It is that time of the year when the weather takes a turn for the better and the air is beginning to smell of festivities. It won’t be soon before wedding invites begin to trickle in. When there’s wedding talk, can shopping be far behind? And speaking of bridal shopping, it’s best to start with jewellery. There are many options for a bride to choose from – kundan, jadau, polki et al and at the recently concluded India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) in Mumbai, the trend pointed towards chunky pieces teamed with precious as well as semi-precious stones. Antique pieces like kangans, head bands, big jhumkas ranked high on the trend meter. Also making its presence felt was the cuff with traditional jewellery designs.
Once the prerogative of a rockstar’s wrist – remember those leather cuffs with spikes on them – the cuff has now emerged in a high-glamour avatar. For the last few seasons the focus has been on big, statement rings and it seems cuffs are set to take over. No surprise then that Notandas and Sons Jewellers have put together an entire collection of diamond cuffs. All pieces are crafted from yellow, rose and white gold and studded with multiple diamonds. The diamond cuff pieces have clusters of diamonds set like meteor rain or stars streaking across the sky. It’s like that one statement piece you’ll need to play up. And you don’t have to be dressed in an ethnic outfit to carry it off. A bejeweled cuff will look equally chic when worn with a LBD. Choose from many options.
The line-up by the lifestyle brand Symetree also caught our eye. Their recently launched ‘Almas-e-Nizam’ collection boasts of jewellery which has incorporated uncut diamond polki and chunky emeralds that have been teamed with tourmalines and pearls. Diagold is another designer brand that’s focusing attention on the wrist. We are lusting after an Italian gold cuff with the centrepiece made from real Zambian emeralds accentuated by round brilliant cuts and baguettes. Equally worthy of attention is the cuff with a combination of diamonds with a leaf cut ruby flower in the centre.
Elsewhere leading couturier Maheka Mirpuri and bijoutier Gautam Ghanasingh of the brand Ghanasingh Be True have collaborated to launch an exclusive line of limited edition couture jewellery with the former providing the design sensibilities and the latter executing the same with their technical know-how. The result is a collection that comprises an eclectic mix of elaborate bridal chokers, stunning chandelier earrings, contemporary cocktail rings and cuffs, and detailed neckpieces. The collection of cuffs boast of contemporary designs and some of the most striking pieces include the elegant pearl pieces, black and white classics and the more elaborate hammered gold and un-cut diamond pieces.
Synonymous with luxe Indian heritage jewellery, cuff finds a contemporary interpretation in the latest line by designer brand Amrapali. Their emerald and tanzanite jewellery selection includes broad cuffs and carved emeralds and tanzanites define the look of this collection. Now that’s a stylish way to be arrested, won’t you agree?