Brilliant maang tikkas, chokers embellished with pearls and precious stones, twinkling multi-layered necklaces in gold and uncut diamonds, armlets encrusted with emeralds and rubies, traditional jhumkis and broad kadas… When Bollywood celebrities get married, onscreen or offscreen, what is absolutely clear is that these stars create trends in Indian bridal jewelry. In this blog, let's discuss the latest trends in Indian, larger-than-life weddings set by Bollywood brides.
Pastels with Uncut Diamonds
Delicate pastel hues are preferred by Indian brides today, rather than the traditional crimson red bridal attire because brides are looking for soft shades to bring better balance to their overall look. Bollywood celebrities Anushka Sharma and Neha Dhupia adorned baby pink lehengas at their wedding. Rose quartz, pink, peach, ivory and gold are top picks for bridal wear with heavy uncut diamond or polki jewelry. Take a peek at the latest bridal jewelry trends-
Traditional Is In
Sonam Kapoor took to the complete traditional route with her wedding day jewelry. Sonam looked resplendent in her red lehenga with a multi-stranded matha patti on her head, a gold choker, raani haar / a guttapusalu necklace and haath phool. Traditional pieces still rule because for a lot of Indian brides, the jewelry they buy for the ritual day is pretty much like a relationship, a new beginning they are entering into – it is something they want to endure for life!
Diamonds Are Forever
Bollywood celebraties like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Anushka Sharma dazzle in their diamond jewelry. The very word 'Diamond' means happiness for a woman. Diamonds are forever in fashion with their sparkling luster and brilliance for anytime wear. We can see diamonds and precious stones featuring heavily during Sangeet, Reception and other events of a 3-4 day Indian marriage celebration.
The word ‘Jhumki’ refers to the traditional bell shaped earring design of India. Jhumkis emerged in ancient times and has managed to be a hot favorite of Indian brides and women across the globe. Today, jhumkis come in a variety of styles and designs from plain gold, uncut diamond to earrings studded with precious gems like rubies and emeralds. See Genelia D'Souza and Esha Deol with gorgeous jhumkis on their wedding day. Indian brides don’t usually experiment with styles for their big day, they instead opt for time-tested traditional, classic pieces and styles.
South India’s most popular bridal ornament is the arm vanki also known as armlet, arm patti or bajuband. Bridal jewelry is never complete without the vanki adorning the mehendi-clad hands of a south Indian bride. Arm vanki or Ara vanki is worn around the arm by a new south Indian bride for elegance, and also because it is believed that the armlet has the power to protect it's holder in her new journey. Both south Indian Bollywood actresses Aishwarya Rai and Shilpa Shetty adorned beautiful armlets on their D-Day!!
It is interesting to note that what jewelry was popular 10-15 years ago is again trending now. What is changing is the way we are celebrating a wedding. 22K gold was - and still is - a very integral part of the wedding ritual day.