Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
Jewelry is a topic every bride considers when preparing for her big day. In most cultures, jewelry plays a quintessential role. In Indian weddings, each piece holds special meaning to the bride, the family or her husband. As modern culture and traditions continue to mesh, certain aspects disappear while others hold firm. Traditional jewelry sets often consist of 16 jewelry types, but brides often pick and choose their favorites. These gorgeous adornments found in Indian culture have intrigued Western designers, and Indian-inspired jewelry is a popular choice for any bride.
Common Jewelry Types ...
|A jewelry adornment consisting of chain with a hook at one end and a pendant at the other. The hook holds the piece in the bride's hair while the chain is placed in her part. The pendant falls on the center of the bride's forehead (where the chakra is). Eye-catching head pieces are always a beautiful addition and can match the veil in embellishment or color.|
Big, bold, and heavily embellished chandelier earrings are a must for the Indian-inspired wedding set. According to traditional legend, evil spirits are capable of entering our body through its many openings. By adorning your ears, you were protected from these evil spirits both mentally and physically. Ear cuffs are not uncommon as well.
|And not just one. Large collar necklaces often reach down to the heart, believing to attract or strengthen emotions such as love. This elaborate jewelry is also worn to attract good luck and avert the evil eye. Popular styles include close to the collar necklaces paired with matching longer pendant versions or a strand close to the throat as the base with large bib-style piece of embroidery connected.|
|These are often considered marks of a married woman and contain romantic symbolism. Bangle bracelets are often gifted and worn in sets. Made from circlets of metal, bands of gemstones and any number of materials--if they're beautiful, brightly colored and highly decorated, they're perfect. And, these aren't just found on wrists. Up the forearm and up so far as above the bicep, bracelets are a must.|
Hand and Ankle Bracelets
|Also called hand flowers, slave bracelets, cufflets and more, these graceful adornments for hands and feet wrap around wrists and extend to the fingers or start around the ankle and reach to the toes. For more information about these adornments, take a look at the ''Trend Flash: Hand Bracelets'' article.|
Multiple finger and toe rings adorn the bride during wedding ceremonies. These can be simple bands or decorated with gemstones and other embellishment. Toes and fingers are elaborately decorated for stylish splendor from top to bottom.
|Other Aspects to Consider ...
Popular shapes: crescents, round go-go, filigree pendants, teardrop, fan, circular florals, dangling briolettes
Color schemes: precious metals (lots of gold), rich gem hues (specific colors are often influenced by region, but ruby, emerald and blue sapphire are common hues), natural-colored pearl
Materials and textures: Seed bead embroidery, clear or colorful crystal set in precious metal, glass rhinestones, pearl strands