Earlier, they were considered fit for grandma’s jewellery box. Not anymore! Ethnic jewellery has gone from adorning dazzling Bollywood stars to taking its place in Hollywood and even the Oscars. The growing fancy for Indian accessories has given rise to an eclectic collection that’s elegant, subtle and downright perfect for those who want to carry the old-age charm, in a modern way. Let’s dive into a few favourite accessories that simply must see the insides of every jewellery box.
These crescent-shaped earrings can add glam to everything – from a simple cotton kurta to a jadau-designed lehenga. Off late, pearls have made a huge comeback, making its appearance in various ethnic accessories including chandbalis. Team pearl-studded chandbalis with long gowns for a novel look. For more traditional attires, consider earrings with openwork and enamel shades that match the outfit.
2. Maang Tikka
If it’s a friend’s wedding or mehandi night, there’s a smart way to stand out from the crowd. How about a single-strand, stone-studded maang tikka furnished with gemstones such as a ruby, or pink sapphire to the outfit? Also, pair them with floor-length ethnic gowns and anarkalis for a regal charm.
An age-old beauty that doesn’t diminish with time – a kada with elegant kundan work, gracing your wrist can take the attire up a notch. Pair three or four sleek bangles or choose a single broad kada on either wrist for an elegant appeal. Match these with ethnic sarees or long kurtas for that special look.
4. Cocktail Ring
Make the simplest outfits come alive by adding on a cocktail ring. From large gemstones to cutwork and embellished bands, there are a number of options to choose from. For fusion-style sarees choose a large silver or gold ring with intricate surface designs. A cocktail ring in oxidised silver embedded with jewels is a great piece if you are into statement jewellery. It is the perfect accessory to help you stand out at any party and adds that necessary bit of desi glam to any outfit, ethnic or western.
5. Princess Chains
A gold or silver chain, if styled well, can make all the difference between a dull and drop-dead-gorgeous look. A plain chain can be teamed with different kinds of pendants – small diamonds, large floral motifs, enamel-based lattice pendants and so on. Another good option is a layered chain interspersed with beads or other elements.
With these top five essentials, stepping out in style for any occasion– whether it be an unexpected dinner with the girlfriends or a besties special day, becomes a no-brainer. Did we miss something? Let us know your jewellery essentials in the comments below.