He is in the league of extraordinary jewel chiefs. Mumbai-based Nirav Modi is the first Indian jewellery designer to feature on the cover of a Christie’s catalogue, a distinction the auction house had hitherto reserved for internationally renowned brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Harry Winston.
The father of two considers the Taj Mahal one of his biggest inspirations. At the India Art Fair, 2014, a sizeable section of his enclosure was dedicated to Mughal miniatures.
The jeweller, who has showrooms in New York, Hong Kong and Belgium among other places said the brand is scheduled to open a store in Delhi in March, followed by one in Mumbai.
In 2013, at the age of 42, he was featured in the Forbes list of billionaires. Modi was 52nd in the list of Indian billionaires and 1,342 in the global list with a net worth of $1 billion.