New York City. May 4, 2020. It was a U.K.-based class in enameling taken more than five years ago that convinced Roshni Singhal to trade banking for jewelry design. She fell in love with the technique, ultimately taking another design class with GIA. Then, in between juggling multiple international moves and a small child, Singhal debuted Agaro Jewels in 2017. The name is a nod to her signature enamel style and Indian roots.
“Angaar in Hindi means ‘fire’ and all of my jewelry is fired,” she explains.
Jewelry designer Roshni Singhal of Agaro Jewels
Now based in Mumbai, India, Singhal uses 22k to 24k gold styles as canvases against which her vitreous-enamel-painted floral and Indian patterns pop. And while her father’s traditional diamond manufacturing business may have been a distant influence in her newfound career, it is history and heritage that drive her design style.
“I use old-fashioned materials to create heirloom pieces that are contemporary yet rooted in the past,” she says. “A signature Agaro piece has intricate engravings inspired by ancient textiles, Mughal motifs, and cultural and mythological symbols.”
Singhal’s jewelry is brought to life in Mumbai by artisans who fabricate every piece, down to chains and nearly all findings.
“We haven’t made two identical pieces yet,” Singhal adds. “There is a lot of attention to the smallest of details. Because of the nature of the art, we don’t make bulk items and our stock is always limited. We do a lot of custom.”
Gemstones of choice are mainly uncut diamonds and rose cuts, which help retain the heirloom look of each piece. “I love the Old World look that these diamonds give,” she says.
Retail prices in 22k gold start at $900. Find Agaro in a handful of shops worldwide, including Metalmark Fine Jewelry in Denver, Colo., and Carmel, Ind., as well as on Singhal’s own shoppable website.
Ananta Lake Palace bracelet in 22k gold with pink sapphires and vitreous enamel, $4,500; available online at Agaro Jewels
Jasmine Garden Amulet necklace in 22k gold with white vitreous enamel, $4,500; available online at Metalmark Fine Jewelry
Mogra Ananta band in 22k gold with vitreous enamel and diamonds, $5,700; available online at Metalmark Fine Jewelry
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