Scintillating Silver Jewelry For Navratri
The Indian festive season is in full swing. It’s that time of the year, which more than often reminds me of my school and college days when my friends and I would almost raid the stores and streets that carried the trendiest lehenga, cholis and funky silver jewelry. Get ready for nine days of devotion and dance as we bring to you a handful of silver jewelry options that will definitely add some oomph to your rhythm this Navratri.
Oxidized silver jewelry finds its origin from Kutch (Gujarat, India) and it could be matched or contrasted with rich embroidered garments. We feel, any kind of jewelry including silver or white metal (an alloy of tin and other metals) is the way to go for this flamboyant festival.
Another head turner this season will be fabric based-gem or bead studded jewelled necklaces, accessories and hand harness. Off late many designers, especially fashion jewelry, accessory and fabric designers have launched various collections with this work and is available online and offline stores. It looks best worn over a single tone outfit.
Style Tip- We suggest to wear a big round “bindi” on the forehead along with a beautiful smile t in. Think Colorful! Think different!
Tracing back to tradition, it’s believed this jewelry is a significance of a technique that has embossed patterns on silver sheets and wires, coupled with glass or coloured beads and ghungroos to add some melody! The antique finish given to the silver brings out more definition to the embossed design. One can find an array of repetitive motives in circular, paisley, indian traditional and geometric forms or hollow embossed beads of different shapes and sizes. Although the jewelry may seem to be of a considerable size, it may not necessarily weigh as heavy as it looks! Thanks to the skilled manufacturing techniques that have evolved over the years. We have also noticed women opting for enamelled silver jewelry considering the play of colors in it.
Gone are the days when one would stick to matching jewelry with their outfit. You needn’t spend thousands of bucks to look trendy anymore. Simply contrast or mix-n-match your attire with the jewelry! Opt for a bold choker or layered necklace with multiple dangling elements around your neck. Alternatively a large oxidised pendant gives an ethnic look when paired with heavy jhumkas or chandbaalis. We have noticed, men in metros and B towns are exploring and in process of opening to the idea of wearing ethnic or chunky jewelry, however traditionally men in Gujrat and Rajasthan wear a significant amount of jewelry. They give an equal competition to women in dressing and adorning jewelry, if not more. Having said that, men are becoming experimental and conscious of their looks. We feel, a black kurta with churidar or denims, mojris or closed sandals make the safest bet. Add a chunky bracelet / ring or pendant and you will definitely have people eyeing your look.
Break The Rule
Bored of the typical lehenga choli. How about pairing a colored crop top / shoulder top with a dhoti or long skirt that works as a chanya. Alternatively you could wear a white kurta with denims by itself or compliment it with a colored stole or dupatta. White being neutral, your jewelry will stand out. If necklace, jhumka isn’t your style then try quirky hand harness, armband, head gear, nose ring, anklet, ring, waist band, cuff or stackable bangles.
Style Tip- One statement piece works the best. Avoid loose or hanging jewelry or something delicate that might breakage while swaying to music.
Running out of time to go jewelry shopping! Don’t stress! These quick tips will help you make fruitful use of jewelry from your grandmother’s or your own jewelry box.
- Think Innovative- Chuck the choker! Wear it as an armlet or a hand kada like an anklet.
- Get Experimental- Experiment placing a pendant/necklace on the forehead. If the hair is well done, it would make a great maangtikka or head gear (personally I love experimenting with headgears).
- The Simple Mantra- Donning too much jewelry isn’t your style, simply wear a waist belt or a traditional mirror and shell fabric based belt.
- Not playing garba or dandiyas this year! You needn’t worry, put on bright colored clothes, swank some jewelry and most important of all, wear a big smile to work or at home for that feel good factor!
- Payal’s (silver anklets) with ghungroos look chic and stylish along with a sweet “chan chan” sound.
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StylePrer feels, to avoid any fall, ensure your lehenga, chanya, skirt or dhoti isnt too long or sticking below your feet. Wear comfortable footwear. Navratri is meant for enjoying the festival, dancing your heart out and not drinking to get smashed. Be very careful that you don’t drink and drive!
Wishing You All A Very Happy, Safe And Melodious Navratri!