Jhumkas- Creating the Timeless Ethnic Look
Chandelier ear-rings or danglers are not new to India’s ethnic fashion. They have been a favourite with girls since ages, being more affectionately referred to as ‘jhumkas’, that sounds more ‘desi’ and closer home! In fact, they have always been considered as the part and parcel of the quintessential Indian bride’s look, with the jhumkas dancing to every move of hers!
They have also been immortalised by Bollywood over the decades, with the very word appearing in some of the all-time popular songs, and of course, the typical Hindi film heroine decked up in all her finery, and one simply can’t miss the pretty jhumkas onscreen! The delicacy and exquisiteness of these pretty pieces have wowed women forever. Thus, be it for festivals, family occasions or even parties and outings, jhumkas are an inevitable fashion statement for girls and women like, and they simply cannot ever seem to have enough of them.
Though inherently ethnic, jhumkas also go well with Indo-western wear, such as kurtis or tunics teamed with denims etc. This versatility factor also accounts for them never getting old or outdated. Coming in various shapes and sizes, colours and looks, stone-studded or chunky pieces, they never fail to transform your look for the better and add that extra edge to your appearance that grab eyeballs. Usually large and varying from 1.5 to 4 inches of length, they can be made of gold or with crystal beads, which light up as the wearer’s head moves. They often come festooned with small bells, sequins, mirror-work etc. They can be made of black metal, silver, gold wood, terra-cotta etc. and can be a good substitute for costlier jewellery that women often want to avoid. The elaborate designs and intricate styles are considered to raise one’s sophistication and style.
It is the swaying of the jhumkas that are considered to be the most attractive part, creating a hypnotic, melodic effect. They are a visual treat and must occupy a place in every woman’s collection. However, they need to take care of the fact that the pair they choose is not too long for their neck-line. Body-size and face-size are also important criteria when choosing the right danglers, so that they not too big. Larges ones go with full, round faces while those with smaller faces should stick to the smaller ones.
The trend of ‘jhumkas’ will never get old and will remain a classic piece of jewellery and are a universal solution for all occasions! Beautiful, striking and exotic, they are worth-cherishing, forever and ever!