Trend Alert: Statement Jewelry; The Rise of Oversize!


When it comes to apparel the majority of the experts agree that less is more, understated is the way to go, and keeping it simple is the most effective style statement. However on the subject of jewelry and accessories in general, the reverse applies not just at home but globally as well. Chunky statement jewelry pieces and bright bold accessories are the order of the day. This delicate balance of yin and yang produces a harmony that is appealing to the senses. There is beauty in symmetry which comes across in this resurging trend.

Maheen Karim wearing her own gold cuff and animal print for Secret Closet interview

From the personal collection of Madiha Sultan Tai CEO of Lals for an article with Secret Closet

Add some bling to your ensemble with a prominent gold cuff such as the exquisite carved gold pieces from Maheen Karim and Madiha Sultan Tai’s collections. A broad cuff will complement any ensemble be it contemporary modern or traditional wedding wear and will draw just the right amount of attention! Kiran Aman of KFJ is one of the most experienced designers of artistic statement jewelery in Pakistan. Her creations are a powerful manifestation of her emotions and she is renowned for her beaten gold signature pieces which were also modeled by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy at the Oscars. Aside from classic gold or diamond you can also opt for the look with an antique creation such as a quintessential pearl and polki studded cuff from Sherezad’s latest polki collection. The neutral tones will pair up with any color in your closet.

Kiran Aman’s collection showcased at PFDC Sunsilk FPW 2011

Polki and pear cuff by Sherezad Rahimtoola (left) Gold cuff made by Kiran Aman for Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for the Oscar Awards (right)

The chunky jeweled trend is not limited to just precious ornaments, ethnic beaded statement pieces are very much on top of the in-style list. Semi-precious stones offer a much more diverse range of colors and textures and will set you apart in any given crowd. Take a cue from Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for the Gucci Women in Cinema Awards at the Venice Film Festival that took place last month. The orange and ferozi necklace paired with a simple white kurta is exactly the kind of balance we’re talking about! Another cultural piece we loved was seen at Misha Lakhani’s store launch. An exceptional turquoise knotted number with matching brooches on the sleeve lapel of a neutral tan kurta. We wish we knew the designer for this one; we would have loved to share her with you. If anyone knows please do enlighten us as well!

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s ethnic necklace and Maheen Karim belt for a film screening at The Venice Film Festival, photo courtesy Zimbio


 A beautiful turquoise necklace spotted at Misha Lakhani’s store launch, photo courtesy Catalyst Catwalk PR

The style was also spotted on the runway for India International Jewelry Week 2012 with heavy emerald and polki clustered neck pieces modeled by Nargis Fakhri and Sonam Kapoor being our top picks. Sherezad Rahimtoola at Labels is a genius of this technique at home. Bijoux by Rumeena Ishtiaq and Glitz Tressors specialize in quality semi-precious stone over-sized cocktail rings that display a contemporary chic charm. If you’re a ring fanatic you will love their work!

 Nargis Fakhri wearing Amrapali & Sonam Kapoor at International India Jewelry Week 2012

Emerald and polka necklace by Sherezad

Cocktail rings by Glitz Tressors

Apart from jewelry Maheen Karim shows us how to glam up an elegant ensemble with bold accessories in metallic gold with her signature line of handcrafted petaled belts and brooches that adorn her creations. The effect adds that extra oomph factor and completely elevates the appeal of the entire look.

Maheen Karim signature accessories in shoot for Labels and Sunday Times by Nadir Firoz Khan & Maha burney

The addition of distinct accessories to your outfit has become essential these days due to the increase in commercial retailing of brands. If you want to stand out make sure you’ve accessorized a bit! For more information on the mentioned designers, visit their profile pages on our website.

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