AFFAIR OF A LIFETIME
It's a craze, it's a passion, it's an obsession. Jewellery
as always lured women. Make your wedding a dream come
true with those pieces of jewellery that your have desired
the most. Pervin Khajotia tells you how to pull out
all the stops while choosing jewellery for one of the
most treasured moments of your life.
How much should your spend
on your bridal set? How many sets are too many? What
are the current trends - the styles, the metals, the
stones? Will it be diamonds - it is surprising what
this little piece of carbon can do for a woman! Or is
it the everlasting lure of the yellow metal? It truly
is a difficult choice to make.
Wedding jewellery is a special collection of the most
evocative and emotional pieces of jewellery that a woman
will treasure all her life Choosing bridal jewellery
is an unforgettable moment. Here, we hope to help you
make the right choice, get the right prices and live
up to the spirit of the new millennium.
window shopping: See
the pieces being displayed in the shop windows and get
some idea of the designs that are trendy, available
as well as the price that might fit your budget.
for a reputed jeweller: Ask
your friends and family for the name of a reputed jeweller,
or go and talk to several jewellers. Don't be afraid
to ask questions and take your time looking at the right
piece of jewellery. Decide on a jeweller whom you can
trust and rely.
your price range: It
always helps to fix the budget in advance. Always insist
on a buy-back guarantee from the jewellery store.
the jeweller: See
to it that the jewellery you buy does not clash in any
way with the wedding dresses that you plan to wear.
So, if you are already through with your clothes, keep
the patterns and colours of your outfits in mind while
choosing jewellery. Or you can use the design on the
jewellery as motifs and patterns on your bridal dress.
you are done with buying all the you want, get your
jewellery insured. The jeweller from whom you buy your
jewellery can also give advice on insurance.
LURE OF GOLD AND TRADITION
the who are lured by gold, they must know that other
than the standard, traditional yellow, both white gold
and the more up market pink gold are in. High polish
in close competition with dull, matter or sand-blast
gold jewellery like Thewa, which used gold over glass,
is a god choice for weddings. Fuse it with Scandinavian
scroll patterns and the French `fleur-de-lis' and it
remains traditional yet trendy.
A bridal set could could cost Rs. 30,000 upwards. "I
have my clients coming back for every colour in glass
available," says Roopa Vohra, the woman who single-handedly
has turned this dying 400 years old Moghul art into
a world phenomenon. Each piece is hand-crafted, and
there is a minimal repetition of designs.
The finest minakari work is done on pure gold, which
1 lends itself to intricate designing.
The minakar or the enameller uses fine translucent enamel
of different colours, depending on the requirement,
to fill design. Your can set precious stones on minakari
These days many jewellers give designs that combine
both kundan and minakari work. Traditional kundan ornaments
have a mellow, opaque appearance and are made in gold
You can also use these traditional Indian techniques
for trendy and unconventional designs. Traditional Indian
designs like Pachikam and South Indian temple designs
are as popular even today.
Diamonds, believe it or not, are affordable and are
available in 14,000 different categories. So there is
always a diamond for every budget. A diamond is a sound
long-term investment. Besides, which bride does not
want diamonds with her wedding jeweller? But how do
you actually go about buying a diamond?
Dos and Don'ts of buying Diamond.
Be aware of what you are buying.
Two diamonds of the same size may vary widely in quality.
And if a price looks too good to be true, it probably
is! To become an educated customer, it is necessary
to understand the four Cs: Cut, Colour, Clarity and
Carat Weight. Don't be afraid to ask questions and take
your time looking at the right piece of diamond jewellery.
is the way the facets or flat surfaces are angled: a
better cut offers more brilliance. The modern `brilliant'
cut, which is the most widely used cut in the world,
has 57 facets. `Brilliant' cut diamonds come in a variety
of shapes, including round (which is the most popular,
princess, oval, pear, marquise and heart.
diamonds and fancies are the rarest and most valuable.
Carat: It refers to the weight of the diamond. Larger
stone are more rare. 1.50 carat for a bridal set is
the most ideal diamond weight.
fewer the natural marks or `inclusions' the better is
the diamond. For the first time, diamond jewellery retailers
are offering brides in India special diamond sets -
`Vivaha' - specially designed for the wedding day.
These sets are available at all diamond jewellery retail
outlets in India and come in different price ranges
- a set comprising a diamond ring, necklace, bangle
and earrings is available from Rs 75,000 onwards.
