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Jhumkas For Dusserah!
By Banalata Bipani
Chandelier ear rings or danglers as they are affectionately called are not new to India’s ethnic fashion. For centuries they have been known in India as jhumkas in north India and Jjimkis in south India. In fact it was one of the essential ornaments of the bride and as one jeweller exclaims “There stands the blushing bride in all her bridal finery, jhumkas dancing to her every move.” Even the present generations remembers the song jumkha gira re Sadhana did in Mera Saaya.

In the western fashion world also chandeliers have a respected place and eminent jewelers like Cartier and Swarovskis have been making them for the elite families to be handed over from generation to generation as heirlooms. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock, Julienne Moore and Jennifer Lopez have been known to wear signature chandelier earrings at public events. The ever-popular J-Lo, especially, has appeared in many a music video with different cascade-style ear ornaments.

Now, like the short kurtas and churidhars the jhumkas have also made a comeback in the Indian dress designers world. As Chandrika, a college student of Chandigarh states “it is the ethnicity and the fact that these type of ear rings go well with all her outfits, that makes it interesting”. Uma Mehta another fashionable young lady has this to say of jhumkas “ They transform my looks and one gets the feeling that the whole persona is changed for the better”. It is not only the college students, but also eminent fashion designers like Manish Malhotra like to show off these trendy jhumkas in their fashion shows and what more accept that “stone studded danglers” are the most attention catching. Watch the television ‘soaps” and you see a variety of these jhumkas and they get copied by upcoming jewelers. These do reflect the sense of style of the moderns.

The very word chandelier reminds one of a series of cascading lights. But when it come to ear rings, you can have the shape, and when made out of fine threads of silver or gold, you have an earring that will brighten any formal occasion.

What is the speciality of modern jhumkas?. They are large and are usually from 1 ½ to 4 inches in length. In addition to gold, crystal beads are one of the most popular components, so that as the wearer’s head moves, the crystals light up.

The danglers come in a variety of materials, often festooned with small bells, in some case with sequins . If you want ones ones with mirror work, then alsothere are no problems. You can have the jhumkas in black metal, silver, gold wood and even terracotta and these earrings seem to be alternate for gold in formal functions. Jhumkas come in many forms and it is accepted that more complex the style is, more sophisticated is the wearer.. One of the most popular are the chandelier cut designs with an elaborate web of cooured stones and metal.The rule is that they can reach far down the neck areas but should not touch the shoulder area.You can have jhumkas also with a long stem and just a large coloured stone at the end of it. But popular fashions considers this as too plain.

One important attribute to the jhumkas is the fact that it accentuates the length of the neck. The swaying of this so ethnic jewllery creates a hypnotic melodic effect. When you want an ear ring that emphasizes feminine curves and gives grace to languid movements there is nothing to equal it. Style icon Rina Bhandari says, “Large jhumkas, a combination of bangles and an exceptionally heavy choker, is traditionally perfect in the backdrop of the wedding mood”.

Rina,, who heads the design team at Modern Jewellers of Bombay says, “As far as earrings are concerned, the bigger the better. Though jhumkas have been associated with Indian weddings since time immemorial, chandelier earrings are the rage this season”.

The chandelier ear rings have become a part of the formal wear. Your ornaments collection should have at least one pair of these jewels, For elegant jewellery like these, are a part of the stunning visual treat you would like to effect

These ear rings are also a universal solution for your occasions. You can wear them with your black suit to the board room meeting or with your jeans and sexy tops to the beachside party.

One thing you should remember is that, when you wear a chandelier ear ring you want to get noticed. As such do not feel odd about the style or the colors.

There are some precautions to ensure that these earrings look good on you. Ensure that the pair you choose is not too long for your neck line. As such measure the distance from your ear lobe to your shoulder, so that you can decide the maximum length they are to dangle.

Then again your body size and face size are essential factors, so that the danglers are not too big. With a large face you can look striking with the long earrings, but a smaller face requires smaller of these fashion accessories.

P.S..Change your ear rings often from the danglers to smaller ones. This will be easy on your ear lobes and will ensure that they do not get overloaded..

—(Maharaja Features)
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News Updated at : Sunday, October 14, 2012
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