Sapphire, gold add to bridal bling

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Sapphire, gold add to bridal bling

No wedding is complete without the sparkling stones and shining metals that are intricately crafted to make a young bride’s D-day more special. A woman's love for jewels is legendary, and the same becomes even more heightened when it comes to buying the ‘bridal jewellery’.

With the wedding season setting in the Capital, jewellery designers have come out with the latest and best in their wedding collections to offer the brides-to-be.

Designers have passed their verdict on the trends that will be in demand this year.

Some say that blue sapphires will make a splash, while others swear by the ever popular combination of emeralds, rubies and diamonds that look stunning with any attire.

“Tanzanites for other occasions are in trend too, but for Indian weddings, in metals, the yellow gold will always be the first preference, since it goes well with the Indian skin tone as well as the garments. Platinum and white gold compliment other occasions during the wedding, such as cocktail and reception,” says Juhee Bolakhe, assistant design manager, Ganjam (a jewellery brand).

For every jewellery designer it is a challenge to create a piece that would define the aspirations of the bride.

Since the preferences and pattern of jewellery change not just every year, but every wedding season (especially in winter and summer), it gets difficult for the designers to create pieces that justify their price tag.

“The customers also look for innovations, design, techniques and something unique every time they visit a store,” says Gursimran Chaddha, CEO and creative director of Jagat Jewels.

He says that even today brides “prefer traditional styles but with a little contemporary touch to it.”

This has made the brand include chandbalas, cuffs and jhumki in their bridal collection.

Chaddha also states that they haven’t incorporated armlets because, “Chandbalas and jhumkis are traditional and timeless and therefore, consumers are more likely to invest in them than something seasonal, like armlets.”

However, designers do offer customised hathphools and mang tikas on specific demands.

But not everyone would like to go for these in gold due to the steep price of the metal.

So one can also opt for “Silver with 22 carat gold layering and gold finish which will be very popular this season. Also, platinum wedding rings will be very much in vogue too,” says Sumit Sawhney from Apala by Sumit. 

Sawhney’s experiments in silver jewellery and his latest bridal collection is inspired from tribal elements combined with royal elements.

He encourages the brides to get versatile with various accessories.

“South Indian inspired pieces will be in fashion this season since multi-layering of jewellery is passe. Antique gold silver with coloured stones in unconventional fluorescent shades of green, sky blue, coral, orange-pink and red will be a big hit too. And brides can go for not just hathphools but even mathapattis, since trends have changed drastically,” he says as Metrolife wonders about the Rajasthani culture, where mathapattis are a must.

Not to forget that a few young brides like to wear jhumar (a traditional Muslim jewellery piece) too! So sky is the limit to experiment.

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