While we were in a tete-a-tete with jewellery designer Rahul Luthra at his store in Karol Bagh, we discovered a colossal variety of Indian jewellery that exists and learnt about the different materials, the techniques and the types, some of which took us by surprise.
Going into the depth of the selection of bridal jewellery, Rahul mentioned, “Brides these days want to customise even the tiniest part of their jewellery, from the nath to the hath-phools, they want every detail to be given importance.”
That’s when we knew we had to make a bridal jewellery checklist!
What are the jewellery pieces that every bride needs traditionally or wants in her bridal box? These 18 items, we’d say.
Of course, every custom has a lot more things that are included, but these jewels definitely find their way in most of the Indian weddings.

1. Kalira

These are a must-haves for a Punjabi bride. Every kalira that is tied denotes good wishes that friends and family passes on to the bride. They are super special, we agree and significant too, so why not ditch the regular ones and go for this statement kaliras with the leaf hangings.

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2. Head Ornaments

Headgears are making their way into ethnic fashion as the newest endorsement for the bridal look. They go well with the cocktail outfit and add more glamour to the mehendi look too. Actress, Hrishitaa Bhatt looked amazing in hers.

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3. Satlada Haar

You may have a stock of long kundan necklaces and Rani Haars, but a Satlada is something you need to include as a 2017 bride. This seven layered necklace with tiny pearls and stones add a graceful look to your ensemble. Sabyasachi’s models and Aishwarya Rai in Jodha Akbar have both flaunted this in the recent times.

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4. Cocktail Rings

Along with your engagement ring, you need some iconic and significant rings that stand out. A unique piece that sits on your henna hands can be quite a head turner. It’s perfect for your cocktail night or the reception.

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5. Pacheli

“Sudarshan Chakra” shaped bangles studded with stones, Pacheli could just highlight the whole view of the hand ornamentation. If worn with classic red and white chudis, it defines the look and make one stunning set.

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6. Passa

This fan shaped jewellry is worn on the left side of the head. Made of gold, silver, pearl, kundan or crystals materials, this antique piece gives the ideal majestic look. Though it also goes well with lehenga and choli but a zardosi bridal gown and a passa is one opulent combination. How can we forget Anushka in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?

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7. Nath

Sonam Kapoor floored everyone with her nose ring from Raabta by Rahul at Cannes in 2013. Do we need to convince you even more why you shouldn’t be ditching nose ring? This model is wearing a bridal version of that nose ring and needless to say her sublime appearance is pleasing.

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8. Choker Necklace

Can’t  make up your mind whether you should go for heavy luxurious necklace or an elementary one string beaded necklace for your reception? Then the choker with the side shoulder body chain would be a striking and interesting choice. As brides are always looking for something unique this cover up would do absolute justice.

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9. Meenakari Jhumkas

Normally a bride would don a meenakari necklace but the colorful and vibrant meenakari jhumkas will make the standard bridal look breathtaking as the brilliant colored earrings grant a glimmer to a bride’s face.

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10. Matha Patti

The big and bold matha patti has made its comeback into the bridal bijouterie. Not that brides were unaware about it but the primary choice was maang tikka in the past few years. If you want to kitsch it up a little meenakari or necklace as a one side matha patti would add a glam to your look.

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11. Haath Phools

The age old antique jewellry – hath phool was very popular in the Mughal era and no wonder why, this master piece adorns the entire bridal and stands out with its intricately designed chains. Hath phool with a big kada attached to it looks splendid on a bride’s hand.

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12. Mang Tika

Mang Tikas have been one of the most important part of the bride’s solah shringar and at Raabta you can select from their exuberant collection. The different types of mang tikas are not only for your wedding but for cocktail, reception and a simple after party too.

13. Chudas

Chudas are the most intimate jewellry a bride can wear. Chudas have evolved drastically in designs, types and colors. From the plain classic chudas to embellished pastels chudas and the ones with symbols of the bride and grooms. Raabta gives you many options for the chudas.

14. Bichiya

As it is the only day a bride gets to adorn her hands and neck with extravagant jewellery, why leave out your toes? Bichiyas give you that ritualistic feel and help in making off the Indian bride.

15. Kamarbandh

Kamarband is not only your traditional jewellry but has evolved into a lot more. You can add to your outfit to make it more interesting. You can wear it over your cocktail gown, sari and even dhoti pants.

16. Pouchi

This traditional piece of hand jewellery, created with a lot of ribbons and threads signifies the presence of a bride. It’s worn on the wrist and can be made with navratna stones or just polki and kundan.

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17. Kadas

Another jewellry for you hands adornment and needless to say that Raabta has a whole lot of options to choose from to make your day even more lovely. From meenakari kadas to gold embellished ones, their myriad collection will leave you awestruck.

18. Payal

Payal is that delicate and graceful jewellery for the bride. From simple anklet like payals for your cocktail or mehendi ceremony to four chains payal for your reception to magnificent paizeb for you wedding, this jewellry will leave you wanting more.

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Raabta is a classic jewellery brand curated by Rahul Luthra. It’s his perception of the traditional beauty of a woman and the incarnation of art that defines his sense of style and reflects in all his jewellery pieces. You can find them online on Pernia’s Pop up and Aashni and Co.

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