Jan 29 2019
What better time to celebrate jewellery in all its glory than our most special and awaited moment? Be it sparkling diamond jewellery, eternal gold jewellery or traditional jewellery, weddings are the times when all inhibitions can afford to take a hike as there is no fixed mantra that people are willing to follow during this time.
Since last few years, weddings in India had gone through dramatic changes. The most visible change is on the jewellery worn. With the availability of ornaments in a mind-boggling range of patterns and designs, people seem to have accepted it with open hands, whether it is crystal, gold, diamond, antique or fine jewellery.
Costume jewellery: Costume jewellery is a perfect match for all bridal wears. Just one or two precious jewellery pieces will do great work with wedding trousseau. Bold and big jewellery sets and separates like rings, earrings, and bangles are in vogue.
Antique jewellery: Sets that are chunky and ethnic are still going strong in demands. The patterns differ from state to states like meenakari, kundan or jadau set.
Crystal Jewellery– Crystals, especially Swarovski gives a classy and elegant appearance. Clear crystals accentuate dark coloured clothes. The latest is wearing a fabulous necklace of glittering rainbow Swarovski crystals. A big finger ring or brooch with unique motifs laid with stones is sure to add an ethereal touch to your ensemble. There are micro stone set bangles to spruce up your plain gold bangles.
Coloured glory: Colored stones, beads, and enamelling are still trendy, so make sure that you own one. It can be a turquoise, blue sapphire or topaz, a dash of amethyst. These will definitely go wonderfully well with antique jewellery sets.
Diamond Jewellery: Diamonds are said to be “girl’s best friend”. The sparkling diamonds lends a magnificent sheen to your ornaments and goes well with almost all attires. From studded rings and bracelets to chunky pendants and chocker sets, there are even heavy diamond jewellery pieces for formal occasions.
Platinum Jewellery: Platinum is slowly getting popular in India, but still perceived as expensive by consumers. Pendants and rings of platinum are the most moving items.
Once you are done with jewellery, it’s time to pick some accessories for your hair that’s matching the colours and materials of your attire.
Gold Jewellers: Indians are fond of the yellow metal and no wonder, the gold jewellery industry is a shining star in the country’s economy. The concept of brands has been taken in case of jewellery too in India. De Beers was the first branded jewellery in India, but now there are lot many players and several new entrants keep coming in offering innovative designs and fresh ideas.
The premium jewellery brands in India include Asmi, Tanishq, Eros, Signature, Nakshatra, Gili, Agni, Aura and more. Besides these, each Indian states has its own traditional trusted brands which have been in the industry for generations.
Platinum Jewellers: Only selective jewellers in India are dealing with platinum. The Platinum Guild International has a presence in India and has some authorised jewellers in India. You can check up their website to know the list of authorised jewellers. Apart from this, every platinum product has to be authenticated by a third-party certification issued by the Underwriters Laboratories, popularly known as the UL Card.
Platinum can be exchanged only from the same store or brand from which you originally bought it. Also, on exchange one will get only 85% of the value.
Diamonds being slowly and steadily walking into the lifestyle of Indians, there are several brands in India now like Gili, Nakshatra, TBZ, and Sunny. Diamonds are assessed by the 4 Cs- Cut, Colour, Clarity, and carat. These 4 things determine the quality and price of a diamond. VVS or SI clarity diamonds are the most popular diamonds in jewellery making.
Buy diamonds that are certified by international laboratories like International Gemological Institute (IGI) or Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Many jewellers offer their own certification, but a certified diamond is preferred. If you are exchanging diamonds, do note that most brands and big stores take only the diamonds sold by them. Small jewellers may take diamonds sold by others but the value will be discounted up to 60%.
Ornament designing is a traditional concept in India, where gold workers crafted designs according to orders and as per the desire of customers. But today also ornament designers are in great demand for customized needs. Ornament designers now have taken new forms from designers of big brands and celebrities to private players. The craftsmanship of Indian jewellery designers is always looked upon as imperial. In recent years, a new crop of jewellery designers has caught the attention of fashion lovers.