Traditional Indian bridal jewellery might conjure up a decadent image -think heavy gold necklaces, cuffs, and noserings mostly meant to be heirlooms.
Thanks to a handful of jewellery designers and Indian couturiers, the quintessential bridal jewellery has now been re-imagined via a modern frame. Coloured stones are not a taboo, the textural interplay is more than a welcome idea, and there is new-age maximalism that defines luxury. So one finds a bit of tribal inspiration in the hathphools, cool bohemian hints in tasselled earrings, and millennial-approved matha pattis. To ease it down, we bring you new-age bridal jewellery inspiration.
These seashell kaliras by Outhouse pose to be a welcome change in that bracket. Textural interplay and thinking beyond gold is the trend, and these pieces totally live up to that.
Not-so-usual nose rings
Nose rings remind of traditional circular hoops studded with gemstones. But how about going for an all gold piece peppered with white pearls? The look is needless to say chic and sophisticated and can help any bride make an edgy statement. This stunner by Ra Abta by Rahul is a winning one.
Retro matha pattis
For those of you who are aware of Suhani Pittie’s edgy creations will agree that old-school is something the designer dismisses. Most of her pieces exude a sense of refined taste with an undertone of fun. This exquisite matha patti can alone act as a hero piece. Just in case you want to make a statement.
Multiple gemstones and charms
Trust ace couturier Sabyasachi for setting new trends. On one side his exquisite couture pieces and jewellery pay homage to age-old Indian crafts. But on the other are these beautiful neckpieces, an example of his sense of adventurism. Where most of the brides limit themselves to either polki, diamonds or gold, his new-age neckpieces bring rubies, Zambian emeralds, polki, diamonds, gold, and more in a few defined pieces.
For most of the brides out there a traditional kamarband might resonate with heavy gold pieces, paired with their traditional handlooms. But Tarun Tahiliani understands the value of minimalism, balanced with a touch of tradition. Needless to say, we are in love with this piece featuring beautiful pearls. Also, you can always infuse a bit of white despite the traditional hues for your wedding day look.
We say sustainable jewellery is a great idea and who better than designer Swapna Mehta to look up to. She collects pieces from all over India only to merge them together and lease a new life into new pieces, which can even double up as works of art. So just in case you want a taste of tradition, pick up statement pieces.
Statement head chains
Looking for something evergreen and edgy, how about opting for a head chain, but pick up pieces that can be worn after your big day too. Invest in this Misho head chain that can double up as a choker. Certainly one of the most prominent pieces in the new-age bridal jewellery bracket.
Move beyond the traditional jhumkas and invest in modern and contemporary pieces. These Sunita Shekhawat earrings will look not just great on you as a bride, but you could also pair them up with a white t-shirt and denim.
Millennial approved hathphools
Think of new-age bridal jewellery, and you will realise that hathphools are all the rage. However, you don’t have to go for the old-fashioned, heavy ones. Instead, pick up minimal yet edgy pieces; pieces featuring rose gold, gemstones, pearls, and even feathers. Guess you might have just found the perfect beach wedding pieces for yourself.