TRAVEL

The Jewel of Mumbai


W’s associate jewelry editor heads to Mumbai, India, to explore the city’s sites, premium jewelry stores, and more. Tag along on her decadent trip.

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When I first arrived in Mumbai, the glamorous interiors of the historic Taj Mahal Palace hotel immediately transported me to another era.

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After taking off our shoes, we entered this Hindu temple where the priest lit incense and tied bracelets on our wrists while praying.

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The Bombay canteen has a great list of cocktails and a menu full of street food-inspired cuisine.

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4

Marigolds were all over India!

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In the midst of monsoon season, locals of Mumbai casually walked around with umbrellas waiting for the onslaught of sudden rain.

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There’s no way to avoid shoe shopping at the local street market. I bought several pairs.

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This little statuette of Ganesha—the Hindu God of wisdom, knowledge, and new beginnings—was spotted all over.

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We saw Nirav Modi’s billboard as we head to his workshop to check out his design and stone cutting process.

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The beautifully delicate Fluire rings, which consist of white and yellow diamonds, were a treat to try on.

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Some of the pieces from Nirav Modi’s collection take years to design and perfect.

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All the beautiful colorful cabochon stones that make up Modi’s tutti frutti necklace.

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Nirav Modi explains how a diamond could be worn every day.

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From yellow to purple diamond rings, I was like a kid in a candy store.

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At his store in Mumbai, Nirav Modi had me try on his diamond and tanzanite necklace.

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The Burmese ruby in this collection is described by jewelers as “pigeon red.”

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Wearing three diamond bracelets felt like ultra glamorous armor.

Photo by Demetrius Fordham.