How to pick Indian Jewelry that you can actually wear again!

Earrings c/o Sangeeta’s Bazaar

If you followed this blog for a while, you know I love Indian fashion and accessories! Sometimes I think back to when I was a child who refused to wear her Indian clothes in public. I remember one time when I was 10 and my mom wanted to go grocery shopping after a morning puja at our Temple. I refused to enter the store in my salwar kameez. My mom, being the strong mom that she is, would not let me say in the car alone. I finally agreed but only after I put on a jacket – in 90 degree heat! Since then, I’ve come a long way in accepting and embracing my Indian culture. It wasn’t easy but finding a South Asian American community in college that I could connect with helped. Now I love everything Indian from movies to fashion. When I first started blogging, I was into to the latest trends in South Asian fashion and designer wear. While I still am interested in trends and designer wear, I prefer outfits and accessories that will last more than a season. That is why I love finding jewelry that is classic yet contemporary. When I met Sangeeta, founder of Sangeeta’s Bazaar on Instagram, I loved her designs. I  teamed up with Sangeeta to put together our tips on how to pick Indian jewelry that you can actually wear again!

How to pick Indian Jewelry that you can actually wear again!

  • Quality: When it comes to Indian jewelry – quality is everything. I cannot tell you how many times I have had my jewelry fall apart or get tarnished. I’m not sure why the pearls or diamonds fall off but they almost always do! Now, I really look at the finishing and see how the jewels are held together.
  • Design: Last summer, I was in love with Chaand Bali earrings. Chaand Bali’s were all the rage and so in trend. While I like the design, I’ve realized that I really only wore them with my Indian outfits.  I still follow trends (hello Jumkis), but I now look for designs that I can wear to work or with a jeans and a top.
  • Functionality: This sounds easy but when I see jewelry I love – all logic seems to go out the door. I’m sure many of you can relate to wearing Indian earrings that are super heavy. When I was younger, I used to deal with the pain but now I care more about functionality. When looking for jewelry,  I try on the earrings before buying and make sure that they feel comfortable.
  • Aesthetic: It may be the Punjabi in me but with jewelry – the bigger and louder the better. I almost always wore statement earrings with lots of bling. Now that I’ve matured a bit (I hope!), I prefer more classic understand pieces. I feel more elegant wearing studs and non-dangling earrings. A year ago, almost every pair of earrings I owned where danglers!
  • Insider tip: Between you and me, these days it’s almost impossible to tell if Indian jewelry is “real” as in gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, and gems. While I do believe in investing in real jewelry as family heirlooms and for special moments in your life, on a day-to-day basis it’s more practical and safer to wear artificial jewelry. Also if you find good quality and designs – it’s really tough to tell the difference!

    

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