Jewellery Inspiration for The Modern Bride

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It’s that time of the year again where Indian brides splurge on their bridal attire, hair and make up, bridesmaids and what more. But, it doesn’t stop there. An Indian bride’s trousseau is never complete without her jewellery for that added bling or sparkle. Indian bridal jewellery contributes to your overall look and captures the essence of different cultures, whether it’s north or south Indian inspired, traditional or contemporary. Jewellery has the power to make a bride feel like a princess on the most important day of her life.

This wedding season, the modern Indian bride is rediscovering her tradition. At India International Jewellery Week (IIJW), jewellery designers showcased exquisite and breathtaking collections with most marrying the old-world styles with Indo-Western contemporary design aesthetics.

In this post, we cover the various styles of jewellery as seen on the runways, highlight popular brands as well as feature key bridal looks.

ORNAMENTAL GOLD

For Indians, gold is a symbol of purity, opulence, class or prosperity. The fascination with gold combined with weddings will never grow old.

Tanishq

Tanishq is a brand that has become synonymous with high level craftsmanship, purity, bespoke designs and overall exceptional quality. Their collection, titled ‘Divyam’ is heritage focussed, comprised of intricate heirloom pieces created from 22 carat gold and precious gem stones. Inspired by the temples of India, this exquisitely crafted ethnic-contemporary collection is incredibly versatile and so elegant, it will complement modern or traditional bridal wear.

 

On opening day of IIJW, Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla channeled an ethnic glam look for Tanishq. Dressed in a maroon and black lehenga
choli,Juhi looked stunning bedecked in a magnificent layered temple bridal necklace set, maang tikka and gold rings. The choker was a
particularstand out featuring cut diamonds and gemstones.

Tanishq’s regal wedding collection features ornate jhumkis in various shapes and sizes, classic rani haar necklaces, chokers, statement bangles and rings.

Shobha Shringar

Shobha Shringar’s versatile South Indian and Rajasthani inspired jewellery also has a very festive vibe. The meticulously crafted pieces have been specifically designed to be worn during the festival and wedding season. 

Featuring uncut diamonds and pearls, the striking jewellery fuses ethnic and western styles appealing to every bride.

Chitrangada

Chitrangada Singh’s traditional attire was complemented beautifully with Shobhaa Shringar’s jewellery.
Wearing a striking borla maang tikka, layered gold necklaces, armlet and delicate bracelets, the actress dazzled in her bridal avatar.

Shobha Shringar’s classic and contemporary jewellery can be cherished for generations. Undoubtedly one of the best collections showcased at IIJW.

Traditional bridal jewellery is always a favourite with many brides and Tanishq and Shobha Shringar’s latest offerings will inspire brides who wish to keep their look authentic and timeless.

GLITTERING GEMSTONES

Gemstones have long been a part of Indian bridal jewellery and there’s no doubting that whether it’s rubies, emeralds or even pearls, these sparkly numbers enhance any wedding sari or lehenga.

Moni Agarwal

Moni Agarwal’s ‘Zohrakshi’ collection, inspired by nature’s flowers, has given timeless pieces a modern twist. Her sophisticated jewels are studded with rubies, emeralds and pearls.

 

Tennis star, Sania Mirza’s exquisite bridal set was cast in diamonds, gemstones as well as pearls.

Moni’s elaborate sets are embellished with emeralds, rubies and pearls. On the runway, statement necklaces were beautifully balanced with dramatic earrings. The jewellery sets were paired beautifully against pure kanchipuram silk sari’s. Add a bit of sparkle to your reception look with a Zohrakshi set.

Surya Golds

Another brand to embrace colour at IIJW was Surya Golds. Their well crafted jewellery combines Indian and Western techniques created with precious stones and Swarovski Zirconia.

Surya Golds’ pendant necklace sets featuring peacock motifs that are not only striking, but also add a sense of youthfulness. 

Pataudi princess, Soha Ali Khan looked ethereal in her sparkling crown as she sashayed down the runway for Surya Golds.

Pataudi princess, Soha Ali Khan looked ethereal in her sparkling crown as she sashayed down the runway for Surya Golds.

Peacock motif jewellery blends effortlessly with modern or traditional attire and will make any bride stand out at her wedding.

Anand Shah

Last but not least, Anand Shah’s breathtaking use of gemstones in his goddess-like yellow metal pieces is outstanding. 

Richa Chadda’s grecian princess look was enhanced by the striking headpiece.

Richa Chadda’s grecian princess look was enhanced by this striking headpiece

Comprised of bespoke chokers, rani hair necklaces, elaborate head gear, accessories and bracelets, the collection has a very contemporary feel and was one of the standouts at this year’s jewellery week.

For that added royal treatment, gemstones will lighten up any bride’s face and accentuate her overall look. Coloured stones and pearls are more likely to stand out against mono-toned outfits, but don’t be afraid to mix and match.

DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND

Speak of diamonds and this gets any bride-to-be’s heart racing. These days more brides are experimenting with contemporary looks blended with traditional aesthetics and this is where diamonds come into play.

