India Today - - JEWELLERY - SANGEETA DE­WAN Cre­ative Head, Zoya, Delhi

From un­usual and unique forms to vi­brant colour pal­ettes, na­ture has a lot to of­fer if one has an eye for in­trin­sic things. Sev­eral things found in and around our sur­round­ings have the power to frame our per­cep­tions and ideas. Take for in­stance, mythol­ogy and the clas­sic leg­ends, that have in­spired fash­ion, jew­ellery, and even our in­te­ri­ors.

A cut above the rest

Na­ture and jew­ellery are two forces that can together cre­ate in­cred­i­ble pieces of wear­able art. For de­sign­ers and artists, the big­gest thing to be in­spired from is the art of sus­tain­abil­ity. Jew­ellery es­pe­cially has been in­spired by na­ture since time im­memo­rial. From de­signs and forms to the pre­cious ma­te­rial used, some of the most rare el­e­ments have of­ten been used to cre­ate the most ex­tra­or­di­nary pieces. De­pend­ing on face cuts and body types, dis­tinct styles and sil­hou­ettes suit dif­fer­ent peo­ple. It is there­fore im­por­tant to ac­cen­tu­ate fea­tures which de­serve to be en­hanced. While trends in cos­tume jew­ellery and fash­ion are re­lated, they do not al­ways change together. The jew­ellery trend cy­cle is longer and dif­fer­ent from fash­ion. This sea­son, we will see a lot of or­ganic, fluid and na­ture-in­spired themes fused with fash­ion. With na­ture be­ing a time­less theme, these are some of the key trends we’ll wit­ness this time around.

Re­viv­ing her­itage

Her­itage themes are be­ing used to rein­vent looks. A fu­sion of her­itage and mod­ern look is going to dom­i­nate the mar­ket. Un­usual com­bi­na­tions such as di­a­monds with polkis, tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship like par­taj and enam­elling are al­ready be­ing used in a con­tem­po­rary form.

Com­bin­ing tech­nique and tech­nol­ogy

Fig­u­ra­tive de­sign is in vogue. The Krsna col­lec­tion at Zoya, for ex­am­ple, is an amal­ga­ma­tion of the lat­est trends in her­itage jewels and show­cases the story of Lord Kr­ishna. Tech­niques of French enam­elling like cham­plevé and paint­ing enamel which came to In­dia dur­ing the Mughal pe­riod have been used in this col­lec­tion. The se­ries is a unique com­bi­na­tion of both tech­nique and tech­nol­ogy.

Play­ing with western clas­sics

In fash­ion­able di­a­mond jew­ellery, a long string of di­a­monds with el­e­ments and charms will trans­form western fash­ion.

Asym­met­ric makeover

Asym­met­ric ear­rings, un­usual fin­ger rings and con­tem­po­rary bracelets will be­come a must-have for ev­ery woman who likes to keep it stylish.

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