian. The jewelry combines new and antique settings with precious and semiprecious stones, incorporating traditional Moghul elements into modern designs—huge gems, the rough-cut diamonds known as polkis, and gold settings embellished on the back with the enamel work called kundan meena. (The Moghuls felt the most beautiful element should sit next to the skin.) Shoppers should visit the inner salon to peruse museum-quality Moghul-style work. Nearby, Padma Gems (by appointment only; 9A Sunder Nagar Market; 91-11/2435-1513), which supplies New York’s Fred Leighton, has a more Western look. The safe reveals sizable Colombian emeralds, rose-cut diamonds—a trademark along with chandelier earrings—and gorgeous natural Burmese rubies. Finally, with his modern, geometric interpretations of Moghul and Art Nouveau styles, Hanut Singh (by appointment only; 91-98/1028-7460; hanutsingh.com) has become the darling of the beaux mondes in Delhi and beyond. Long, dangling earrings are his specialty, and his latest collection features semiprecious-stone discs and pyramids decorated with minute trellises or floral work. Singh brings his collection to New York at the beginning of October. For an appointment there, call 212-810-6836.