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Alighieri

Rosh Mahtani launched the Alighieri jewelry brand, inspired by literature and a burning passion for travel. The concept of the brand has a scenario: to give "symbolic treasures". The designer defended her Diploma in The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri at Oxford: she studied the concept of medieval love, and then traced the connection between the spiritual and physical state of a person. Although the name of each decoration is associated with the work of Dante, Roche does not literally quote literature. The designer creates philosophic decorations of intentionally irregular shape, just like the world around.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Brand business card: Modern heirlooms inspired by Dante

Brand designer

Rosh Mahtani

Rosh Mahtani founded Alighieri to guide her through a dark time. Each fragmented talisman is inspired by Dante Alighieri’s own story of being lost in a dark wood. These Modern Heirlooms celebrate the beauty of human imperfection and vulnerability. Rosh is driven by telling stories through the universal language of jewellery that bring people together by unlocking narratives and embarking on adventures. Growing up in Zambia, Africa, she spent her childhood collecting “magical” stones and imbuing them with meaning. “The question of identity - where am I from, where do I belong - drove me to create my own universe.” Tales of her grandparents leaving India in 1944 with not much more than the few pieces of jewellery they owned, left a lasting impression on the importance of jewellery as family heirlooms and protective talismans. Moving to London, aged 9, was the first step in an adventure full of highs and lows. The struggle and grit of her family’s story, drove her to make it to Oxford to read French and Italian. An outsider in a big world, she fell in love with Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, a story of a poet lost in a dark wood. Alighieri Jewellery was born in 2014 inspired by this journey. “I wanted to celebrate the beauty in imperfection, and discover the strength to be found in human vulnerability.“

Jewelry production

SUSTAINABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, ETHICS

We keep our carbon footprint low by using local craftsman who manufacture our talismans in bronze, recycled gold and silver a stone's throw from our studio in London's oldest jewellery district Hatton Garden. Each piece starts with our founder, Rosh Mahtani, a Roman candle, and the wax. She hand carves each talisman like little sculptures, imbuing them with emotion and story. This delicate, textured wax sculpture, is then wrapped up, and walked over to our casters three doors away. Every step of our process is driven by human beings and their stories, from Dante to Rosh to our A-team... to you.

LOCAL CRAFTSMANSHIP

Our Modern Heirlooms are made by hand, in the six streets surrounding our studio. Our jewellery is cast and plated by a family run business whose craft, worthy of a Royal Warrant, has been passed down through generations. Supporting the local heritage and craft in Hatton Garden is extremely important to founder, Rosh Mahtani, and with our walkable supply chain we can ensure luxury quality across all of our products is achieved. We assemble and finish the jewellery by hand in our Alighieri Studio, just around the corner.

THE METALS

The talismans are cast in bronze, recycled gold and 100% recycled eco sterling silver. The recycled gold and silver come from Cooksongold who are part of the Heimerle + Meule GmbH group and certified members of the Responsible Jewellery Council. All waste returns to the foundry to be cast again into more talismans the following day. Many of our chains are handmade, link by link in the studio; all other chains are sourced from responsible suppliers and we are working towards ensuring all of our chains are attained from RJC-certified suppliers.

THE PEARLS

Each of our pearls are completely unique, they all vary in shape and size. The pearls we use are farmed - we believe environmental and social stewardship are fundamental aspects of responsible pearl farming and, where possible, we choose to work with suppliers and pearl farmers who share our beliefs.

RESPONSIBILITY

Rosh is incredibly passionate about using Alighieri as a vehicle to support communities and raise awareness for those without a voice to tell their own stories. In 2019, we designed 3 pieces inspired by the work of the Conservation Lower Zambezi, a charity working to protect wildlife and sustainable use of natural resources in Zambia, where Rosh grew up. 10% of the RRP of these pieces was donated to CLZ. In February 2020, we partnered with the Trussell Trust, a charity supporting food banks in the UK, in their Covid-19 campaigns against food poverty. We donated 20% of our online sales to help those most affected by poverty, raising a total of just over £55,000 in three months. We have now partnered with Refuge, the UK’s leading charity helping women and their children experiencing domestic abuse. We have raised over £65,000 for Refuge, and continue to work with them as a long term charity partner of Alighieri.

ETHICS

Alighieri is highly invested in protecting and supporting the local heritage and craft of Hatton Garden and the UK’s historic jewellery manufacturing quarters. We create jobs and facilitate apprenticeships and maintain a walkable supply chain practice in our Hatton Garden neigbourhood.

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