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Twelve jew­ellery sta­ples for your wardrobe

India Today - - CONTENTS - By CHUMKI BHARADWAJ

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.

Be­spoke jew­ellery

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)

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