Jewellery designer and founder of Alighieri jewellery, Rosh Mahtani, received the royal seal of approval this year as Princess Anne presented her with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design during London Fashion Week.
The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy.
Mahtani is the first jewellery designer to be given this prestigious accolade, which recognises designers with exceptional talent and originality, as well as strong community values and sustainable practices.
The jeweller was honoured for her commitment to sustainability and ethical practices, alongside her unique attention to detail and focus on craftsmanship and community. British Fashion Council chief executive officer, Caroline Rush, said of her win: “Mahtani has managed to translate her passion for jewellery and storytelling into a highly successful business while using responsibly sourced materials.
Her ethical approach and commitment to local manufacturing, combined with her ability to make beautiful, timeless jewellery, makes her an inspiration for many young British designers.”
Born in London and raised in Zambia, Mahtani studied French and Italian at Oxford University. Upon graduating in 2012, she was inspired to create modern heirlooms. Alighieri was officially launched in 2014 and the brand has become known for its antique style designs.