The world, as we know it, has changed. With a paradigm shift towards minimalism and surviving amidst a pandemic, we have been pushed to alter our regular ways of living. Besides, there's no denying that the festivities aren't going to be celebrated the same way this year around, and the quintessential big-fat-Indian-wedding is now a mere 200 people affair. But despite these changes, the joy of 'glamming up' remains intact. Be it a 10 people diwali event or a 50 people 'digi-wedding' over Zoom, your ensemble and the jewellery that your pair with it will speak volumes! From layering your jewels the right way and reusing your versatile, statement pieces to giving your family heirloom a modern spin, certified gemologist and jewellery designer, Neety Singh gives you the lowdown on how to accessorise your ensemble for an intimate occasion.
"I believe styling your jewellery is a work of art. It is a form of expression and an extension of one’s personality. The real fun lies in adorning unique pieces creatively and enjoying the process!" - Neety Singh
"We, at Neety Singh Jewellery, strive to align our senses to yours. We hope that you can retain the trance of this beautiful moment and take our Indian culture and heritage to a global platform with pride." - Neety Singh Jewellery
A yellow mirror-work Seema Gujral outfit paired with a Navratan choker and chandbalas
Add a Pop of Colour to Your Celebrations With the Classic Navratans!
"Navratna is a versatile piece of jewellery that complements and uplifts both western as well as traditional outfits. With its breathtakingly beautiful hues, it brings out the very best of every bridal personality," states Neety Singh. Be it for a mehendi or a sangeet ceremony, brides, or even bridesmaids can add a touch of sparkle to their ensemble with a navratan choker, navratnas chandbalas, or even a navratna bracelet.
"In the above image, we have paired our navratana jewellery with a yellow mirror-work lehenga from Seema Gujral. It's the perfect choice if one wants to break the monotony, play with colours, and most importantly, make a MAJOR statement!," she adds.
A Varun Bahl lehenga paired with a polki choker and a teenlada haar with Columbian light-hued emeralds
Pretty in Pastel
Pastel hues emote a heartwarming feeling of love, togetherness, and tranquility. Brides can take their vows adorning soft hues of pale green emeralds and light rubies, paired with a white polki necklace. Promising to make an impact, bridesmaids too may consider opting for a pastel accessories palette.
"For those who choose to opt for a light, non-OTT look and don’t wish to wear heavy chandbalas, can pick an elaborate maang tikka with kaanphools to strike a balance, instead. Alternatively, one can skip the maang tikka and can pair chandbalas with a choker, layered with a teenlada or a paanchlada. It adds a refreshing tone to the outfit and makes for an interesting choice" suggests Neety Singh.
A Varun Bahl lehenga paired with a diamond choker strung in natural pearls and layered with coral bead strings
A Girl's Best Friend
"When indulging in diamonds, my pick for the season is a diamond choker strung in pearls and layered with coral beads, as shown on this contemporary Varun Bahl lehenga. Perfect for a summer wedding or a winter morning affair."
A Varun Bahl lehenga paired with a polki choker and long necklace, with contracting 'takkar ka kaam' in blue and light-hued Columbian emeralds
Layer Like a Pro!
"Layering is a technique that assists you to creatively adorn your jewellery. One may choose to go elaborate or minimal, according to the mood and occasion," says Neety.
"For example, brides can invest in a single long necklace and pair it with a statement choker for their big day, as shown in the above image. These individual pieces of jewellery can then be layered altogether to achieve that extravagant, glam look. And when the occasion calls for it, the pieces of jewellery may also be worn as separates. This allows one to be versatile, while experimenting with different pieces of jewellery for different occasions," she adds.
A Torani outfit paired with yellow sapphire and ruby kaanphools, and a detachable blue sapphire bauble
Versatility at it's Best: Use & Reuse
"Polki studs are synonymous with versatility. They are very obedient and can dress you up or down as the occasion demands," informs Neety. Dress them up by adding an emerald or ruby jacket, or throw on some tear-drop diamonds!
"Wearing detachable, contrasting jewellery is another interesting idea you can experiment with. For example, pair blue sapphires with red ruby baubles for one occasion and wear them separately for another. In the above image, we have paired yellow sapphire and ruby kaanphools with detachable blue sapphire baubles. If required, a matha patti can be converted into a choker or the maang tikka can later be redesigned into a pendant," she adds.
A golden Rimzim Dadu drape paired with a 200 year old antique choker set in machli and mor motif tukdis, set on an antique velvet patti
Give Your Heirloom Piece a Contemporary Spin
Traditional jewellery styled in a contemporary manner is always going to be a conversation-starter, and a head-turner, of course. The idea is to keep it minimal yet make it look all the more grand, along with upholding the sentimental value of the piece that has been passed across generations, and reliving age-old memories.
"At Neety Singh Jewellery we have antique heirloom pieces, broad gulu bands, haars, and passa earrings to add that eclectic touch to your look. Here, we have styled a beautiful Rimzim Dadu drape with a 200 year old antique choker set in machli and mor motif tukdis, set on an antique velvet patti. The juxtaposition of the antique jewellery with this modern outfit lends to the perfect balance between the contrasting elements," states Neety.
"For brides-to-be, I suggest remodeling a passed-down piece from your ancestors, as a reflection of one's roots. For a bride, the epicenter of the emotion is the fact that she's leaving her parents home, where she grew up. Thereby, to add an element of emotion to her ensemble, she can adorn jewellery which is a complete reflection of her past life and memories," she adds.