Most bridal jewellery finds limited use after one’s wedding day. However, we’ve highlighted a few innovative ways in which you can flaunt these jewels time and time again
The kaleera is one of the most treasured pieces of bridal jewellery. Loved by trend conscious brides, this ornament is now a sought-after bridal accessory across cultures. “From gold enamel leaves to shells, personalised motifs to a string of dangling pearls— there’s a whole lot to explore when it comes to the kaleera. Whether you choose to customise them as per your theme or buy them ready-to-wear, the kaleera truly completes your bridal jewellery box,” shares Rahul Luthra, CEO, Ra Abta Jewels. But what happens once your big day is over? It’s hard to get a second wear out of the kaleera set as it is mainly worn during the wedding celebrations. However, if you’re still keen on putting them to use, Luthra suggests incorporating them in your home décor. Use them imaginatively—whether as ceiling ornaments or curtain holders.
Head Over Heels
The sarpech or kilangi is pinned proudly on a groom’s turban. “Exuding a royal appeal, the kilangi truly adds the right finishing touch to the groom’s safa thereby enhancing its look,” points Siddharthaa Sawansukha, Managing Director, Sawansukha Jewellers. However, after the big day, this essential jewellery item finds little to no use in a groom’s wardrobe. Sawansukha reveals, “The kilangi can be used as a brooch, which can be pinned onto ethnic ensembles for family functions and social occasions alike. You could also give it to your wife to wear as a pendant.”
The chooda is a set of bangles and a musthave in every bride’s jewellery box. “It not only signifies the marital status of a woman, but also is a sign of prosperity and fertility as per Hindu beliefs,” divulges Tarang Arora, Co-founder, Tribe Amrapali. Long after your wedding, make use of your chooda by stacking it together with different bangles. “The chooda is composed of red and white bangles. With red being the primary colour across a number of traditional outfits, these bangles can be paired with gold and polki bangles to add a traditional touch. This way you can still cherish the most important accessory of your wedding every time you attend an auspicious occasion.”
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