Jewelry is something you don’t get enough of. But, it is important that you have the right kind of jewelry and are updated with the latest jewelry trends. If you are not a jewelry person, at least maintain a checklist that you have the required essentials for occasions and events ranging from weddings to job interviews. A tiny piece of jewelry represents your individuality and style. Make sure you do it well.
Here are some wedding jewelry essentials you should consider:
1. Maang tikka : Maang tikka is like the symbol of a traditional Indian bride. It comes in varied forms like single tikka, whole head jewelry type tikka, passa or jhoomar tikka, Borla type tikka. The make of the tikka could be in costume jewelry using kundan or semi precious stones or in fine jewelry like diamonds, rubies or even polki. No limitation to what it can be worn with. Lehengas, anarkalis, sharara types suits, even Indian style gowns. It’s a beautiful hair accessory, makes maang tikka a must have.
2. Haatha phool : As the name suggests, a hand accessory. More of a bridal jewelry essential, Haath phool is jewelry for the hands. You will be astounded to see the varied designs and styles related to this little piece of hand jewelry. Now quite contemporized as even the Hollywood celebs like Kelly Clarkson have flaunted it in the recent past. Your well-manicured hand deserves this beautiful hand accessory and let your pretty hands do the talking.
3. Lehenga belt: A versatile waist accessory. Tied like a belt around the waist delineating the curves, making you look thinner in the most fashionable way. Can be worn on lehengas and saris and even anarkalis. It could have embellisments like semi precious stones or uncut diamonds or could be in polki or kundan depending upon the budget you have for the belt.
4. Toe ring, nose ring and anklets: Toe rings, most common in Rajasthani culture, make an important and traditional jewelry essential. Usually found in silver metal, this accessory should be worn in pairs only. Dated back to the Ramayana times, Toe rings are symbolic of a married state.
Also, an indian bride cannot look complete without the nose ring. Either a hoop or a just a simple string from the nose attached to the hair pinned on one side. Dated back to the Mughal era, it looks royal and elegant.
Anklet/ payal as called in indian terms, is also another foot accessory, which make an important jewelry box essential. Made in sliver or gold, makes beautiful aesthetic noise. So, don’t leave your foot unattended on your wedding day.
5. Cocktail rings: On the more contemporary side, you should always have a few cocktail rings in your jewelry box. Came into fashion in the 1930’s as women wore huge rings to cocktail parties in that era, a cocktail ring is a like any other ring but with a huge stone in the center. Imitations of huge solitaires, Rubies, sapphires, Crystals and even Swarovski elements can be used as the center stone Mostly, the stone is faux because the real stone would cost a fortune. It is advisable to buy cocktail rings in costume jewelry form making it affordable to buy. Cocktail rings can be worn with all kinds of outfits, whether Indian or western.
6. Pearls: One of most beautiful natural stones is pearl, being rare and valuable represents elegance and class. You cannot avoid having a statement pearl necklace and earrings in your box. A must have in your jewelry box, can be worn with outfits ranging from gowns to saris. Elegance has no boundaries and so do pearls. Even a lot of traditional Indian necklaces incorporate pearls along with polki to give a fusion look to the neckpiece. A combination of Pearls with diamonds and precious stones looks stunning. Pearls look best with pastel shades in outfits.
By: Vidhi Sagar