What does your jewellery say about you?
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What does your jewellery say about you?

Dhanteras is the perfect time to pick out some jewellery for yourself

brunch Updated: Oct 16, 2017 11:20 IST
Dhanteras,Thick bangles,Shaheen Abbas
Dhanteras is one festival when you want to indulge and pamper and be pampered by your loved ones. Model: Shilpa Reddy, styling by Namita A Shrivastav, make-up and hair by Sachin Dakoji (Nishat Fatima)

It’s that time of the year when you want to stand out in a crowd and when you want to be the cynosure of attention for all the right reasons. And dhanteras is one festival when you want to indulge and pamper and be pampered by your loved ones. And, given that style is a reflection of one’s personality, what does your finery tell us about you? Leading jewellery experts delve into the festive jewellery kit and decode for us the wearer’s personality based on their choice of ornaments.

For the rulemaker: Thick bangles

(On the left hand) Gold and uncut diamond bangles from Krsala, Hyderabad. (On the right hand) gold and ruby bangles from Neeraj Gupta, Mangatrai Jewellery; ensemble by Nikasha at Angasutra (Nishat Fatima)

“A woman opting to wear bold, thick bangles is one who wants to play it by her own rules. On the one hand, she is harking back to tradition. But at the same time, she is wearing an eye-catching bangle/kada because she doesn’t want to blend in; rather she wants to stand out on her big day.”
– Shaheen Abbas, jewellery designer

For miss confidence: Maang tikkas

Gold maang tikkas set in rubies, polki, emeralds and pearls from Neeraj Gupta of Mangatrai Jewellery, Draped ensemble by Nikasha at Angasutra (Nishat Fatima)

“A maang tikka is an important part of jewellery; after all, it’s not really meant for everyday wear. A woman decking up with the maang tikka is someone who is aware of the new journey she’s about to begin. She is conscious and confident about facing what the future holds.”
– Poonam Soni, jewellery designer

For classic with a twist: Pearl string necklace

Nizami satlara or the seven-strand necklace from Vijay Vithaldas; lehenga-dupatta by Payal Singhal (Nishat Fatima)

“The pearl necklace is a classic piece. A lady choosing to wear it is a pragmatic one, for she is well aware of its versatility. She can easily straddle the world of Indian and Western looks, just as her pearl necklace can breathe life into both ensembles – a well-cut gown or a sari in a solid hue.”
– Pooja Roy Yadav, jewellery entrepreneur

For the perfectionist:Choker andjhumkas

Gold and ruby ‘tussi’ necklace from Tiraa, Tibarumal Jewels by Pankaj Gupta (Nishat Fatima)

“This is an extremely feminine choice. Traditionally fashioned earrings combined with a choker neckpiece announce the arrival of someone who loves to flaunt her femininity. She wants to look the part on her wedding day cherish every moment. She’s one who seeks perfection in her look.”
– Mira Gulati, jewellery designer

For making a statement:Chunky rings

(On left hand) Pukhraj ring from Vijay Vithaldas; (On right hand) Rings and bangles from Ghanasingh - Be True; ensemble by James Ferriera at Angasutra (Nishat Fatima)

“Those reaching out for big chunky rings are driven by their wish to make a bold statement. These are women who enjoy attention and are not apologetic about it. Deserving a special mention are the women opting for animal inspired rings; they are surely forward thinkers.”
– Pooja Roy Yadav, jewellery entrepreneur

For the royal look: Matha patti

Necklace from Neeraj Gupta, Mangatrai, ring from Ghanasingh – Be True; ensemble by James Ferriera at Angasutra (Nishat Fatima)

“While the matha patti has been a part of Indian jewellery all along, wearing a necklace as one is a fairly new practice. It’s a contemporary opulent take on the matha patti. Such a woman is fun and wants to look and feel like a princess.”
– Pooja Roy Yadav, jewellery entrepreneur

For the traditional: Gold Jewellery

Both multi-stringed necklaces from Tiraa by Tibarumal Jewels, cuffs from Musaddilal and Sons; ensemble by James Ferriera at Angasutra (Nishat Fatima)

“Nothing exudes old world charm like gold. More often than not, heirloom pieces are plain gold sculpted into beautiful adornments. So yes, gold jewellery is for those traditional at heart. An all-gold jewellery set speaks for a woman who wants to go back to her roots. She is someone who is not immune to the allure of yellow and wants to revel in its vintage glory.”
– Shaheen Abbas, jewellery designer

By popular choice: Layered necklace

Four strand ruby and pearl necklace by Ghanasingh – Be True (Nishat Fatima)

“Historically, this ornament – especially the panchlara (five layered) and the satlara (seven layered) necklaces – has been a popular one. It has always been associated with and sported by Indian royalty, both men and women. Needless to say, it continues to be a hit among those who wish to add a regal touch to their look. Heavy yet delicate, such a necklace can only be worn by a lady who knows how to make a subtle but strong statement.”
– Mira Gulati, jewellery designer

From HT Brunch, October 15, 2017

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First Published: Oct 14, 2017 22:19 IST