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strategies for collecting jewellery

Maybe you’re intrigued by jewelry in general, or perhaps you’ve fallen hard for one particular trend — here’s how to make it work with the rest of your jewelry wardrobe.

You might be looking for a little sparkle or ready to take your look to the next level. Whether you love collecting designer jewelry or you want to step it up by adding some more goodies to your jewelry box, it’s not always simple meshing your style of dress with jewellery pieces and ending up with a cohesive jewelry wardrobe.

There are several strategies for collecting jewelry, whether you’re just starting your collection or you have always been attracted to the sparkles.

Collecting one designer

If you’ve fallen in love with the work of one particular jewelry brand, there’s no reason to “play the field” if you don’t want to. You’ll know that a certain brand really resonates with you if you find yourself drawn to their pieces again and again, if you follow their website/ store to see if there’s anything new.

Your favorite brand’s pieces echo the style of your wardrobe — be it sleek and modern, vintage-inspired or ornate and jewel-toned. In short, if you love a designer, stick with it and amass an amazing collection.

Collecting one style

When shopping for clothing, if you look for fashion that has a really defined style, perhaps that should extend to your jewelry too. When choosing jewellery pieces, do you stick to a theme in its design, such as chunky silver, feminine and ornate pieces or raw, unpolished gemstones?

Sticking to a certain style of designer jewelry is like walking down the same shopping street every day. Once you’ve decided what your jewelry style is, then all you have to do is seek it out wherever you go — there’s your favorite design. Wear one particular style of jewelry and it will instantly define your look, and make you appear pulled together at all times.

High/low

Are you a woman who feels preppy one day, but like a princess on another day? Well, there’s nothing wrong with embracing your eclectic side, and even if the core of your jewelry wardrobe consists of gold and sparkling jewelry, you can really spice it up by collecting some fun pieces in different shades and color tones. Try combining a thin gold bracelet with pearl bracelets; you can even add a leather wrap bracelet to make a stack that’s fashionable and fun. Layer your real gold chains with fun colored beads or a stylish pendant — the sky is the limit. Just remember to not add too many elements to one “look” or you’ll just look confused.

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Top Antique finds this season

We love the latest trends and new designs. However, there’s always something special about a rare vintage style or one-of-a-kind antique piece. Check out our favorite vintage and antique pieces in our website.

With a hint of pearl…

For a while now, the lakshmi or the godess crafted pendants or necklaces have been in trend. This combined with tiny pearls gives a very vintage and antique look.

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How to wear this? Match this with maroon or dark coloured kanchivaram silks. Let the pearl glow in the dark background!

A dash of colours…

With colourful beads, this chain gives a perfect look of fun and fantasy for the wearer. We can see the most popular goddess etched pendant here.

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How to wear this? Pep up the sober coloured sarees and ethnic wear with this colourful pendant chain.

Kaasumalai:

An absolutely antique and vintage find that goes with anything in your wardrobe. This coin jewellery is quite popular in southern India and most of the brides would have atleast one in this kind.

 

How to wear it? The first one is rather a contemporary version of the kasumalai. Team it with any long haarams or wear it alone.

The long version is the authentic and the classic style. Much suited for the matured and elderly women.

 

Find your jewellery personality!

We all have our favorites in jewellery. Some of us like pearls…and some like chunky oxidized silver jewellery. Few are crazy about antique gold jewellery and few wants the shining american diamond stones on their necklaces!

Just like our favorite colors says our personality, our favorite jewels also means something.

Passion for Pearls!

If you think that just a string of pearl around your neck could light up your entire look, then you are the kind of woman who loves simplicity and comfort! You are classy with a sense of elegance and would like to keep your work life and social life as separate as possible.
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Chunky earrings and funky look!

If you someone who loves to wear chunky jewelry such as big hoop earrings, thick dangling necklaces, or extravagant rings, you are more likely to be an active, social and bubbly person. You are the ones usually surrounded by groups of people at a party.

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Gold means Royal!

Does the handcrafted carvings on the antique gold necklace and the contrast of ruby kemp stones steal your heart and take your breath away wanting you to match with your silks? Then you are the kind of women who enjoys being pampered and loves extravagant things! You are the balanced and cheerful one among your circle. You want to own anything best around & You are willing to work hard for it…

 

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Shining Star..

You love fancy…You love glitters…you love gazing at the stars on the sky. Your entire jewellery collection is filled with shining stones, zircons & diamonds! If this describes you, then you love freedom and embrace independence. You are bold and hate to be dependent on anybody. You like to get things done your way!

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Now tell us what is your personality?!!!

Kundan – The royal patronage of Mughals

Kundan ( K-uu-n-d-uh-n ) The word kundan means highly refined gold, and a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used. Kundan jewelry is a style of jewelry made with techniques native to India.

imagesThe history of kundan jewelry making in India dates back several thousand years to the Mughal Empire and Dynasty period in India, between 1526 and 1858. It flourished in greatly in the Mughal era as it received royal patronage with the most intricate form of Indian Gem Stone, and is the oldest form of jewelry made and worn in India, still in use. During Mughal period, the art of kundan work reached Rajasthan from Delhi. Later on, craftsmen from the different part of the country migrated to the place and made Rajasthan a hub of Kundankari. Over the years the kundan jewellery of the courts was successfully copied in silver in Rajasthan, Bihar and the Punjab states and became popular with common man as well. Pachchikam is one such variation of Kundan Jewelry. Today, it is known world over and Rajasthan is considered to be the centre for the best kundankari workmanship. There are many styles and variations in Kundan work, with the meena kundan being considered the most traditional. In this style, the stones are encrusted on one side and the reverse is decorated with elaborate enamel or meenakari work. It is said that the meenakari was a way of adding to the beauty of the kundan jewelry. But overtime it came to be as much admired as the kundan itself.

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Traditional kundan jewelry has stones encrusted on one side and colorful and intricate meenakari on the reverse. The entire technique of Kundankari lies in the skillful setting of gems and stones in gold, which is rarely solid. Holes are cut for the gems, engraving is carried out and the pieces are enameled. The core of the ornament is made out of lac, a natural resin. Later, lac is inserted into the hollow parts and is then visible from the front, through the holes left for the gems. Highly refined gold or kundan is used to cover the lac and gems are then pushed into the kundan. To increase the strength of the joints and to give it a smooth finish, more kundan is applied. Kundankari is such a specialized work that it is carried by a group of craftsmen, each carrying out a specific task. 125590-sonam-kapoor-in-the-movie-thank-youThe chiterias make the basic design, the ghaarias are responsible for engraving and making holes, meenakari or enameling is done by the enameller and the goldsmith takes care of the Kundan or gold. The jadiyas or stone setters, set stones such as jade, agate, garnet, emerald, rock crystal, topaz, amethyst, and spinel into kundan. With kundan jewelry, even the smallest piece is elaborate. It definitely can’t be termed as light jewelry. So it calls for a special occasion to bring out that kundan set.