Royal approval

For those who love jewellery with an antique-style mismatched flair would already have invested in a few pieces from a London-based brand Alighieri.

Launched in 2014 by Rosh Mahtani, Oxford university alumni who loves Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ that the brand takes its name from, her pieces are cast in 24ct gold-plated bronze are inspired by literature and adventure.


An instant hit among the fashion pack and one of our personal favourite accounts to follow on Instagram, Alighieri can now claim a royal status as it’s going to receive The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at London Fashion Week this month. It will be presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Mahtani will be recognised for the craftsmanship of her jewellery which is produced in Hatton Garden, for using responsibly sourced materials, promoting local manufacturing and supporting employment. The unique pieces are made through the process of lost-wax casting at some of the oldest local suppliers.  Just like Dante Alighieri’s subjects, each piece of jewellery is unique, battered and imperfect.


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“Her ethical approach and commitment to local manufacturing, combined with her ability to make beautiful, timeless, made by hand jewellery, makes her an inspiration for many young British designers,” said Caroline Rush CBE, CEO, British Fashion Council (BFC).

The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and the movement of young designers that are both talented and making a difference to society through either sustainable practices or community engagement.


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The inaugural Award was announced and presented to Richard Quinn in February 2018 when The Queen made Her Majesty’s first visit to London Fashion Week. In 2019, the prestigious Award was presented to Bethany Williams by The Duchess of Cornwall.

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