Bling for your nails
For some time, the French manicure took over the salons. All the fashion conscious women wanted clear, shiny nails with white tips. Normal nail polish was just not ‘in’. Now, the time has come for the French manicure to be relegated to the background as well. Why paint your nails when you can bejewel them to make a funky fashion statement? Nail jewellery is taking the salons by storm – and embellishing nails are now much more than adding nail art in the form of dots and designs with paint. Now you can pierce your nails with fancy rings, pearl and gem studs and what have you.
If you thought this was a recent phenomenon, think again. Nail jewellery dates back to as far as the 15th century! During the Ching dynasty (1644-1912) the Chinese upper class grew the nails of their little fingers longer, to distinguish themselves from the labour class. Manual labour is obviously impossible if you have a long talon on one hand. This was probably the first attempt at nail jewellery in the history. To protect these nails from chipping, they made “Chinese nail guards”, out of gold or silver which was heavily encrusted with stones. High born Manchu women during the Ching dynasty in late 19th century China wore them as fashion accessories because long finger nails were seen as symbols of wealth and luxury - and critics say nail art is just meaningless fashion!
Coming back to 21st century nail jewellery and nail accessories are a huge trend now. There are a myriad variety of nail jewellery in the market like dangling rings, crystals studs, and the “serpensive” – which is is a collection of nail rings by Jules Kim of Bijules. A modernized version of the Chinese nail guard, serpensive jewellery is like a ring that adorns the nails and is adjustable according to your fingers. Available in silver and gold these rings are priced around $180. Yes, that is a lot of money but that should tell you how crazy women are about jewellery these days.
From platinum and diamond to brass and rhinestones, studs, rings and stick-ons - nail jewellery is available in every variety; they are the talk of the town. And with a rise in this fashion statement the nail spas are picking up business very well. Though it is more popular in the other parts of the world India is picking up pretty fast. For example, the Kiana Nail Academy by Sunil Bajaj, which has offices in Mumbai and Delhi, has special treatment for the brides to be. They have a service called “nails for bridals” in which they beautify the bride’s nails by applying dazzling nail jewellery on them. Pocket pinch is around 3000 to 10,000 INR, and is exclusively available from the Kiana team.
If you are not up for that kind of expense, you can try a DIY kit at home. Nail jewellery and nail art kits are available in many beauty stores near you and on most online stores. Artificial nails which are already bejewelled are another option if you don’t want to pierce your own nails. Just get some rhinestone and bright nail colours and you are good to go.
Go ahead- dazzle everyone with your glittering nails!