Meet Rosh Mahtani, founder of Alighieri

The jewellery designer reveals her wardrobe secrets and weakness for Italian food

Written by Clara Strunck April 14, 2021

Spotted on tastemakers from Vanessa Kingori to Pooja Mor, it’s hardly an overstatement to say Alighieri jewellery is every stylish woman’s go-to. Born in London and raised in Zambia, Rosh Mahtani studied French and Italian literature at Oxford University, where she fell in love with Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The poem inspired her to found Alighieri in 2014 – these days, the brand’s talismanic, gold designs, made in Rosh’s Hatton Garden studios, are nothing short of iconic. Given her dedication to Dante and his work, it’s perhaps no surprise that Rosh is a devotee of all things Italian, swearing by good coffee, pasta and prosecco. Invite her round for dinner, meanwhile, and you’ll be greeted with an antipasti feast. Her one post-lockdown wish? To share supper with friends in the sunshine – with an Italian menu, of course.

The most used appliance in my kitchen is…

My cafetière.

The one cookbook everyone should own…

Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi.

In my fridge you’ll always find…

Avocados.

Favourite item from The Sette is…

The crystal champagne coupes.

My most memorable meal…

For my 21st birthday, I cooked a cherry tomato sausage bake with mashed potatoes for about 40 of my friends in my old university apartment – it was a rustic and magical feast.

No celebration is complete without…

Prosecco.

When I’m invited to dinner I always take…

Antipasti. Big green olives, capers and bruschetta remind me of living in Italy.

The restaurant I’ll be rushing to after lockdown is…

Jikoni on Blandford Street in London.

My guilty pleasure is…

Fresh pasta with olive oil, garlic and chilli. It’s so simple, but I could eat it every night!

For dinner tonight…

Ravioli! I do love Italian food, after all.

Jet-sette… favourite holiday spot?

Florence is my happy place.

Sette the record straight… something people might not know about you?

I don’t own very many clothes! I’ve been wearing the same outfits for the last four years. Once I find something I like, I stick with it.

Sunrise or sunsette… favourite time of the day?

Sunrise, as I love the potential of the day ahead.

Heart sette on… what’s on your wishlist?

An Italian meal with friends in the sunshine.