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    Sonam Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit turned showstoppers for the grand finale of India International Jewellery Week.

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    Madhuri Dixit Nene walks the ramp during the grand finale of India International Jewellery Week 2012 (IIJW). (Photo: AFP)

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    Sonam Kapoor strikes a pose during India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai. (Photo: AFP)

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    Bipasha Basu showcases jewellery designer Gitanjali Jewels creations as she walks the ramp during the fourth day of India International Jewellery Week 2012 in Mumbai ...

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    Bipasha Basu looks smokin' hot in a black traditional attire. (AFP Photo)

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    Esha Gupta showcases jewellery designer Kashi Jewellers Jewels creations. (AFP Photo)

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    Malaika Arora Khan showcases jewellery designer KGK Entice Jewels creations at the event. (AFP Photo)

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    Sushmita Sen showcases jewellery designer Birdichand Ghanshyamdas Jewels creations as she walks the ramp during the show. (AFP Photo)

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    The ever beautiful Dia Mirza showcased jewellery as she walked the ramp for designer Vijay Golecha's creations at the India International Jewellery Week 2012 (IIJW) ...

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    Dia Mirza stunned in a black outfit teamed with a huge neckpiece. (AFP Photo)

If you have decided to ditch the red and stand out this wedding season with your bold trousseau, you can’t be compromising on the jewellery. Forget the head-to-toe covered look that not only makes one look like a buffoon, but also drills a big hole in the pocket. What jewellery designers recommend is a stylish yet elegant look, which you can achieve with pieces made with less of metal and more of coloured stones. We have experts telling you which are the hottest trends this season that a fashion forward bride should not miss.

Sex up your back
Brides who dare to bare can bring in a touch of glam with a backless choli or dress and flaunt a back necklace. This accessory is best worn for  functions such as sangeet or cocktails. “A lot of brides-to-be who want to experiment with their looks are going for back neckless,” says jewellery designer Sumit Sawhney. Keep the rest of your look muted and opt for simple diamond studs, a little jhoomar and a dainty bracelet, suggests jewellery designer Anuradha Chhabra.

Temple jewellery
Temple jewellery is either beaded, crafted with filigree or studded with gems that were worn by temple dancers and also used to decorate statues. “Temple jewellery often  incorporates images of gods and goddesses,” says Chhabra, adding that these ornaments are ideal for a bride to wear on her wedding day. Go for a kamarbandh (waist band), elaborate necklaces, kadas, maang tikas and nose ring, which use elements such as the bell or rudraksha.

Heads up
Be it a fuss-free maang tika, garnet studded crescent-shaped maatha patti or a modern halo-shaped accessory, head ornaments have reappeared in the must-have list of every bride who wants to make a style statement. “While traditional head ornaments are timeless, some brides also prefer irregular shaped modern head ornaments that team up well with their contemporary trousseau,” says Sawhney.

Designers are using patterns such as flowers, leaves and nature-inspired baubles to give a chic and elegant twist to your bridal attire. Even diamond drop earrings and ruby studded blossom rings are perfect for a free-spirited bride. “Floral jewellery gives a 3D effect, which gives it a modern look, unlike the traditional ones that lie flat,” says Rahul Gupta, director of PP Jewellers. Designers are also using fruit hued stones to enhance jewellery.

Face Shapes

Avoid earrings or pendants that have identical shapes to your faces, says jewellery designer Nirav Modi. “Those with a round face or a short neck should steer clear of chokers and opt for long necklaces or drooping earrings and bracelets or bangles,” advises jewellery designer Garema Nagpal. Those with oval faces should avoid long earrings, as they add length to the face. They can experiment with hoops or triangular earrings. Women with square faces should draw attention to their neck with long statement necklaces, oval hoops and chandelier earrings. “A bride with a thin face can go for chokers,” says Sawhney.

Bride on a budget
With the skyrocketing prices of gold, brides can experiment with contemporary alternatives. Minimise the amount of gold used and stick to jewellery that highlights precious stones. Pearls, rubies, emeralds, blue topaz are the ideal gemstones to combine with diamonds. Champagne hued Victorian jewellery, with a silver base, gold ‘tanka’ and rose cut diamonds, is also a cool alternative. “Brides can opt for 14 karat jewellery or light-weight jewellery too,” says Chhabra.

Jewellery that highlights precious stones and minimises the amount of metal is the most beautiful. Metal should not disturb the diamonds, emeralds or rubies.

Nirav Modi, jewellery designer

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