Known for her artful gold-plated jewellery created using recycled precious metals, Alighieri’s feminine designs are inspired by Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s long narrative poem titled ‘Divine Comedy’. Starting the brand at a tough point in her life, Founder Rosh Mahtani, who previously studied French and Italian at Oxford University, found solace in Alighieri’s poem and the sculptural motifs it conjured up. The first jewellery designer to receive The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, Mahtani puts sustainability at the heart of her work. “We don’t believe in seasonality or fast fashion at Alighieri; all our jewellery is created as forever pieces, each with its own story,” says the brand’s founder.
Handmade in London’s historic diamond district, Hatton Garden, Mahtani pieces are made from recycled, responsibly sourced materials. For Hyundai Re:Style, Alighieri has repurposed waste seatbelts. “I like to think of jewellery as armour; it protects you. And in that sense, I loved the idea of marrying the seatbelt material with the idea of protection,” says Mahtani. She fused the seatbelts with foam and her signature fluid gold, silver, bronze and freshwater pearls to create her four-piece collection for the project. “The foam chunks reminded me very much of the organic and imperfect shapes of the Alighieri aesthetic,” she says. From the seatbelt choker adorned with dainty pearls and gold droplet-shaped embellishments to the fine necklace underpinned by foam, these Alighieri pieces embody waste with worth.