Indian jewellery is perhaps one of the most versatile forms of jewellery in the world. With a rich history and heritage to get inspired from, it is no wonder that there is plenty of scope to keep evolving, experimenting, and adorning!
That said, it is more important than ever for the Indian bride to look her stunning best. After all, on your special day, you want to be the charm of all eyes. This is one occasion where you can go all out and get creative. As each bride wishes to look beautiful and strikingly different, the year's trends also come into play. So, making it easier for you to shop jewellery for a particular time in your life is the aim of this blog. Read on to know all about the trends for 2021.
Go the traditional route
Yes, traditional jewellery has always been a classic statement. And whether you have heritage jewellery that's been passed on to you as heirloom pieces, or you go shopping for antique jewellery designs, weddings offer a perfect occasion. Like many brides, you too can opt for a mix, as you get pieces specifically designed or complementing your traditional heirloom pieces. The metal for traditional jewellery for weddings was typically gold, but the trends in 2021 indicate otherwise. You can choose any metal with conventional designs. Not only are these beautiful accessories to traditional bridal attire, but they also go well with modern drapes.
Tip: Instead of shopping for one-off pieces, ensure that you get an entire set to complete your look for the attire. Also, pairing bright pieces of gold with colourful coloured attires and dull or matte gold pieces with dull or matte coloured attire is a sure winner.
Opt for statement pieces
When shopping for Indian bridal jewellery sets that are, trends indicate brides opt for a few key statement pieces of jewellery. So, if you have a large forehead, then a maang tika may complement you perfectly. Today various elaborate pieces are bold and beautiful as well. A stunning piece that becomes the centre of attraction can be your focal jewellery, as you work your look around it. A lovely waistband is also a great statement piece to own. Whatever jewellery you choose as your statement pieces, do keep in mind that they frame your body in a complementing manner. You can ensure this by trying the entire set before the wedding and clicking a few pictures of yourself.
Tip: Base your choice of a statement piece on the features you'd like to highlight. For example, play with the length of layered necklaces based on the length of your neck and the kind of neckline of your dress.
Keep your look clutter-free
As weddings are a grand occasion, many brides often make the mistake of cluttering up their looks. Heavy dresses with elaborate embroidery tend to get paired with heavy jewellery with intricate work. The focal point of the look usually gets lost with such combinations. Trends this year indicate the importance of keeping your look clutter-free. Rather than wearing heavy jewellery with heavy clothes and heavy makeup, try to strike a balance. For example, pair a huge maang tika with a smaller bindi, so that the two complement each other and the former does not cover up the latter.
Tip: A happy smile, a few key pieces of beautiful jewellery and a lovely dress can keep you look stunning on your special day. However, do sort out what you would wish to wear for each of the wedding functions so that your look is different, fresh and clutter-free for various occasions.
Opt for cross-cultural pieces
The beauty of Indian culture lies in its diversity. Each Indian state has its kind of jewellery design to offer. Thus while the kasuluperu is a stunning necklace from South India, the Maharashtrian Nath and Bengali-styled chokers are other favourites. With a growing number of cross-cultural marriages, various cross-cultural pieces are also finding their way into the bridal trousseau. Today's brides aren't just limiting themselves to one particular culture but are picking up pieces from the culture of the length and breadth of India as well.
Tip: Pairing your jewellery from across cultures needs to be done with care, for enhancing your unique look.
Polki jewellery gains attention
This year, the polki jewellery pieces are being picked up by brides as the jewellery of choice. These uncut diamonds mined from the earth offer the right amount of grandeur and elegance to bridal attire. One of the historical forms of diamond cutting, the rough cut is beautiful and charming. Also, those with limited budgets needn't worry about the expense involved. While original polki jewellery can be costly, there are artificial options available to choose from as well.
Tip: There is a vivid variety of polki jewellery to choose from, and if your favourite physical store does not offer them, try the online stores as well.
Opt for pearls and semi-precious stones
Breathtaking with their elegance and grace, pearls can add to your wardrobe like nothing else. These complement a range of colors in the bridal attire and should be a part of one of the wedding festivities. Opt for an entire bridal set with pearls as the theme. These go well with polki and kundan jewellery pieces too, making for a stunning combination. Semi-precious stones like rubies and emeralds are great options too. Depending on your attire, you can choose semi-precious stones that complement them.
Tip: Before you go shopping for jewellery, use a colour wheel. This is a great way to find out which colors of semi-precious stones complement the colour of the dress you wear.
While it is essential to stay in tune with the latest trends, always listen to your heart and wear what you feel comfortable in. If a heritage piece of jewellery is close to your heart and you'd like to wear it whether it matches or not, choose an occasion and a complementing way of using that piece. If you wish to select a look that doesn't sit with norms and trends, go ahead. It's your special day after all, and you must dress up the way you want!