How to style bollywood jewellery

First published: 19-07-2017

Bollywood dressed woman

Bollywood jewellery captures the spirit of Bollywood itself: fun, bright, and always bold. From extravagant bridal jewellery to eye-catching jewellery sets, you can drape yourself in its irresistible glamour and make your ensemble sing.

There are a few key rules for successfully working Bollywood-style accessories into your look. Knowing them means it won't be a song and dance to bring Bollywood into your everyday wardrobe. We're going to give you some inspiration, or you can browse our jewellery selection to find the perfect pieces for you.

  1. Go for gold all over

anne klein double layer necklace

Gold is an important aspect of Indian culture, and it plays a role in religious ceremonies and family events. Brides are given golden jewellery to wear during their wedding, which they pass down to their daughters in years to come.

Embrace Bollywood by taking inspiration from bridal jewellery. The beauty and simplicity of gold means you can mix and match different pieces to suit your personality and preferences. For a bold look, layer a variety of gold chains, golden bangles and earrings. Or scale it back and pair a few simple gold pieces together, such as a cuff bracelet and delicate hoop earrings.

  1. Amp up the colour with jewel tones

nine west gold plated drop earrings

Bollywood music and dancing is vivid and energetic, and the outfits are designed to match. Rich colours such as orange, red, and turquoise are often incorporated into Bollywood costumes, and you can recreate the look with your jewellery.

Look for gold and silver pieces that have a splash of bright colour. Depending on the occasion, big, chunky pieces like Storm's Gemza Blue Earrings can be a fun addition, easily paired with other gold and silver accessories. For a more subtle look, consider delicate, teardrop earrings that feature a subtler shade, like gold plated earrings by Lona and Lilly.

  1. You can never have too many bangles

halcyon days agama sparkle bangle

Bangles are the perfect accessory to complement the graceful and energetic arm movements in Bollywood dancing, and they're a quick and easy way to begin your own Bollywood look.

A fun and versatile accessory, bangles can be styled in a host of ways. For a minimalist look, consider mixing metallic tones, like those in Calvin Klein's Gold Gorgeous set. Alternatively, embrace the full-on Bollywood vibe and create your own combination, mixing gold, silver, and coloured bracelets for a fun and fashionable look.

  1. Diamonds and pearls add a feminine touch

ted baker storm crystal chain earring

Gold looks especially stylish when contrasted against softer elements like crystals, diamonds, and pearls.

Bollywood wedding jewellery often features a delicate headdress, made from strings of crystals and pearls. Take inspiration by incorporating crystal, pearl, and diamond bracelets and earrings to add a hint of femininity to your Bollywood-inspired look.

Simple, stud earrings like the gold and crystal design by Anne Klein can bring a subtle touch of shine. For a more dramatic look, consider drop or chandelier earrings, like the Swarovski Tearearrings by Karen Millen.

  1. Finish it off with a statement necklace

lonna and lilly fancy filigree necklace

Bollywood is defined by colour and vivaciousness, and a statement necklace is the perfect way to express these themes.

Bridal jewellery often features collar necklaces that layer gold with crystals and coloured gemstones. An extravagant statement necklace, like Lonna and Lilly's Fancy Filigree necklace (pictured above), can act as the main feature of your outfit by showcasing all of Bollywood's essential elements at once.

Alternatively, you can channel the look with a necklace that features one main aspect of Bollywood jewellery. Look for a bold piece that shows off a set of coloured gemstones, an oversized metallic pendant, or layers of crystals similar to the style of Ann Klein's triple row necklace.

Bollywood jewellery is irresistibly fun, and you can tailor it to suit your own level of glamour. Look for bold, gold pieces that feature colourful jewels, crystals, and pearls. Layer it on or opt for a few subtle touches. Whatever your style, get ready to embrace the feel-good vibes!


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