Bring in the bling

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Bring in the bling

chic Yana Gupta  sports ‘Chunku’  beads with a  Victorian  pendant.

Jewellery does not shine because of the mere yellow metal that makes it. What matters now is how it is designed and whether it matches the occasion.

Wearing the right jewellery is not all about shimmying what one's worth is. It is also about aesthetics. Emphasis on gold is passe, stones and other ethnic deigns are in. A heavy lehenga gels well with simple jewellery and so does a simple lehenga with heavy
jewellery. The thrust is on looking good without appearing to be too dolled up.

Metrolife spoke to jewellery designer Suchita Ahuja of Neerus and asked her to delve into how neckpieces have assumed an all new meaning in the last couple of years.

Suchita Ahuja points out that fashion jewellery has taken the place of gold. Not that it has totally replaced gold but people prefer wearing funky jewellery to gold. “It’s the brilliant designs, and the ability to have a different set of jewellery to complement different outfits that has got women hooked on to these pieces of jewellery,” says Suchita and adds, “people don’t prefer to wear heavy neckpieces other than for weddings. Long necklaces and solid pieces are in vogue for semi-formal affairs. It’s like an ornament adding style to the costume.”

Women nurture strong tastes when it comes to choosing jewellery. Suchita observes that metals like antique gold and silver are suitable for neckpieces. Also huge rocks and stones, wooden beads, metal disks, peacock designs, feather motifs and giant metal flowers feature in statement necklaces. They’re chosen for their funky attitude.  

Ethnic neckpieces are made from rubies, emeralds and aquamarine stones. And for a bit of bling people wear Swaroski and Zirchonia. “The stone and design are an integral part of the jewellery and each wouldn’t sell without the other. With an ethnic attire the design is more important whereas dominant stones compliment the cocktail outfits,” explains Suchita.   

Most women make a conscious effort to match the jewellery to the outfit. Suchita has a few suggestions, “On the trendy digital print saris, bold neckpieces with coloured stones stand out more. With an embroidered and South Indian silk saris, traditional and antique looking neckpieces look more appropriate,” she says. She also feels a simple American diamond pendant set complements a casual salwar Kameez.

The trend today is not to match neckpieces to the rest of the ornaments you wear. Creativity is in. “A contemporary look can be achieved by totally avoiding a neckpiece and opting for chandelier earrings with matching bracelet and big single stone ring,” she says.

Suchita feels with a heavy attire, simple and sophisticated neckpieces look classy. Simple outfits look best when worn with bold and solid neckpieces.

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