A long journey that traverses the deserts and seas, from the land of Rabindranath Tagore to the home of the Empire State building, from the artistic prowess of Bengali craftsmanship to the magnificent Byzantine empire and Broadway’s theatrical flair… couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s latest high jewelry collection is an ode to intertwined cultures.
Titled the Bengal Byzantine Broadway Collection, the line seamlessly captures the essence of what it means to be graceful, yet rebellious. Each piece in Sabyasachi’s collection carries with it a sense of yearning for something lost, yet present behind closed doors. Think deconstructed maharani necklaces with hand-printed velvet ties, lacquered Grecian medallions with tropical elements from the mangroves of the Sundarbans, earrings adorned with cut and uncut diamonds, and bangles set in gold with multicolored diamonds, apaches, turquoise, corals, pearls, sapphires and jaspers.
Cemented fiercely in India’s rich heritage, the Bengal Byzantine Broadway collection celebrates the euphoric and the defiant, narrating more than just one story in its wake. This eclectic compilation capsules the very essence of the country’s legacy, while giving it a contemporary touch. “Bengal’s grand history of handcrafted jewelry almost faded away because of a lack of patronage. I want to bring this legacy back to the world,” says Mukherjee, who has grown to become one of the most renowned designers of his time across the globe. “As heritage crafts get rarer and rarer, and as they become more endangered, their legacy will become more valuable than the most precious of gemstones. These are the heirlooms that will find their pride of place in museums tomorrow.”
The limited-edition pieces perfectly blend the maximalist sentiments of both the east and west, creating a cathartic sense of pluralism between both cultures. Below, take a closer look at the collection.
The collection will be available exclusively at the jewelry salon at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue between August 24 and September 22, 2022.