On Tuesday, January 28, the crème de la crème of the New York fashion world gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan for the 23rd annual luncheon and Fashion Group International (FGI) Rising Star Awards, where HARAKH took home the fine jewelry prize. The Indian high jewelry brand was also nominated for FGI’s first-ever Sustainability Award, honoring Founder Harakh Mehta’s spiritual, value-driven approach to ethical jewelry design and production.
The HARAKH brand has met with growing acclaim at every turn since launching in 2017, from this FGI award and nomination to Harakh’s appointment as the Official Jeweler of le Bal, Paris in 2019. Mehta’s le Bal acquaintance Jane Li, daughter of Chinese action star Jet Li, joined him in solidarity for the event.
FGI President and CEO Maryanne Grisz: “The Rising Star Awards was founded to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of emerging talents and entrepreneurs such as Harakh Mehta. We congratulate all of our winners of 2020 and look forward to watching each of them grow and thrive in the years to come.”
HARAKH Founder Harakh Mehta: “When I founded the brand in 2017, my only desire was to make beautiful, joyful jewelry designs without compromising my values. I cannot put into words the tremendous honor it is for the HARAKH haute joaillerie brand to win the FGI Rising Star in the jewelry category and to also be nominated for the first-ever Sustainability Award. For me and my dedicated team, this recognition reaffirms our vision that ethical craft and exquisite luxury design can and should go hand in hand.”
The nomination for the Sustainability Award was an honor that particularly resonated with Mehta, whose compassion for the environment drives his sustainable approach from design conception to completion. “Ever since I can remember, spirituality, and sustainability have been a part of my very DNA and this extends to my daily lifestyle as part of my value system,” said Mehta. He also deeply values transparency in all aspects of crafting his exceptional jewelry. Mehta’s manufacturing facility in India was the first to be certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council’s stringent 2013 Code of Practices. HARAKH is also a Fairmined Licensee Brand.
Harakh Mehta founded his eponymous brand for a higher purpose, to impart joy in every HARAKH creation. After all, the name HARAKH in his native language means exactly that – “a deep sense of joy and happiness,” a philosophy which is cemented in the simple “tear of joy” HARAKH logo which is stamped on every piece of haute joaillerie. HARAKH haute joaillerie goes beyond the usual standards of high jewelry, with every detail richly finessed and expertly crafted to the highest standard, featuring only rare and exceptional DEF color, IF-VS clarity diamonds set in 18-karat gold or platinum. HARAKH limited edition pieces have been auctioned by leading houses and have earned a reputation for quality craftsmanship, gaining a loyal, global clientele that includes royal families, sports figures, celebrities, and prominent personalities from the entertainment world.
About Harakh Mehta
Harakh was exposed to the world of jewellery from a young age, coming from a long line of diamond cutters and polishers. Born and raised in Mumbai, he completed his graduation from the US. After a brief stint in management consulting, Harakh turned his focus on jewellery and returned to his native India to join the family’s gem and jewellery business. He is a passionate jeweller, deeply rooted to his culture and inspired by his ancestral background from the land of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Harakh currently resides in Mumbai with his parents, wife and children. He is an avid traveler and practices yoga and meditation. www.harakh.com
About The Fashion Group International
Founded in 1930 by 17 accomplished women, Fashion Group is a global, non-profit association whose mission is to provide resources, connections and career support for 5000 members. Fashion Group is an essential industry resource to connect members to information, inspiration, education, events, industry leaders, global resources, historic archives, established professionals, new talent, innovators, tastemakers and award winners, and most importantly each other to create amazing things. In 2020, the advances in technology will allow FGI to fulfill the mission in new and exciting ways.
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