A brand guide for all aspiring jewelers
The latest book on the block ‘A Bejewelled Life’ launched by Farah Khan Ali, to celebrate her 25 years in the industry, has garnered a lot of international fame about the look and feel of the book to the beautiful curation done by everyone’s beloved Paola De Luca (an acclaimed jewelry trend forecaster).
Having missed the Mumbai launch due to my personal travels, upon my return, I was very excited to receive a signed copy by mail. The book was completely different from what I had imagined. My thought process was fueled by other brand books that I have seen in the past where the designer/jeweler celebrates the collections and its inspirations in pages full of well-photographed jewels. But that is not the case with Farah’s book. In reality, this bright orange book is a brand guide that literally explains everything from her brand language, logo, color schemes, inspirations, travels to her personal life and family and how they all are interconnected and the result is this flamboyant jewelry brand known as ‘Farah Khan Fine Jewellery’.
Through her words, quotes and images Farah has translated shapes, textures, colors, and gemstones clubbed with mixed media and presented us with a visual language that is worth studying. One has seen an unlimited number of her pieces on social media as she is one of the rare ones who share almost every piece with her fans but this book takes you beyond the jeweler… it takes you inside the mind of the designer!
The book starts with talking about the origin & meaning of her recently launched monogram AAYAT and its diverse usage along with the four pillars that the brand is based on- Nature, Love, Architecture and Ethics. The book also gives important insights into the brand’s characteristics and color schemes i.e a unique mix of orange, turquoise, and gold.
The book further delves into her jewelry design process through five inspirational directions: Fluidity, Royal Flair, Naturalia, The Rose and Surreal Vision that depicts her interactions with nature’s elements, heritage, art, photography, films, and architecture. Farah shares space in the book with artists, photographers, and poets who inspire her, embody the five creative themes and influence her vision. These were also beautifully illustrated at the Mumbai book launch, where each of the five themes was articulated through a multi-media installation that combines art, jewelry, and provocative storytelling.
Like most designers, Farah’s design process is also depicting through her doodles and sketches but it also showcases the importance of travel in her life and how that has found a voice in her creations. One can also see snippets of her recently launched lifestyle collections and bejeweled scarves.
The last chapter is very personal to Farah as it takes the readers into her inner world. Putting past, present, and future of her personal life in front of the reader like an open book. Her role as a daughter, wife, sister, mother… and a designer.
In my opinion, if you are a brand in the making or are struggling to identify your brand’s core language, then this book is a must-read as it is shown how Farah has put into practice everything that most marketing, design and inspiration books teach… all in one person and her brand. Truly inspiring!!