"If this is not #gutsontoast, we don't know what is!"
Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima Kapoor who had been called out for plagiarising a jewellery design has issued a public apology on her Instagram account.
The mother of one owns a jewellery line called R Jewelery by Riddhima Kapoor Sahni Jewellery.
Riddhima launched a festive jewellery range just in time for Christmas. This collection includes a pair of pearl and diamond earrings.
However, Kapoor was accused of plagiarism, after she mistakingly forgot to tag the original designer in the picture she uploaded of the earrings.
The collection is an inspiration from designs of Kokichi Mikimoto. But Ridhima did not put this information in her initial post on Instagram.
The original post has been taken down from Riddhima’s Instagram account, but not before she was accused of copying the designs.
Instagram page Diet Sabya called out Riddhima for the designs, accusing her of copying the design of the earrings.
Diet Sabya put up a picture of the original Kokichi Mikimoto earrings next to the identical design by Riddhima. The page wrote a caption alongside it.
“The legendary Kokichi Mikimoto is known in the pearl world as the ‘King of Pearls’.
“His ‘cultured pearls’ —patented in 1916 — is a benchmark for the industry at large.
“So, naturally ‘Jewellery designer of the year’ @riddhimakapoorsahniofficial couldn’t help herself from selling the iconic Mikimoto pearl and diamond earrings under her namesake label.
“If this is not #gutsontoast, we don’t know what is! #gandi #dietsabya #copy #riddhimakapoorsahni #mikimoto #mikimotopearls.”
Diet Sabya is an anonymous Instagram account that calls out fashion imitations and copies. The account is famous for its blunt statements and no-nonsense attitude.
It has amassed over 125,000 followers on Instagram. Several celebrities including actresses Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt follow the account.
In response to the accusation, Riddhima and her team put out a post on Instagram, clarifying the design was an inspiration from Kokichi Mikimoto.
However, the team mistakenly forgot to tag the designer in it. The post reads:
“Dear Insta Family, We at Riddhima Kapoor Sahni Jewelry do not encourage plagiarism.
“We are extremely sorry for not tagging the original designer for an inspirational post of the diamond & pearl earrings by Mikimoto Kokichi – a legend with pearls!
“We respect the creativity of every designer & would never copy & disregard any of them! Thank you.”
Riddhima, daughter of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor has always stayed out of the limelight.
Shunning the bright lights of Bollywood, Riddhima chose to focus on her jewellery brand instead
She married Bharat Sahni, a Delhi-based businessman 12 years ago. The couple are parents to 7-year old Samara Sahni.
In addition to her jewellery, Riddhima recently launched a children’s clothing brand. Naming it ‘Sam & Friends’ after her daughter, the range features plenty of glitzy outfits for kids.
Riddhima and daughter Samara are modelling the clothes on the brand’s Instagram account.
The mother-daughter look great as they twin in matching ensembles.
R Jewelery by Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has plenty of celebrity clients that buy and support the brand.
Riddhima also often gifts Bollywood stars with her designs. An emerald bracelet was given to actress Sonam Kapoor as a wedding gift.
Sonam shared a picture of herself wearing the bracelet on her Instagram story. She wrote:
“How gorgeous @riddhimakapoorsahniofficial,” alongside a heart emoji.
We hope that this plagiarism accusation does not affect Riddhima’s business. This was a genuine mistake on the part of Riddhima.
As the original post of the earrings has been taken down, no harm was done on this occasion.
Now that an apology and a clarification has come from Riddhima Kapoor, she can continue to flourish with her jewellery brand.