It was only fitting that the brand ambassador of the India International Jewellery Week 2013 close the show as she opened it – stunningly and with plenty of pizzazz and drama. Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor was undoubtedly the show-stopper at the grand finale of India International Jewellery Week (IIJW)2013 in Mumbai, India on August 8. The evening began with a performance by singer Shalmali Kholgade. She sang intermittently throughout the evening, livening up moments between shows and providing background music for some of them. There were two main presentations on the final day – creations by PCJ and the students of the Gemological Institute of India. The PCJ show in particular was quite exciting as director Madhur Bhandarkar and sultry siren Chitrangada Singh both walked the ramp for the brand. These were followed by a Best of the Best show which, as you may have guessed from the moniker, was a review of some of the best designs from each of the participating brands over the last five days.

All the outfits on the ramp were designed by JJ Valaya, the best one reserved for Sonam who was, of course, a part of the Best of the Best show modelling gorgeous bling for Bhirdichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers.Sonam emerged from a shielded section of the ramp where she had been sitting in an elaborate throne. She wore a rust-colored printed sari which featured delicate stud detailing on the border. Her jewellery was exquisite – a large diamond and pearl necklace, matching earrings and bracelet, an arm ornament, maang tikka and ring bracelet – all ethereal, drawing from the radiance of the wearer and vice versa.

As breath-taking as the pieces were, none could match up to the beauty of her pink-lipped smile and thick side-swept locks. It was a mesmerising evening since every single piece of jewellery on the ramp exceeded the limits of the most vibrant imagination, thus offering a thrilling display that titillated and charmed the eyes, mind, heart and soul.