C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons
Krishniah Chetty & Sons: (Est. 1869) In anticipation of celebrating its 150th year of operation, the C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers, a jewelry brand based in Bangalore, India identified the six entities that comprise the group as: C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons, C. Krishniah Chetty Jewellers, C. Krishniah Chetty Manufacturers, C. Krishniah Chetty Foundation, C. Krishniah Chetty Partnership Firm, and the C. Krishniah Chetty Charitable Trust.
Krishniah Chetty & Sons is a leading name in the finest of the world’s Heritage jewelry houses and over its history has launched many collections of desirable pieces. The group was founded in 1869 and is now operated by the fifth and sixth generations of the C. Krishniah Chetty Family.
Founded by Cotha Krishniah Chetty, the company began by selling colored beads to the British Army. The company is especially notable for being the preferred jewelers to over 21 royal Indian houses including the Maharaja of Mysore, the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Maharaja of Travancore, the Nawab of Savanur, the Maharaja of Sandur, and the Maharaja of Dhrangadra. They were also the preferred jeweler to many other royal families of south and central India, as well as the British. Today, the firm is a preferred partner to leaders in the fashion and fine jewelry markets.
The company boasts rich experience in the gems and jewelry business. It has become a celebrated name for stunning designs and collections. These are treasured for their handpicked and exclusive designs featured in their gold and diamond jewelry collections. From classic styles to bespoke pieces, the fine craftsmanship highlights each precious piece. The pieces add spark to every occasion and are appropriate as well for special events like weddings and ceremonies.
In its Bangladore showrooms customers can find diamond rings, diamond set, pearl Polki, rings, earrings, and pendants. Also available are religious artifacts. The showroom also specializes in services that include designing bridal trousseaus, jewelry upgrades, and jewelry redesign. The designs the firm creates are stunningly beautiful with embellishments that make the wearer stand out from the crowd. The collections are refreshed regularly to keep with trending and popular styles.
In the 1800s after Cotha Krishniah Chetty started selling Armenian colored beads to the British in the Bangalore Cantonment, the company was soon appointed as distributor for Rolex of Switzerland, and also sold imported products from Mappin & Webb, and The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company of London.
“Rolex made diamond-encrusted dials with the name C Krishniah Chetty & Sons on top. Not many companies in the world can claim that honor,” says C Vinod Hayagriv, a fifth generation family member who joined the company in 1981. His two gemologist sons have also joined the business.
Some of the famous articles crafted by C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons include life size carriages for princes, silver temple doors, inaugural keys and even a gold cricket bat. The company remains an innovator in India’s jewelry industry and was the first to bring the famed Tolkowsky brand, famous for the Ideal Cut, to India. Krishniah Chetty also pioneered the launch of fancy colored diamonds in India, was the first to launch DeBeers’ Forevermark brand in India, and also the first store with the largest diamond-only showroom in Asia.
In November, 2017, Forevermark, the diamond brand from the De Beers Group of Companies, celebrated its association with C. Krishniah Chetty Jewellers with their first boutique store that exclusively carried Forevermark diamonds and jewelry.
Highlighting the partnership, Dr. C Vinod Hayagriv, Director, C. Krishniah Chetty Jewellers said, “Forevermark offers only the best quality of diamonds to its partners. Our partnership is a testament to our valued customers that only the best diamonds are what we provide at our store. It is an honor to be the first boutique store to carry only Forevermark diamonds in the world.”
The store houses all the exquisite Forevermark collections including black label, big ideas, exceptional diamonds, closed setting, designer collections, trend collections as well as loose diamonds and diamond jewelry for men.
At the location, Forevermark created a black room enclosure where a genuine, natural and untreated 3 carat Forevermark diamond is on display. The display demonstrates how light passes through this spectacular diamond to showcase its brilliance. The beauty of a Forevermark diamond goes beyond the 4Cs and visitors to the store can see how light refracts through the diamond across a room in a multitude of colors. It is an unforgettable experience for all the CKC customers in Bangalore.
Other notable collection launches by C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons include the December 2013 introduction of a collection of hand painted jewelry for its Spring/Summer collection displaying floral motifs. These were achieved by incorporating colors and forms from nature into designs that are intricate, young, and vibrant.
Also in the December 2013 launch were the season’s Platinum Love Bands – Endless Love. The design concepts adopted for these were ‘Infinity Symbols’, ‘Endless Love Knots’ and ‘Duo Bands’ with themes based on a design book devoted to ‘Luxury Archeology.’ It marked a new design direction because it took ancient materials and applied them to modern themes. The pieces include minimal expressions of mythological or ancient icons of eternal love on contemporary platinum pieces.
In February 2016, the firm launched a specially designed range of pendants for Valentine’s Day. The Red Haute Valentine’s Day Collection is a sparkling collection of 18kt yellow gold and diamond pendants that come with the option of selecting two initials and attaching both to the pendant. There are two designs of pendants from which customers can choose.
According to C. Vinod Hayagriv, Director, C. Krishniah Chetty Jewellers, “[The] new collection was designed by our in-house design team. We offer our clients jewelry that is one-of-a-kind, made using new and innovative processes in manufacturing jewelry … Each piece is painstakingly conceptualized, designed, thought through to make a differentiated precious jewel that our clients will own and wear with pride.”
Today the latest generations of the family are taking the legacy forward. The C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons store has a great collection in diamond, gold, platinum, and silver jewelry. Their experienced craftsmen are constantly innovating with new designs while continuing the legacy of working in traditional motifs.