The Mangalsutra, a very significant part of bridal jewellery,
has metamorphosed. The original concept was that of
a black row of beads to ward off the veil eye. Today,
the Mangalsutra has made a comeback as a must have fashion
accessory for every bride. While pendants have changed
in shape from the traditional designs to more contemporary
versions with diamonds and precious stones, the basic
concept of the 2 piece remains the same.
If you want bridal sets custom-designed, here are some
valuable tips on styling and current trends by some
of India's leading designers.
Poonam Soni feels that simplicity is the key word today.
"There have been evident changes in bridal jewellery.
The bride of yesteryears was bedecked form head to foot,
but now designs are within personality limits."
Neeta Bhosle, who caters to the, more traditional clientele,
feels, "Flat diamonds, bikaneri and minakari are in.
White gold is certainly doing the rounds." In her designs,
she aims to bring freshness into traditional styles,
using the same motifs but in different forms.
Neelam Kothari's haute, upmarket jewellery line may
cost Rs. 4,00,000 onwards for a bridal set. "A new look
that is moving a lot abroad is black metal - oxidised
white gold. Rose-cut diamonds have become popular once
again", says Neelam.
As you can see the choices in bride jewellery are mind
boggling. We hope that by now, we have narrower them
down for your. A woman romance with these mythical bridal
jewels never dims. The lure lasts for lifetime.
What does sola shringar actually
mean? What does it include? It is the 16 aids to beauty
that traditionally were adorned by most Hindu brides:
- worn on the parting of the hair.
Tika - worn on the forehead
Balon ka haar - flowers for the hair
Jhumka - earning
Nath - nose ring
Haar - necklace
Mangalsutra - wedding chain
Kanthi - choker
Angoothi - ring
Hathphool - bracelet with ornament for palm and rings
connected with chains.
Kada - bracelet
Bazuband - arm band
Kardhani - waist belt
Pahzeb - anklet
Ghungroo - ankle bells
Bichhwa - toe ring
is the difference between 24K and 18K gold?
In the karat system, the purest
from of gold is expressed as 24K, referred to as 1000
fineness. When there is a combination of metals wit
gold (alloying), it affects greatly its colour, temper
and hardness. That is how we have white gold, green
gold, pink gold, etc., wherein normally he alloys used
are silver, copper and zinc in certain proportions to
get the desired result.
The number of karats signifies the purity and fineness
of gold. 18K 3 gold signifies a mixture of a base metals
like copper, silver, since with gold in which the gold
content is 18 parts of 24, meaning 75 per cent. It is
also denoted as 750 fineness. Hence, if you have two
identically designed rings in 18K gold and 22K gold,
the one in 22K will definitely be heavier and more expensive
than the one in 18K. This is imply gravity of 22K gold
is more than that of 18K gold.
the international pricing system work?
The international gold rates
that appear in the newspapers are based on the troy
ounce system of measurement. One troy ounce is equivalent
to 31.1035 gms, So what is quoted is $350 per troy ounce,
which means that the per gram price of gold will be:
350 divided by 31.1035 divided by 24 multiplied by 18
multiplied by approximate dollar rate. This equal Rs.
362-90/gm is the case of 18K piece of jewellery.
the factors that come into play when you consider the
price of a piece of jewellery?
The cost of the gold Sales
Tax (two per cent) Labour Cost Packaging Expenses for
jeweller bag and box. The cost of hosting the customer
in an ambience befitting the industry. While your local
jeweller may charge less, the bigger and more reliable
brands do not compromise on the above mentioned factors
that form a part of the in-built cost.
the colour of gold changes at the joints in some pieces
In the case of handmade jewellery
where the practice has been to join the different parts
of the jewellery using solders, we see tarnishing especially
in a lot of old jewellery. However, this is changing
greatly with the advent of improvised solders that are
available which eliminate such colour difference at
the joins. This occurrence is not there in many of the
branded jewellery, where the jewellery is one piece
and manufactured by the process of casting.
I do if my ring is looking old and shabby?
A lot of jewellers offer to
have your jewellers polished and cleaned for your at
no extra cost. But remember that this process may result
in a very minute loss of gold during polishing, though
the loss is negligible. Alternatively, you could just
buy a polishing cloth or chamois skin piece and keep
polishing your jewellery yourself. This is not as effective
as a polishing motor but it is the next best alternative.
can I tell whether my gold is the karatage that I have
The `karatmeter' introduced
by one of the popular brands tells you for certain as
to the gold karatage of a particular piece. This, however,
does not work for chains and bracelets or any piece
of jewellery involving joints. The Fire Assay is the
most reliable option, but it requires a part of the
piece to be melted for inspection.