Hello there readers! Today on BollyInstyle I’m quite pleased to share with you some breathtakingly baubles created by a team of sisters in India.
Based in Delhi, Jewelry label Zariin offers avant-garde, classic pieces, and has been highlighted as one of the top three jewelry labels in India. Big whigs in the fashion world have indeed taken note— at only a couple years old, Zariin has already been featured in magazines like Elle and Vogue in addition to now being available in over a dozen countries in 300 stores. I find this so fantastic as both women are also adventurers, and entrepreneurs, in addition to being designers!
To me, jewelry is an important part of my external expression of personality and taste. Most of the jewelry that I own has some sort of story behind it, or makes me feel a certain way when I wear it. I feel like the women behind Zariin (sisters Mamta & Vidhi) really understand this special relationship that women have with the pieces of jewelry that they wear. You can see really see their love of beauty and color in the pieces. All of the Zariin jewelry seems particularly idyllic for making you feel fantastic and lovely, which is so important! Their signature style is to wrap crushed gold around uncut, organic stones. The result is really stunning.
I’m adoring the entire ‘Showstopper’ ring collection!
What is the story behind your favorite piece of jewelry? Or, is it your favorite simply because it makes you feel like a million bucks?
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Hi All – How is your holiday season? I’m a little behind on my list of ‘things to do’, but I thoroughly enjoy the craziness and warmth this time of the year.
Today, I’m so excited to introduce one of BollyInstyle’s favorite designers, Meenoo from Minou Bazaar! She creates handmade Indian-inspired jewelry using vintage and contemporary elements. She writes about growing up in the eastern culture during the holiday season. Her upbringing resonates in her beautifully crafted jewelry. Be sure to check out Meenoo’s etsy choices that show a blend of both cultures.
Of all the holidays I celebrate, the Christmas season is the one that’s the most emotionally mixed for me. Maybe some of you can relate?
I did not grow up with nostalgic holiday traditions. We did not have a Christmas tree until I was in college. I came home for winter break my freshman year and there was a fake Christmas tree in the living room. A short one, with lights and ornaments. My littlest sister was the American-born daughter, and by that time my parents had also assimilated to American mainstream culture inch by inch. My father was against the tree but he was won over when my mom tied a statue of Radha and Krishna as a tree topper. Tentatively we exchanged small presents on Dec 25.
When my family moved and bought a new house, they inherited a large Christmas tree from the previous owners of their house. The house was a large colonial with beautiful hardwood floors covered with carpet. My family put the tree in the living room so it looked out onto the street. It proclaimed: we are fine with having a tree.
Each year I would go home for winter break to a house transformed with holiday cheer. There was a large glorious tree trimmed with ornaments, tinsel, and Radha/Krishna on the top, as always. Soon a wreath materialized on the door, with red ribbons. An evergreen swag appeared on the banister, and electric candles in the front-facing windows. On Christmas Eve we would turn on the Yule log on TV, or the holiday music radio. Shopping for gifts became an event—always centered in the mall—where we would get dropped off and picked up. On Christmas day we would get up, run downstairs, and open gifts, just like the movies. But we would open each gift at a time so everyone would see and had an opportunity to admire. This was no simultaneous ripping and trashing of paper. The gift-giving ceremony took an hour at least. There were so many gifts! Our lack of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the US was never felt as keenly as those days.
Our main event of the day was cooking an elaborate Christmas feast. Because we didn’t have a prescribed menu, we felt free to experiment. Each year the theme changed. One year we made South Indian fish with coconut rice. Another year we made food inspired by the Silk Road. Our feasts were never boring!
After I married a non-practicing Jew, we came up with our own holiday traditions. Year after year we lean towards the natural aspects of the season, splashed with hot pink and turquoise vintage ornaments from my all-too desi predilection for bright saturated colors. Imagine pinecones dunked in glitter, red berries, and little red birds to mimic the cardinals that we feed at our bird feeder. Imagine sparkling paisleys, elaborate henna designs, and jewel colors to make your home bright.
Here are some items from Etsy that capture the mix of Indian and American celebrating the holidays. I hope you enjoy it!
source: Minou Bazaar
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It’s always nice to come across affordable jewelry that works well for both the everyday and the not so everyday. It streamlines things, especially when you are very much a busy bee! Pieces that you can wear that go with pretty much anything, that can be worn alone or with additional accessories to switch up a look. Something that you can slip on and feel great about how it and you look.
That’s just what I found when I discovered Pearl Amour Jewels on Etsy: ‘elegant everyday jewelry.’ Pearl Amour Jewels was started by an awesome full-time Mom in Toronto that specializes in handmade jewelry.
My favorites in the shop are the ‘Sari’ bracelets. With strips of lovely chiffon woven with light-catching rhinestones, the ‘Sari’ bracelets seem like a perfect way to add a touch of easygoing glamour to your jewelry collection. This Green Tea Sari Bracelet is such a soothing color and would be an unexpected pop to a simple outfit of jeans & a t-shirt, while also working well with dressier outfits. The ‘Sari’ bracelets have a bit of a vintage feel to them which I always like.
You can check out the Pearl Amour Jewels shop on Etsy here—the pieces make great gifts too!
source: Pearl Amour Jewels
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She creates stunning pieces of art that can be worn, as India’s first conceptual jewelry artist. Not only does she show her pieces at art galleries and exclusive stores/shows; she was even invited to share at the Society of North American Goldsmiths this year.
Her name is Eina Ahluwalia, and I find her absolutely fascinating.
Constantly striving to share her stories and interpretations on life through her work, jewelry designer Eina Ahluwalia makes one-of-a-kind pieces that are soulful and superb.
In addition to the care and thought that goes into each piece, Ahluwali makes handcrafting by masters in Kolkata an essential part of her label. This keeps techniques alive as well as letting traditional craftsmen make a living doing what they love. Working on perfecting the way their skills impact the aesthetics of the jewelry for almost ten years; the intricacies are often mistaken for laser cuts.
Learn more about Ahluwalia in this quick video below:
Ahluwali studied in Holland and Italy and has repeatedly been pointed out as a rising star in the fashion, design, and art communities. I love finding out about designers like Ahluwalia. Making art from the soul is so important, and she definitely puts a piece of her passion into everything she does.
Browse her website here
Find and follow her on Facebook here
source: Ahluwalia site and Boticca.com
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While doing a little reading on Los Angeles based jewelry line Haati Chai, it became apparent that I wasn’t the only one to ‘judge this book by its cover’ by falling for the name right off the bat.
With such a great combination of words, how could the line not be full of statuesque and pleasing pieces? The name definitely holds true for the aesthetics throughout both the men and women’s collections. Haati Chai is ‘elephant and tea’ in Bengali—two of my favorite things!
Although only a couple of years old, Haati Chai has already caught many jewelry lovers’ eyes with the beauty and design of the pieces. Designer Stella Simona has created various modern adornments for the body–much more than just basic rings, earrings, and bracelets. Each piece is thoughtfully handcrafted using traditional and contemporary techniques and influences.
I’m completely drawn to the balanced, earthy aspect of the pieces—they’re just really lovely with the use of materials like wood and stone. I also really admire the subtlety of the Eastern Indian influences in the jewelry, mixed with architectural elements. While the pieces all look incredibly unique they also beg a closer look, to be discussed.
I haven’t been a big jewelry wearer of late, but finding Haati Chai has really given me some great ideas on pieces I could add to my wardrobe for both casual and more formal occasions. Some of my favorites? The Haati Chai Rangamati Necklace, Haati Chai Pya Headpiece, and the Mehj Ring.
Which ones speak the most to you?
source: Haati Chai
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