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How to get gold on a budget

india Updated: Aug 27, 2011 01:05 IST
Sonal Sher

Want to look blinglicious on your D-Day but the soaring price of gold is shattering all your dreams? Worry not as options abound for those who want to go for super glam jewellery and yet not blow up the bank. The current rate of 24 karat gold is Rs. 2,719.09 per gm. However, those who cannot afford this rate can go for lower karat gold that’s easy on the pocket.

“A lot of people are going for 14 karat and even 12 karat gold jewellery now,” says Neety Singh, a jewellery designer. And from the looks of it, it suits the purpose too. “The same designs can be done in 14 karat gold as the ones in 24 karat. Even the silver mixed with 9 karat gold is considered fine and precious jewellery, internationally,” says Poonam Soni, a jewellery designer.

Accessories made of this gold that have become popular include arm cuffs and tikas. “Mang tikas and everything that is dramatic is big right now,” says Singh. “Antique items such as chokers and kamarbandhs are all in vogue right now,” says Soni. Kundan jewellery is another rage among brides these days.

The bridal jewellery styles are inspired from Rajasthan and Kolkata. “Temple jewellery, which is beaten gold with dye finish is fashionable too,” informs Singh. The combinations which go well are gold with Emerald, Turquoise, Brick red or Pale pink stones. “The best way to decrease the overall price of your ornament is by increasing the use of stones in it,” suggests Deepa Sharma, from Inaaya.

Another affordable option is the ‘One gram gold’ jewellery. It is essentially gold- plated, silver jewellery. “This generally comes with a one year guarantee. Also, unlike silver jewellery which gets tarnished, ‘One gram gold’ stays in perfect condition for five to six years,” says Mohammed Aslam of Aabhushan, a jewellery store in Lajpat Nagar.