Aara By Avantika and Dhruv Singh

Actress, Evelyn Sharma looked like a royal princess, wearing a Dhruv Singh diamond encrusted choker and complementing chandlier earrings.

Actress, Evelyn Sharma looked like a royal princess, wearing a Dhruv Singh diamond encrusted choker and complementing chandlier earrings

Avantika Kumar Agarwal and Dhruv Singh’s breathtaking pieces consist of diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones. The National Institute of Design graduates presented impressive and delicate pieces that can be paired with traditional or western gowns.

Yoube Jewellery

Yoube Jewellery’s artisanal diamond jewellery is a unique blend of Victorian grandeur and traditional Indian elements.

Their latest collection oozes luxury. Owners Ashok Barmecha and his son Aakash Barmecha pride themselves on producing high quality and bespoke designs that are elegant, luxurious and feminine and appeal to all tastes.

Aditi Rao Hydari’s statement Yoube pearl and diamond layered necklace makes for the perfect reception party look.

Aditi Rao Hydari’s statement Yoube pearl and diamond layered necklace makes for the perfect reception party look.

At IIJW, models graced the runway in elegant gowns adorned with elaborately designed sets. Yellow, white and rose gold sets featured fine diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls.

This season pair striking diamond earrings with a classic, yet elegant bracelet and necklace.

Diamond jewellery is versatile and can be paired to suit most occasions. Best not to wear oversized pieces during the day time functions though.

PRETTY POLKI & CLASSIC KUNDAN

Polki versus kundan. What’s the difference? Firstly, polki is more expensive than kundan stone because simply put, it’s uncut diamond. Traditionally polki is used in Rajasthani jewellery and is always in demand during the wedding season due to its natural, untouched glossy shine and detailed craftsmanship. Kundan is glass stone typically cast in pure gold and more popular with North Indian brides.

Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers

Well renowned jewellery artisans and pioneers of Kundan Minakari (enamelling) work, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers sublime collection titled ‘Adaa’ draws inspiration from the powerful women rulers of yesteryears who maintained a strong sense of style and elegance. 

Preity Zinta as Mughal Empress, Jodha Bai, dressed in a royal red lehenga choli and delicate kundan and polki jewellery. The traditional borla drop matha patti and necklace were particular standouts.

Preity Zinta as Mughal Empress, Jodha Bai, dressed in a royal red lehenga choli and delicate kundan and polki jewellery.
The traditional borla drop matha patti and necklace were particular standouts.

Despite having an old-world charm about it, the collection is timeless and elegant. For brides who are seeking more traditional forms of jewellery for their wedding, Birdhichand is your go to brand for exceptional quality and brilliance.

Jewels By Preeti 

Preeti Jain from Jewels By Preeti showcased colourful butterfly inspired jewels created with gemstones and polki diamonds. The designer’s creations have a worldly appeal and cater to all age groups.

There are delicate headgears, bracelets, waistbands, rings and exquisitely crafted haars and necklaces. Set with 22 carat gold, the polki diamond sets are versatile enough to be worn with western or South-Asian attire.

Indian actress, Ileana D’cruz sported a diamond and emerald necklace, armlet and gorgeous drop earrings.

Indian actress, Ileana D’cruz sported a diamond and emerald necklace, armlet and gorgeous drop earrings.

Sunil Jewellers

Jaipur based manufacturers, Sunil Jewellers utilise modern techniques in their traditionally handcrafted pieces. Sunil Jewellers’ specialty is in its heritage kundan meena work. The collections feature antique gold work, engraving and quality polki diamonds.

‘Ethnica’ has been designed to match conventional and elegant bridal wear.

Kriti Sanon as Sunil Jewellers showstopper.

Kriti Sanon as Sunil Jewellers showstopper.

Both polki and kundan sets are best suited for the regal bride who wants to shine on her wedding day. Rich in heritage and tradition, these brands would make any bride feel like a princess.

Traditional is trendy this wedding season. Embrace all the favourites. Whether its vintage gold, coloured stones, classy diamonds or polki and kundan stone, there’s a look to suit everyone and every piece has its own dignified place in a bride’s trousseau.

IIJW 2015 was a star studded event featuring television stars, Bollywood celebrities and well-known dignitaries. Actress, Sonam Kapoor shone as the brand ambassador, particularly on the final day. Sonam captivated the audience dressed in a lilac Shyamal & Bhumika lehenga choli and accessorized beautifully with exquisite jhumkis.

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For more bridal jewellery inspiration, stay tuned to The Maharani Diaries. What are your favourite wedding jewellery styles? Let us know in the comments below.

*Images and content courtesy of Indian Express, Boldsky, Times Of India, Vogue India, IIJW and Diamond World.

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  1. Zach Thalman
    Zach Thalman says:

    I think it is pretty interesting how ornamental gold is starting to come back. I haven’t really seen gold in many of the jewellers until recently. I think people are starting to see how beautiful the element is. I really think that it will be mainstream again in a few years.

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