LONDON — Rosh Mahtani of the London-based jewelry label Alighieri will be the third recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Princess Anne, who is also the president of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, will present her the award on behalf of the Queen.
Born in London and raised in Zambia, Mahtani is being recognized for “her ethical approach and commitment to local manufacturing,” and “her ability to make beautiful, timeless, made by hand jewelry,” according to Caroline Rush, chief executive officer at the British Fashion Council.
Rush also praised Mahtani as “an inspiration for many young British designers,” as she “has managed to translate her passion for jewelry and storytelling into a highly successful business while using responsibly sourced materials.”
Alighieri is known for its handmade, gold-plated, antique-style designs — which are made in Hatton Garden, London’s jewelry quarter. A best-selling necklace from the brand is priced at 195 pounds, while the rustic looking “No More Tears” 24-karat gold-plated bracelet costs 3,500 pounds.
Mahtani launched the brand in 2014 without any formal training. She says she was inspired to create modern heirlooms, born from the literature she had read such as Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy,” when she studied French and Italian at Oxford University.
As reported, her business grew by 500 percent in 2018, and made its first foray into footwear with an exclusive capsule of espadrilles created with Net-a-porter. She introduced men’s wear and launched homeware in 2019.
Previous winners of the award include Richard Quinn and Bethany Williams.