Tis the season to buy jewellery. Okay, it’s not really jewellery-buying season, but jewellery is the big thing now—chunky bracelets, bangles and armlets, big stones on rings and earrings, and monstrous and extra delicate pearls strung on long necklaces. It’s all a tad overdone and you just can’t have enough.
As if they could feel the desire in the air, Bvlgari has opened a boutique at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai. Its special feature is a VIP exhibition room that displays exclusive jewellery pieces. It also has a special area for accessories and some very exquisite pieces are available, including the Lucea collection of jewels with pearls. The cutest piece in this collection is a luxurious multi-strand necklace with a cascade of Akoya pearls, combined with small square and round shapes in white gold with pavé.
Among bracelets, rings and necklaces, my personal favourite is the trend of wearing gorgeous, big chunky bangles in combination, or on their own. They were first spotted on the runways at the Chanel, Stella McCartney and Hermès spring shows. Of course, you can buy the more affordable versions, but the fashionable way to wear bangles this season is to buy branded, loose chunky pieces and let them casually dangle around your wrist. Almost every brand has its own version and here are some of my picks:
—Louis Vuitton’s transparent bangle, with the monogram in tiny gold cut-outs floating inside (Rs18,000)
—Chanel’s black and white sparkly bangles, best when worn in combination (coming soon to stores)
—Bvlgari’s leather wrist band (Rs12,700)
—Mont Blanc’s sterling silver leather cuff (Rs13,750)
—Tiffany & Co.’s donut silver bracelets (approx. Rs9,900)
Of course, you could go a step further and buy a jewelled version from your own jeweller, but here’s a serious piece of advice: Do not wear these as accessories with Indian wear. Really, Indian clothes look prettiest worn with glass, diamond or gold bangles delicately tinkling on your wrists. This chunky look creates an assertive, glamorous edge to set off the voluminous black and white trends that are big for the season, adding that extra hint of luxury to your spring/summer look.
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