Travelling with Jewelry – Do’s and Dont’s
The only tears you should be crying at a wedding are tears of happiness – happiness at seeing your friend, sister, cousin or loved one tying the knot and beginning a new life.
But when you need to travel for a destination wedding, you run the risk of losing your valuables in transit, misplacing it, or worse – theft! And the tears that inevitably show up on the big day are not the good kind.
Never fear, here are a few ideas for you to substitute wearing your gold and precious stones for something equally elegant, yet much cheaper. Because we can’t compromise on style, can we?
SEMI PRECIOUS STONES
Semi precious stones can be a stunning alternative to wedding jewelry. Although they may not sparkle like real gems, you will find them in a variety of colours to match your outfit. Stones like Amethyst, Turquoise, Opal, Topaz, Garnet, etc can be incorporated into every item in your set, from jhumkas to anklets – to achieve a coordinated look.
You have probably seen this beautiful vintage looking jewelry at traditional weddings. Not only is it intricate and unique, but its metal lace-like appearance makes it appear dainty, yet strong and durable. Substitute gold neckpieces for plated filigree ones to achieve the “rich and heavy” look that Indian weddings demand.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA JEWELRY
Skipping the diamonds for cubic zirconia and Swarovski is a smart choice. While your accessories will be of lower quality metals, instead of gemstones, diamonds and rhinestones, it will be replaced with crystal and American diamonds. This is your chance to wear a stunning piece without the hefty price tag.
You can never go wrong with pearls. Their soft glow and understated look is what makes them work with every attire. Choose simple pearl jewellery to look elegant, especially when your lehenga or sari is heavily beaded or sequinned – as pearl never fights for attention.
Another great option you have is to choose from a wide range of stylish metals like rose gold, lower karat gold, bronze, copper, white gold, titanium and more. The benefit here is you don’t have to worry about gems falling off cheap jewelry. Plus, if you’re dress is elaborate, you won’t look overwhelmed with complex designs and sparkling gems.
In travel its preferable to opt for Kundan jewelry instead of Polki for an easy to carry yet elegant look.
Non precious accessories like a hand harness and head gear will lend you a quirky yet versatile look.
Leave your valuables and worries at home and enjoy the wedding festivities instead. Opt for traditional designs made with non expensive materials to have the best of both worlds.