London-based jewellery designer Pieter Erasmus on his passion for Indian designs, reports Sujata Reddy.
You’ve created jewellery for fashion houses like Givenchy, Matthew Williamson and Roberto Cavalli. What was the
All three are very creative and thorough professionals. Their sole purpose is to focus on the beauty of a woman.
In what way does jewellery contribute to an ensemble?
It enhances the ensemble and highlights sensual areas like the neck, ears and wrists.
Chunky jewellery or minimalist pieces?
For me big is beautiful. Jewellery has to be attention-seeking and loud.
What’s your take on traditional Indian jewellery?
I love it. I’d like to fuse African sensibilities with Indian jewellery some day.
The inspiration for my previous collection was the Nizam’s court. My interest was awakened by William Dalrymple’s White Mughals which I married with Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis (1972). I redesigned the Nizam’s collection with a modern twist.
How would you compare our love for jewellery with that of the British?
(Laughs) The Brits love for jewellery was no doubt influenced by you guys and ironically today, we wear more jewellery than you.