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Tradition with a twist
The collection at Cocoon. Picture by Rashbehari Das

With the price of gold shooting through the roof, getting high on silver is the mantra this season. Go for a big gong on your neck or let pretty paisleys dangle from your ears. Choose tribal with a twist or get ready to dazzle with stone-encrusted silver shine. t2 goes trend hopping...



Well-finished silver jewellery is in. “It shouldn’t look like silver plating or sterling silver. It should resemble white gold or platinum,” says t2 columnist and jewellery designer Suhani Pittie.


Ethno-contemporary is here to stay. “It is traditional in the sense that even our mothers and grandmothers possessed silver maalas but nowadays, it’s been given a fashionable twist,” explains Suhani.

Jewellery designer Eina Ahluwalia explains why: “These ethno-contemporary styles perfectly cater to today’s generation who want to stay away from the very busy looking traditional Indian jewellery, especially since there has been a drastic shift in the clothes that youngsters wear. The result is that jewellery is simpler with cleaner lines, but with a traditional reference point.” Eina stresses that this tradition-to-today translation works well with all kinds of jewellery — rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and also in-the-moment cuffs and bangles. Even lifestyle store Cocoon’s latest offering includes silver jewellery, all ethno-contemporary — handcrafted silver taabeez, earrings, kadas, thin wire-like bangles and pendants that are designed by Spanish designer Quique Subiros and made in Jaipur.

Statement pieces are doing the rounds of many a trinket box and it’s all about “a single piece that tells a story”. Try on a pair of silver anklets that resembles chokers or make heads turn in cute cuffs and beautiful brooches. Norkila Sherpa of Chamba Lama displays chunky cocktail rings that stand out as statement pieces. Set in stones like lemon topaz, smoky topaz and paua shell, they look gorgeous.

Jewellery designer Vasundhara Mantri swears by silver jewellery studded with semiprecious stones. In her WIFW collection titled Zenana (named after Mughal harems), she had plenty of rubilites, onyx, pearls and emeralds. Lots of stones mean a rainbow of colours. According to Eina, colours add an element of playfulness to any piece. “Yellow, orange and brown are the colours of the season. Solids are also popular,” she says.

Sisters Kajol and Tanishaa look pretty in silver danglers


Morocco and Africa are slowly seeping in. “They have been seen on the international ramps, not only in clothes but also in jewellery,” says Eina. In Cocoon there are colourful thread balls that have been strung together with silver beads in different shapes and sizes. Ovals and dholaks have been designed into bracelets and neckpieces.

Some of Mantri’s pieces are inspired by traditional miniature paintings.

Different kinds of finishes are also in fashion. Choose from a coffee or gold or go for a bronze finish. You can also experiment with textures. Mantri recommends engravings and filigree designs.

Saionee Chakraborty

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