Twelve jewellery staples for your wardrobe
JJewellery, like love, is a matter of the heart. And the heart has its reasons of which reason knows little. Therefore trying to decode the essentials of jewellery that a woman must possess is a bit of a slippery slope. Even so, here is our list of twelve styles and brands that are simply too precious to ignore.
Rules of engagement
Engagement rings may seem like a foregone conclusion but once you’ve chosen from Nirav Modi’s Celestial Collection, you’ll understand why the universe of your dreams needs this particular bauble. Solitaire diamonds that simply float, surrounded by a halo of diamonds.
Bonds of eternity
Whether it’s an eternity bracelet or ring—a band of precious metal set with a continuous line of identically cut gemstones—nothing expresses never-ending love like this sparkler from Cartier or Tiffany & Co.
The world as your oyster
Pearls may seem grandmotherly, but they present endless possibilities tailored to fit every style with a glorious hit of elegance. Keep it iconic with a single strand or layer it to dress up casual. For the ultimate style statement opt for Mikimoto, credited for the first cultured pearl in the 1890s.
The cocktail hour
Brazen and beautiful, the cocktail ring is a love that speaks its name freely and comes in all manner of shapes, sizes and designs, but is almost always a conversation starter, especially Bvlgari’s that are guaranteed to dazzle.
Champion the stud
Understated elegance makes a statement in itself; a pair of diamond studs can provide just that right hint of sparkle. For a classic look, opt for a Harry Winston pair, but for versatility sport colour. It’s the perfect go-to earring for every day wear—neat yet polished.
Jumping through hoops
Discreet or daring, an interesting pair of gold hoop earrings in your armoury are perfect for the gypsy look even on a jeans and tee day or a more placid set to pair with for a formal luncheon.
Off the Cuff
A chunky cuff bracelet is a flawless accent for any outfit; punk or power suit. It pairs perfectly with androgynous or feminine dressing. Opt for a stunner like the de Grisogono Folies High Jewellery white gold and onyx cuff with diamonds for striking design and a clean aesthetic.
A multi-layered aesthetic
A layered necklace is one of the most versatile to create multiple looks that can be complemented with a lace shirt or an evening gown. Wear it long, double it up or multi-strand for variety. Try the stunning Padmapriya Necklace from Sunita Shekhawat—eight layers of pearls strung with Kundan-meena.
The marque of an icon
The wrists are the ideal canvas to sport an identifiable, familiar bracelet such as the Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra bracelet or a tennis bracelet—a single row of diamonds worn on the wrist. The David Yurman Cable Bracelet, with its twisted design, inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge or even the Gucci horsebit bracelet is a good bet.
Make a statement
A pair of grand earrings are a head turner, whether you invest in an Indian or a global brand. A pair of chandelier earrings in a bright pop of colour, or simple danglers with cabochon gems, strike a winning visage. Try Bvlgari, Mirari, de Grisogono, Graff or even Cartier.
Traditionally a signet ring represented symbols of family and personal identity, their popular resurgence is not limited to the aristocracy or men anymore. A rising trend with women, personalised signet rings are available in bright colours. Get yours personally designed or opt for David Yurman’s Bubblegum Pinky Ring collection.
Weighing in on heritage
Vintage jewellery, whether it’s the Hermes Kelly H Cadena bangle bracelet, Chanel’s vintage sun chain necklace, vintage quilted cuff or an Yves Saint Laurent vintage square brooch is sheer gold. Holding a piece of the past is always a great investment whether you redeem it or not.
ART AS CRAFT Cartier panther cuff in white gold with diamonds and emeralds (left); Tennis bracelet (above); Bvlgari’s cocktail ring in 18k pink gold with a Zambian emerald and step cut diamonds (below)