30 Apr Choosing the Right Indian Bridal Jewellery
The importance of picking out the right jewelry cannot be stressed enough and women often place just as much importance on jewelry shopping as on clothes shopping. Obviously, the type of clothes picked out are essential to creating an elegant look but they are only a base on which certain accessories have to be added to complete the look. Indian brides understand this better than anybody as bridal jewelry sets are a crucial aspect of the sixteen adornments of the traditional Indian bride. All bridal jewelry from India is hence designed to be dazzlingly beautiful and lavish looking. It marks the special position of the bride, making her look and feel like royalty.
A common misconception is that the easiest way to accessorize for an Indian bride is to go with traditional, over the top pieces and just pile them on. Though a lot of glittering Indian bridal jewellery options are available, styling the bridal look is about more than simply picking out the most heavy or most shiny pieces. Many subtleties go into deciding which piece is best suited to the look, including the cultural, regional and religious identity of the bride, the type of dress chosen, the over-all color scheme and designs and the theme of the wedding itself. Moreover, the bride may also want to take into account her own level of comfort with the various Indian bridal jewelry types; some may prefer to go the whole hog with anklets, mang tikkas, kamarbandh, armlets and kaleera while others may not want to venture beyond the necklace, earrings and bangles.
The most popular and well-known Indian bridal jewellery are the Kundan sets from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Intricately crafted and exquisitely designed, they are typically set with gold and precious stones that look gorgeous draped around a bride’s neck and wrists. In north India the bridal attire is considered incomplete without this type of necklace. However, Kundan sets do not necessarily match with every single type of bridal outfit. They will pair beautifully with traditional red and gold Banarasi sarees or stone studded lehenga cholis with heavy traditional designs. However, with more modern style bridal sarees, salwar kameez or chaniya cholis, Indian bridal jewelry made of pearls and set in gold or silver would be more appropriate.
Brides who want to add a splash of color to their outfit prefer to go with Meenakari pieces enameled with beautiful and vibrant designs. Other traditional bridal jewelry like Polki and Thewa are also very popular, and bring in the requisite glamour and beauty without being too ornate and heavy. In south India, the preferred accessories are heavy gold pieces without any stones but wrought into intricate designs. These look particularly beautiful with the lavish Kanchipuram sarees and striking white and gold Kerala Kasavu sarees.
Nowadays, westernized designs and innovative patterns are also becoming popular in Indian bridal jewelry, especially with brides wearing designer clothes which would look odd with traditional bridal sets.