7 Bridal Jewelry Essentials By Indian Jewellers At Times Glamour
Just as swanky cars and lavish houses, jewelry is a luxury that Indians love to indulge in. What could be auspicious than purchasing for a wedding? Indian weddings are colourful and filled with grandeur in abundance. So much so, that this grandeur can be paraded through ones jewels.
Jewelry is that component of a bride’s look which enhances not only her beauty, but is also the key to bring out the elements of her ensemble thats reflects in her personality. Like planning a wedding, planning jewelry for the wedding occasion and trousseau takes long, if not more. It’s advisable and essential to plan in advance with your jeweler to gain clarity on your budgets and the jewelry you could expect from the same. Discussing the same with the top jewelers across India, at the recently held Times Glamour in Mumbai, here are a few ‘must-haves’ for the gen-x bride to be and the essentials in her jewelry box.
Polki (Jadav) Or Diamond Choker Or Necklace Set
Be it heirloom or a customised set, Jadav jewelry is unique in itself. In my opinion, for the Jewelry Aficionados, this is a must have! Alternatively, one can also opt for a classic diamond necklace set. Off late women tend to opt for necklaces in Platinum, while Gold remains the most preferred one.
Style Tip- If opting for a choker or necklace set that spreads well on the neck, ensure the accessories along are minimal.
Long Rani Haar
Rani Haar is a long necklace or sets of two or more necklaces / layers combined together usually worn below a necklace or choker. Traditionally they were made in 22kt gold with intricate filigree, craftsmanship or combined with Jadav. So for that “Rani like” look this is a must have.
Style Tip- When opting for a Rani Haar, do keep in mind that it doesnt over power the necklace or choker. A fair balance needs to be maintained unless wearing the haar by itself.
Ruby Or Emerald Necklace Set
Colors are the essence of a jewelry, especially Indian Jewelry. Colored gems by themselves or encased with diamonds stand out if adorned appropriately with ethnic ensembles. The big 3- i.e. Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire hale back to centuries. However considering the gems in vogue, Tanzanite is the new biggie.
Style Tip- Emeralds look best when set in White Gold and Rubies in Yellow Gold. Do keep the color of your gems and base metal in mind when selecting your attire to avoid last minute surprises.
Many may consider Pearls as “Old Age” jewelry. However, when one looks back at “Age Old” jewelry, royal families considered pearls lucky and a symbol of peace. A pearl string is indeed one of the most versatile ornaments which could be worn by itself not only on occasions or festivals but for formal dinners and to work.
Style Tip- Looks best when worn with white or colors.
Generally Indian brides tend to stack bangles on their wedding day. It’s said, A bride is expected to wear real gold or diamond bangles. However, in some Indian cultures, it is customary to wear colourful glass bangle.
Style Tip- Do not stack too many bangles or in a way that none stand out and merge into each other.
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Jhumkas Or Chandeliers
Jhumkas are an ageless design that have been in vogue for years! Traditional Jhumkas are made of gold filigree, nakshi in the form of chandeliers in circular dome or conical or bell shapes. They may be single or layers.
Style Tip- Jhumkas by themselves look great worn with traditional indian wear or over a saree.
Lastly, add a cocktail ring to glamorize your look. Studded with diamonds or bold gemstones, a cocktail ring definitely works wonders when teamed with the perfect ensemble.
Style Tip- Looks best when contrasted with the attire. Do remember to wear it away from your engagement ring as you do not want it to steal the show!
Why wait to get hitched? StylePrer suggests some smart investments before marriage while you treat yourself to your first jewelry. These may be practical for celebrations, work, daily wear, pre and post marriage.
Light Daily Wear Bracelet Or Tennis Bracelet
It is a very simplistic and classic option to own one of these. Tennis bracelets are eternal and will never go out of style! It can be definitely worn casually and on formal occasions. I would say this is a staple along with a pair of diamond studs.
Pair of diamond studs
Wear them as studs or interchangeable and detachable, multiple options are available these days for studs to worn be worn solo or with a jacket.
Gold or Kundan Necklace Set or Pendant Set
Opting for a simple white kundan set can easily be matched with different outfits as it blends beautifully with indian wear. If it’s too traditional for you, a plain gold necklace set will do the job. Dare to wear them over westerns! And you will definitely make a style statement!