Rosh Mahtani graduated from Oxford University, where she read French and Italian. Not long after, she created Alighieri Jewellery.
Alighieri is a collection of jewellery inspired by Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy'; each piece corresponds to one of the poet's 100 poems. As the pilgrim journeys through the realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, he encounters mythical creatures, scraggy landscapes, and terrifying demons. Inspired by his odyssey, I imagined these characters in gold, wrapped around my neck, and weaving their way through my fingers, as I read. Just like Dante's subjects, each piece of jewellery is battered, imperfect, and a little bit melancholy. The sea crabs have endured shipwrecks, and the lobster claws have been dismembered; foxes' heads are mangled from turbulent wars, and tree branches are washed up on the shore. Alighieri is an ongoing anthology that lies in the intersection between literature, art, and fashion.