Poets have waxed eloquent about it; artists have devoted vivid hues and flamboyant strokes of their brushes to it; sculptors have etched and chiseled it for eternity to admire. Such is a woman’s pristine beauty. To those who like a good tickle, Adam was but a practice run for God, who then corrected his errors and created his vision of perfection in Eve.
A woman needs little to make her the cynosure of all eyes. And today we dedicate ourselves to women who believe less is more and celebrate their uniqueness with minimalist jewellery. Minimalism is a movement in sculpture and painting that arose in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple, massive forms. In music, it is an avant-garde movement, characterized by the repetition of very short phrases which change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect. The word jewellery is often associated with grandeur and opulence, but it need not be so. One can make a quiet style statement sporting ornaments that are simple, yet chic, minimal, yet elegant. It is a combination of the simplicity, the boldness, the starkness, and the hypnosis that gives birth to minimalist jewellery.
Yes, those jhumkis, danglers, and antique baalis are to die for, but you can make just as many heads turn with a pair of solitaire studs that talk for themselves. The muted sophistication of prong set solitaires is incomparable and is almost instantaneously awe-inspiring. With versatility that is incomparable, you can wear it to work, to a wedding, with a cocktail dress, or with casual everyday attire. Play around with different cuts, like round or princess, depending on your preferred levels of brilliance. Experiment with base metals, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum. Make that solitaire shine. Or play a clever ruse on your admirers by wearing invisibly set smaller diamonds that look like solitaires.
If diamonds are still out of your reach, may be these neo-modern danglers and hoops in finely crafted gold and silver may interest you. The sharp lines, with an air of delicateness, add to the minimalist mystique.
You can further temper the look with that special ethnic touch, an antique bead here, a bold gold disc there, an interesting and rare mineral gently wrapped in gold, may be even a bizarre marriage of gold and silver…
Dress your neck delicately too. Dare to bare with a pendant that dangles off a near invisible chain of gold. Let the luster that the single solitaire flashes every time it catches the rays of the sun, be your only ornament of style. Don’t be shy to play the invisible setting deception again while economizing the ever favourite solitaire.
Minimalist it may be, but there are no limitations of repeating the clean lines of your danglers and hoops in your pendant, or in matching your unique and quirky mineral earrings with just as quirky a pendant.
Or maybe you would like to brave the bold look with a chunky beaten gold choker with a prehistoric flavour, or a textured white gold necklace that mimics a collar?
Perhaps the most varied and extensive minimalist designs are those that adorn the wrists. From delicate bangles and bracelets, to coils of bold gold, thick bands with textured gold, abstract and geometric shapes such as triangles, and the occasional tribute to the Cubist movement, these are works of art in their own right. Don’t dismiss the rawness of the design- enjoy the attention that they steal for you.
How can we forget your pretty, dainty fingers? Embellish them with rings that follow no rules. Perch a solitaire so high that the entire stone is visible, or entwine abstract shapes on to them. Play around with spiral rings on top phalanges of your fingers and make a statement with a bold thumb ring. Experiment with negative spaces of gemotric figures or brave the rings that are themselves angular.
What makes the minimalist trend in jewellery so alluring is that there is literally no limit, no constraint, and no canon that dictates how you should sport these pieces. A growing movement in the west, India is just about awakening to the design prospects available with minimalist jewellery. Perhaps we are held back by our traditional perception of what precious jewellery should look like. Don’t let our catalogue trick you into believing that we are reticent in embracing this fascinating style. At the heart of Gehna is our commitment to customization. Visit our store, liaison with our talented team of designers; pick your favorite solitaire, tell us what texture you’d like on your prehistoric necklace or bangle. We promise to deliver, because innovation is what drives us.
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