Even though Sabyasachi couture is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the designer, we can’t help but pay equal attention to his ornate jewellery. His mosiac-like Instagram handle is replete with images of necklaces, earrings, chokers – everything that a discerning bride might need in her jewellery drawer. The designs are a tribute to traditional Indian maximalism, featuring basra pearls, uncut diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. The neckpieces in particular stand out. There are diamond rani haars, multi-layered necklaces studded with Russian emeralds and pearls, antique Victorian designs. And how can we forget the stunning emerald necklaces adorned by Deepika Padukone at her wedding receptions; the pieces worn by Neeta Ambani at her daughter Isha nuptials; or the pink spinel and jadau designs Anushka flaunted at her Tuscan celebrations? And the chokers! Existing within a universe of their own, they are all about old-world charm. Here’s our edit of the best Sabyasachi chokers we love (and you will too).
Yellow sapphires are in
For the brides looking for something more than rubies and emeralds, here’s an uncut diamond and yellow sapphire necklace with hand-carved peacocks in 22-karat gold.
Experiment with Burmese spinels
Looking to incorporate some reds or maroons in your jewellery? Here’s a choker studded with pigeon-blood Burmese spinels and rose-cut diamonds.
The classic Navratan
In love with multiple hues in a single piece? This uncut diamond ‘Navratan’ set in 22-karat gold ensures you don’t have to sweat over colour coordination.
This one-of-a-kind ’60s choker, hand-crafted with old-mine Zambian emeralds, rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds, is the season’s must-have piece. Also what sets it apart is the tear-drop detailing.
Perfection of pearls
This rendition comes in dainty pearls, diamond necklace and with Russian emeralds.
All the drama
For brides who prefer a bridal ensemble, this is your neckpiece. Besides the emeralds that sit on an exquisitely crafted case, this piece stands out owing to its cascading pearl detailing.
Good ol’ fashioned diamonds
This versatile choker in 22-karat gold is meant for any and all occasions. Also for brides who want to opt for dual- toned or monotone pieces, this works perfectly.
Colour is everything
A rich mix of precious stones, this polki choker studded with rubies, diamonds, and emeralds, could be an heirloom.
The modern geometrical choker
This piece, featuring beautiful uncut diamonds with emeralds and beads in a Victorian-style choker, is for brides who prefer to straddle both tradition and modernity.
A cluster of rubies vying for your attention are the perfect way to colour-block your lehenga.
The fact that a choker can go the extra mile by becoming a modern collar is explored by Sabyasachi in this piece. The polki necklace with pearls is the only stunner you need as a bride.
Simplicity and style
If you’re not a fan of big bold chokers, you can opt for the simple with this diamond and emerald stunner.