By Ashley Davis
Jane Li, daughter of action star Jet Li, wore this custom high jewelry suite from Harakh to her recent society debut.
Paris—There are balls, and then there’s “le Bal.”

For more than two decades the invitation-only charity ball has hosted about 20 of the world’s most privileged young women who are making their society debuts.

The daughters of international business scions, aristocracy and Hollywood royalty are outfitted in haute couture for the occasion.

This year, fourth-generation Indian diamantaire Harakh Mehta, the designer behind Harakh, was the event’s official jeweler, adorning the debutantes in his creations for the ball, held earlier this month at Paris’ Shangri-La Hotel.

20191216 Harakh1A diamond tiara with gold fleur-de-lis crafted by Harakh and worn to this year’s edition of le Bal in Paris
“As the exclusive diamantaire and haute joaillerie partner for le Bal Paris 2019, it was an honor to dress each deb in Harakh joaillerie pieces for one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” Mehta said in a statement.

For one special deb, Jane Li, daughter of iconic Chinese action film star Jet Li, Mehta crafted a custom high jewelry suite inspired by her life.

20191216 Harakh3Harakh Mehta pictured with Jane Li at le Bal 2019 in Paris.
The suite comprises a necklace, earrings and ring that feature various detachable components.

Each piece features pear-cut diamonds, a Harakh signature that the designer calls his “drop of joy” motif, with rose-cut and brilliant-cut natural pink and colorless diamond accents.

The word “harakh” translates to joy and underlines the designer’s exuberant approach to high jewelry.

“Working with [Mehta] to create custom jewelry for le Bal was a dream—each piece was so intricately and thoughtfully crafted,” Li said.

“I am very touched by Harakh’s ability to bring my stories to life and combine meaning with generations of craftsmanship. I could not be happier to wear jewelry so authentic to me and my values to le Bal.”

20191216 Harakh4A Harakh bracelet worn to le Bal
In recent years, le Bal’s charity partners have included New York City’s Seleni Institute, a mental health organization benefiting adult women and teenage mothers, and Enfants d’Asie, which promotes women’s education in Southeast Asia.

According to le Bal’s website, the annual event has financed the education of 1,100 girls each year.


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