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Today, every bride wants stylish jewellery that she can flaunt at her wedding and later continue wearing at different occasions, rather than stowing it away in bank lockers. Here’s a list of must-have jewellery for every woman as well as trends and easy styling tips. Thank You #JetWings for featuring my article in the the inflight magazine of Jet Airways, February 2018 issue 🙂
Must-have jewellery pieces for every woman.
1. A Stunning Necklace
It is easily the most striking piece of jewellery on a bride. Make sure you get this one right.
Trends: Statement necklaces and their trends depend on the cultural traditions being followed in that part of the country. It could range from diamonds to gold, and polki to kundan.
Styling Tip: A layered and detachable necklace will give a fuller look that is required for the big day. It can later be detached and single pieces can be worn as per the occasion. This way, your ‘heavy’ piece of jewellery is not restricted only to your wedding but can be used repeatedly. Specifically in a diamond necklace, detachable gemstone strings could be added to make it more wearable.
2. Kada or Bangles
Bangles and kadas are an integral part of women’s trousseau. While some brides prefer having their wrists full of dainty bangles, many others prefer an understated look with a couple of kadas instead.
Trends: One can never go wrong with a pair of diamond or gold bangles, which can be worn at almost every occasion.
Styling Tip: Broad kadas can also be paired with your many Indian out ts. Instead of wearing a bunch that you probably wore for your wedding, wear only one on each wrist for that chic look.
3. Statement Earrings
A dazzling pair of earrings can be the showstopper, especially with an understated necklace or no neckpiece at all.
Trends: Chandelier and dangler earrings, besides shoulder-duster styles are in vogue, which means those gorgeous chunky ones you flaunted at your wedding can easily be worn again.
Styling Tip: Detachable earrings could be used as multipurpose wear. You can also pair your traditional earrings with western wear like a smart pantsuit or an elegant evening gown; this is something a number of Indian celebrities such as Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt have done at recent red carpet events.
4. Maangtikka and Hathphool
The maangteeka (hair chain) and haathphool (hand chain worn as a ring connected to a bracelet that goes across the back of the palm) are pieces worn across the country, with subtle differences.
Trends: We have Bollywood to thank for reviving these trends. The maangteeka even has competition
in the form of the graceful passa worn to one side on the hair.
Styling Tip: You can customise an existing necklace to wear it as hair jewellery or vice versa, change up the maangteeka to be worn as a pendant too, which makes it more functional. Today, hair chains and hand chains are worn at all events from sangeet/mehendi functions and wedding ceremonies, and even music festivals!
4. Engagement Rings & Diamond Rings
Be it your engagement ring or the first diamond ring that you treated yourself to with your own money, this is easily the most precious, cherished piece in a woman’s jewellery box.
Trend: A diamond ring, irrespective of the size of the diamond, hasn’t gone out of style in decades, and is not likely to. Customise it by adding a personalised message inside the ring.
Styling Tip: If you want this ring to be the cynosure of all eyes, avoid crowding your hands with too many bangles or rings.
5. Cocktail Ring
The cocktail ring is a statement piece in itself. When worn in accordance with the outfit and occasion, this is enough to notch up your bling quotient for the evening.
Trends: Bold gemstones work well for this type of ring. Rings with play of metal textures or briolette or rose-cut diamonds work well. A combination of polki with smaller diamonds is another trend to watch out for.
Styling Tip: Pick from bold, chunky, trendy pieces or large but simple and classic, and then pair away.
6. Pearl String
There’s no better example of the elegance a pearl string can lend than the Late Maharani Gayatri Devi, who, through the years, immortalised the beauty of pearl necklaces and strings.
Trends: There are few jewellery trends that can be termed as ‘classic’ and a pearl string is definitely one of them. To play with colours, women are shifting from a classic white to coloured pearls, such as golden, grey, pink or black. Also gaining fame are Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls.
Styling Tip: One can seldom go wrong with a classic pearl string. This is one piece of jewellery that can effortlessly be worn with formal, casual or work wear. Pair it with everything from a saree to a summer dress.
7. Pair Of Studs
An absolute must-have, be it a pair of diamond solitaire earrings, gold studs or gemstone ones.
Trends: For the longest time, diamond studs/solitaires have dominated the trend but Indian women have also forever loved their trusted gold studs. The gemstone stud can also help add vibrancy to your ensemble.
Styling Tip: This is most suited for brunches, smaller occasions or for elegant sit-down dinners.