7 Retro Style Wedding jewelry Which are Back With a Bang

by Andrew Patterson
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Traditionally, Indian wedding jewellery were all about glitz, glamour, and magnificence of gold. No matter how gorgeous they are, not all bridal trousseau goes well with gold. The modern Indian bride is more confident than ever. She is not afraid of experimenting. Yet, she might be reluctant to do away with heirloom pieces or anything conventional completely. If you are among a bride facing the same dilemma, then here are a few tips to strike the perfect balance with pieces of jewelry.

Nose Pins

Nose pins and nose rings are not new in the world of women’s fashion. In fact, nose piercing has been in trend since the last decade. Yet, when it comes to bridal jewellery, you can experiment with a number of innovations. For example:

  • If you want to go for a La-Bollywood style, you might try a Mastani-style nathni as Deepika Padukone donned in Bajirao Mastani or something that Vidya Balan wore in Cannes.
  • Go regional with a Maharashtrian style ring, or a Tehri style nathni.
  • If you have not pierced your nose, you can pick from dainty pieces having securing tapes. In that case, try picking a minimal piece. If you want a bigger thing, then choose a lightweight nathni that appears to be ornate.

Kamar Bandh

Very few wedding jewelry can adorn and ornate your waistline in a way Kamarband can. Waist belts or kamarbandhs can look amazing on both curvaceous women, as well as in the ladies having a proper body shape. There are different styles to choose from. For instance, you can choose from antique silver designs, pearl waistbands, as well as kundans. Keeping a few pointers in mind can be helpful:

  • If you are wearing an ornate saree or a heavily embellished lehenga, then a simple waistband would look nice.
  • Again, if you are wearing a lehenga or a very simple saree, you might want to pick a more intricately designed, layered jewelry.

Layered Necklaces / Rani Haar

You may not want to invest in a Rani haar unless you have some heirloom pieces handed over to you. Also, they are not the thing that you can wear off and on. Yet, if you are planning for a regal wedding, then there is a smart way to don the ‘rani’ look with your necklaces. Try looking for a layered necklace set, the chains of which can be detached. Having such a piece would enable that you wear the necklaces separately after the wedding is over. Do you have some more ideas to explore your creativity?

Temple Jewelry

Your bridal look is all about bringing out the inner goddess is you. There is hardly a way better than picking temple jewelry for the purpose. They have their origins in South India. The golden-tinctured jewellery comes embedded with dazzling precious and semi-precious stones nowadays. This gives you an opportunity to pick a design that match with your budget.

It has been long since temple jewellery, or just about any type of South Indian style jewelry, were believed to go with traditional Kanjeevarams only. But even if you are not wearing Kanjeevaram on your wedding, try pairing these pieces with a brocade lehenga. You will not regret the look.


Mathapattis or headbands have always been a bride’s favorite friend. Now side tikkis or Chapkas are also enjoying their share of popularity. The advantage of chapkas is that you can wear them along the hairline, thus flaunting the rest of the hairdo. And they look gorgeous, by all means. A chhapka is conventionally designed for shararas or lehengas. Yet, they can be a stunner if you pick a dainty piece and wear with a simple saree. Allow yourself to dazzle in your cocktail wedding reception.

Ear Cuffs

Now they might not embody being ‘traditional’ in the technical sense of the term. Yet, they do have a tribal appeal that represents your inner wilderness.

Ear cuffs are a global trend this wedding season. So for the bride who is Indian at heart and lives in a cosmopolitan ambiance, a pair of gem-studded ear cuffs can seldom fail to impress. These cool ear cuffs are also a fitting choice for brides going for a white wedding. If you want to toss your diamond or pearl ear drops for a change, then cuffs are right there for you.

Hath Phool

Literally translated as the flowers for hands, these hath phools can adorn your hands, especially if you are not going overboard with your mehandi designs. Generally, they have a center piece (usually having a floral motif), which connects to your bracelet with a chain. There seems to be a hath phool for every type of bridal attire. So have a pick from the filigree beauties, kundan wonders, and sophisticated pearls.