The elegance and enigmatic qualities of the mysterious reptile are rendered here in 18-carat yellow gold and decorated in a multitude of variously colored gemstones, while the snake’s body and slithering movement is rendered through a meticulously sculpted design of interlocking curves and coils. At other times these highly embellished pieces render the snake resting powerfully on its own, while in other creations the snake’s seductive body delicately encircles the wearer’s wrist with beauty and intrigue.
This line takes its inspiration from the meticulous and vibrant artistry of Persia’s 18th-century Qajar period, the Iranian royal dynasty of Turkic origin that ruled Iran from 1789 to 1925. The Qajar period is particularly known for its unique artistry, which mixed references to European miniature painting as Persian and European cultures began to mix during that time thanks to Iran’s strengthening of trade agreements with Europe. Qajar artists began to re-appropriate European tropes of the Orient while maintaining references to their Persian past and culture.
The 18-karat white gold rectangular ring is inspired by the Tabatabaei House which was given the nickname "Bride of Houses" to depict its beauty. The home, which was built on the request of the affluent Tabatabaei family in the early 18th century, exhibits the unique creative taste of its architecture. The ring replicates the beautiful dome with muqarnas decors, painted arabesques, and a light hole in a chamber of Tabatabaei House.
An orange tourmaline sits in the center with brilliant diamonds surrounding it in a circular motion, replicating the light hole and then multicolored sapphires surrounding the diamonds. The edges are diamonds mimicking the shapes of the colored windows with rough edges.
With its enrapturing design and ornate details, this collection evokes the myriad qualities of the serpent that has dazzled the human imagination across time. Through these alluring jewelry pieces Toktam reveals the serpent in its many species and characters.
Evoking mystery, intrigue and beauty, the wedding veil has long been one of the oldest accessory pieces of the bridal ensemble, dating as far back as the Greek and Roman period. In antiquity, the veil was often viewed to guard off evil spirits that might destroy a bride’s happiness.
Through intricately devised jewelry designs, in this collection Toktam pays tribute to the veil’s past and present history, incorporating the shape of the veil into white and yellow gold jewelry designs laden with rubies and diamonds. Part of Toktam’s bridal collection, these enchanting and delicate pieces are synonymous with the alluring enigmatic qualities of a veil itself.
While historically veils were often used to represent modesty and purity in religious ceremonies, in contemporary society they have become an integral modern accessory item that captures the personal style and beauty of each bride.