Miss Match

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Ac­ces­sor­ing per­fectly is more than half the bat­tle won! Our guest colum­nist RICHA GOYAL SIKRI's point­ers will help you to pick out the per­fect shade of ensem­ble to pait with your pre­cious gem­set jew­ellery. Work th­ese trends to make a vis­ually ar­rest­ing state­ment.

‘Never wear emer­alds with green, they look so much bet­ter with pink,’ Ma­ha­rani Gay­a­tri Devi’s grand­mother, Chimnabai, prob­a­bly never imag­ined how her ad­vice would im­pact an en­tire gen­er­a­tion try­ing to pair coloured gem­stones with one’s at­tire.

Which shade of pink did she mean? If you wear an emer­ald with a pale peach, or a lovely yel­low (my per­sonal favourite), the ef­fect is gor­geous.

Pair the same emer­ald with a fuch­sia or a deeper shade of pink and the re­sults may be em­bar­rass­ing.

Match­ing a coloured gem with the di­verse colour pal­ette of In­dian fash­ion may seem quite daunt­ing, but worry not. The pos­si­bil­i­ties of team­ing gems with en­sem­bles are end­less. The ruby neck­lace or ear­ring may look com­ple­men­tary when worn with a pur­ple or a yel­low out t, and bold when worn with a green one! More­over, the im­pact of light on a coloured gem­stone is signi cant to con­sider.

For ex­am­ple, ru­bies display a deeper, live­lier shade of red, danc­ing in the in­can­des­cent light at an evening soiree. Con­versely, emer­alds come alive un­der the re of the day. They hyp­no­tise you with their unique in­clu­sions and ra­di­ance that em­anates from ev­ery frag­ment of their be­ing, which only serves to fur­ther add to their no­ble char­ac­ter.

With ev­ery hue you encounter, whether in gems or fash­ion, there will be com­ple­men­tary and con­trast­ing colours. For ex­am­ple, the Man­darin Gar­net has re­cently be­come very pop­u­lar, with brands like Louis Vuit­ton us­ing it in their high-jew­ellery col­lec­tion, but that deep orange colour can be chal­leng­ing to pair. While yel­low and red would nat­u­rally be a good t, dare to wear an orange gem with a blue out t for a spec­tac­u­lar ef­fect.

While con­tem­plat­ing colours of the sun, let’s not for­get the myr­iad of yel­low­coloured di­a­monds, topaz, and yel­low sap­phires that dot our jew­elled universe. My rec­om­men­da­tion for the fam­ily of yel­lowhued gems would be, deep orange, red, and turquoise blue at­tires. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous, try a vi­o­let!

While the var­i­ous per­mu­ta­tions, com­bi­na­tions seem ex­cit­ing, let’s also re­main cog­nisant of what will look best on our skin tone. Colours of Paraiba tour­ma­line, cer­tain shades of Colom­bian emer­alds, aqua­marines, and brighter pink sap­phires will only suit ladies who have a cooler and fairer skin tone. Deeper hued gems work bet­ter for ladies that have a warm un­der­tone. An­other im­por­tant point, speci c gems such as ru­bies, spinel, red gar­net, and red tour­ma­line look best in in­can­des­cent light. The yel­low light will al­ways make red gems ap­pear more at­trac­tive.

But what about the ever-grow­ing fam­ily of blues? Pull out your tan­zan­ite, kayan­ite, aqua­marines and blue sap­phires on those foggy, over­cast, grey days and watch how they twinkle in the white and grey light. Aqua­marines in par­tic­u­lar look lovely in the evening un­der arti cial lights.

Now that we have un­der­stood the im­pact of light, skin tone and colour com­bi­na­tions, let’s talk lo­ca­tion. A beau­ti­ful, warm coloured ruby pur­chased in Bangkok, which is closer to the equa­tor, will be­come darker when it trav­els north to a city like Lon­don, New York or even foggy Delhi in winter. The so­lu­tion is be­ing aware of where you are likely to wear it the most and ac­cord­ingly se­lect a brighter or deeper colour. Im­por­tant to re­mem­ber when pack­ing for those des­ti­na­tion wed­dings!

The #1 trend in jew­ellery to­day is colour. Step out­side the box, dig deep into your jew­ellery draw­ers, or when all else fails, go on a shop­ping spree to bring colour back in your life. Each gem­stone is ex­cep­tional, no two ru­bies will have the same shade of red, just like ev­ery wo­man is dis­tinc­tive. What may be a per­fect colour of an emer­ald for one per­son, may not be the pref­er­ence of an­other. Each is unique, cre­ated un­der rare cir­cum­stances, but when pol­ished and cut through its jour­ney of life, grows into a beau­ti­ful gem that brings ra­di­ance, light, and ro­mance to our world.


Pre­cious Chopard emer­ald neck­lace


. Rouland Mouret

Amit Ag­gar­wal

Adler ruby ear­rings

Michael Kors

Hal­ston Her­itage

Gauri and Nainika

Wis­te­ria yel­low gold studs set with white di­a­monds, cit­rine, spes­sar­tite and pearls, by Sarah Ho

Man­darin Gar­net gold ring, by Le Vian

Le Vian’s Man­darin gar­net neck­lace

White gold ear­rings set with oval sap­phires and round di­a­monds, by Picchiotti

Sap­phire Mar­quis and di­a­mond ear­rings, by Su­tra White gold ear­rings dressed with aqua­marines and white di­a­monds, by de Grisogono

Plat­inum ring set with a 10.25-carat cush­ion-cut Sri Lanka vivid royal blue sap­phire and di­a­monds, by Picchiotti

18-karat white gold ring set with a tri­an­gu­lar rose-cut di­a­mond with a sur­round of baguettes, fur­ther lined with oval ru­bies and round di­a­monds, by Asian Star

emer­alds and di­a­monds, by Narayan Jewellers by Ke­tan & Jatin Chok­shi

Zam­bian emer­alds, by House of Meraki

Mozam­bi­can ru­bies and di­a­monds.

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