Investing in a sparkling statement piece for your big day should be luxurious yet worthwhile. This year, the bridal jewels to be coveted during wedding season range from bright coloured stones like rubies, emeralds and aqua marines to precious white and rose gold, which are now optimised to accentuate uniqueness and splendour of bridal jewellery. This season a broad range of multi-purpose jewellery is in vogue. Many jewellery designers are also drawing inspiration from their ancestors, making ethnic jewellery a more popular choice. Pieces like chaandbaalis, chokers and jhoomars have returned this season. Though traditional jewellery is the preferred choice for brides, designers are open to experimenting and providing pieces that are essentially traditional with a modern twist. Here’s what some jewellery designers have to say about jewellery trends this wedding season:
According to Karachi-based jewellery designer, Sherezad Rahimtoola “This season the emphasis is on diamond strings and is all the rage with brides. The traditional gold look with jhoomars are also back in.” On many occasions, brides-to-be opt for what’s trending rather than what works for them and their outfit. She must however opt for jewellery that will enhance her look rather than following what’s in fashion. “I prefer not to match the same colours as the bridal dress but rather work with complementing colours. Matching reduces the impact of jewellery, which is the most expensive element of a bridal ensemble as the jewellery blends and does not create visual impact.”
“Gold has really revived this season. Brides are going with the traditional gold look. Diamonds have retained their charm regardless of trends and years; but what is really interesting is that diamonds now are also set in fusion jewellery to add the glam factor to many wedding silhouettes - from bracelet cuffs to cocktail rings.”
If you don’t want to break tradition, bend it. Jewellery designers now try to incorporate the old and the new into bespoke custom-made designs for their clients. Samreen Vance, a jewellery designer from New York who has designed jewellery for Mawra Hocane, told us “Chokars and long necklaces are trending not just in the west but also in India and Pakistan, which brides can wear with eastern as well as western ensembles after their weddings. I personally believe the jewellery brides wear on their wedding day acts as an investment that can later be used as a vintage piece for your wardrobe. I don’t think a piece of jewellery has to match the outfit necessarily but it can complement the trousseau. Even grooms are experimenting with different jewel pieces like gold or jadau buttons on sherwanis or turban brooches and coordinating with the bride’s jewellery.”
Shazia Deen, owner of jewellery house, Neemar, believes polki and gold is going to be big this season and a lot of brides are opting for jhoomars as well. “I am a big fan of contrast, everything should blend but not match. Every aspect of dressing including the jewellery should stand out individually, which is why we advise them to select the jewellery first and then order their main dress. We also advise to choose pieces that are wearable later ”.
As much as many brides love to invest in their jewellery, they dread the thought of it lying in a safe post wedding. Mumbai-based jewellery designer, Farah Khan Ali says, “The bridal wedding trends this season are more wearable jewellery that can be worn more often. Lots of colour is being added to the bridal trousseau and there is more experimentation than before. Brides are more confident and more sure of what they want and besides jadau sets, a lot of diamond jewellery is the mood of the moment.”
So get your jewellery right for the big day as nothing speaks louder than a piece of jewellery, which compliments a confident bride on her very special day!