Fashion pundits have given their verdict on the summer wardrobe — and for one, hemlines are crawling up with determination. If its a season for flashing well-toned legs, then its also time to look for the perfect accessory for those ankles. The good news is that there are loads of them around — anklets, payals and toe-rings — and they are flying off the shelves like hot property. They may have been around for ages, but now they have emerged in new avatars for the summer. So take a look at whats on offer before you upgrade your summer wardrobe.
Toe rings are very much the in accessories for the citys PYT brigade. And why not, since this one at least, doesnt burn a continent-sized hole in your pocket.
Check out Chamba Lama in New Market for toe rings that are priced anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 300 each. They come in silver, white metal and gold-washed silver. Our pick was the chunky ones with stone inlay.
A few doors down, Heritage has an equally impressive range. Take your pick from a selection of toe rings in silver and oxidised metal which cost just Rs 250 a pair. The eye-catchers in their selection are the ones with intricate meenakari work. These cost about Rs 300 a pair.
Saakshi in City Centre meanwhile offers gold-plated silver toe rings set with green jade for upwards of Rs 250.
Toe rings made from a mixture of gold and copper — primarily used for costume jewellery — are available at Anjali Jewellers. They are set with uncut rubies, emeralds and kundan and are priced anywhere between Rs 300 and Rs 550 each. Traditional silver toe rings here cost Rs 550.
At the most expensive, are the broad meenakari toe rings in gold at B.C.Sen Jewellers that cost a whopping Rs 8,000 apiece. Here, you get a whole range to choose from in gold going Rs 4,500 upwards.
Anklets come next — and are they making a statement this summer! In case you are wondering, anklets are not the same as payals as they are the ones that come without bells and are usually more delicate.
There are plain silver chains that sit delicately on the ankle and cost about Rs 700 a pair at Chamba Lama. But there are cheaper ones in metal for Rs 100 each. Whether its floral patterns or beaten silver, youll get a wide variety here.
Some of eye-catchers at Chamba Lama are the ones embellished with semi-precious stones like garnets and amethyst costing between Rs 700 and Rs 2,000 each. The pick of the lot here are intricate anklets set with natural pearls that are tagged at Rs 1,900 for a pair.
Chamba Lama also stocks up on kundan anklets costing Rs 800 and these have proved to be quite a rage with the ladies. Also flying off shelves are heavy, solid metal anklets which are designed to look like the tribal jewellery called kharu, priced between Rs 800 and Rs 1,000 apiece.
At Heritage, you get plain slender chains and patterns for about Rs 300 a pair. And if you are looking at making a statement, wed advise you to go for the exquisite paisley patterned silver anklet that costs about Rs 750 a pair. To add a bit of colour however, youd do well to pick up a pair of anklets set with semi-precious stones. These cost about Rs 3,000 a pair.
At Central Cottage Industries, an intricately designed silver anklet costs Rs 1,194 for a pair. One set with semi-precious stones also caught our eye costing Rs 759 a pair. In terms of colour you have a huge choice and can take your pick of anklets set with garnets, black onyx, Tigers Eye and amethyst, available between Rs 400 and Rs 1,200 a pair. Our pick of the lot is the chic Jaipuri anklet with heavy metal carvings which can be yours at Rs 820 apiece.
A pair of gold anklets from Anjali Jewellers meanwhile will cost you about Rs 24,978. You can also have them custom-made depending on what you really want.
Payals have never been out of fashion, what with them being wardrobe essentials when it comes to the ethnic look. And it seems theyre only getting more fashionable by the day.
A range of silver payals at Chamba Lama have ornate designs and do feel a bit heavy for daily wear. Besides, they are priced at Rs 3,700 a pair.
Heritage offers a huge range of designs. The orange kundan pair fashioned on traditional Rajasthani designs is a winner. Expect to pay Rs 3,000.
Another must-have is the pure silver inch-wide Kolhapuri payal that comes at a pretty price of Rs 6,000 a pair. You can go for a slimmer version of it too, which is priced at Rs 4,000 a pair.
A heavy silver pair inspired by Rajasthani meenakari paisley designs at Anjali Jewellers caught our fancy. This will empty your pockets by Rs 8,200. Here youll also find payals set with American diamonds for about Rs 3,000 a pair. A chic pair in silver with a net-like design is priced at Rs 7,500. A range of silver payals with tiny balls hanging from a slim chain can be yours for anywhere between Rs 950 and Rs 2,250 a pair.
Saakshis repertoire includes a pair of gold-plated, silver payals that are set with red zircons at Rs 2,500 a pair. A stunning kundan payal with its peacock head clasp is easily the pick of the lot. It will empty your pocket by Rs 4,000. Dont forget to check out the polki payals set with uncut American diamonds for Rs 2,000 a pair and the kundan meenakari pair at Rs 3,200.
Payals get a whole new definition at B.C.Sen Jewellers, available from Rs 15,000 onwards. The solid gold chandrachud-designed pair at Rs 45,000 is quite the showstopper. Also check out the meenakari pair thats priced at Rs 36,000.
Its time now to cool the heat by flashing some of these classy trinkets and put your best foot forward!