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Emeralds shine among B-town celebs as the go-to wedding jewellery pick

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Women are taking to the colour green, which symbolizes fertility and eternity, is rarer than diamonds and has been worn historically by royalties from Cleopatra to Lady Diana

Mumbai: Diamonds, forever a woman’s best friend, has serious competition – at least in the bridal jewellery space. Thanks to a number of high-visibility celebrity weddings recently, emeralds are fast turning out to be the gemstone of choice for many brides planning their wedding ensembles.

Among the newest brides in B-town, Parineeti Chopra accessorised her wedding outfit with a layered necklace made of emeralds and uncut diamonds in an antique finish.

Actor Nayanthara, who wed director Vignesh Shivan in June 2022, wore a Zambian emerald choker, polki, and Russian tumble necklace along with a satlada chain with a flaming red sari on her big day. Kiara Advani paired Zambian emeralds with natural diamonds to go with her pastel lehenga at her wedding in February this year. For the reception, she sported a necklace with rows of teardrop-cut emeralds separated by diamonds.

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Pratiksha Prashant, Chief Executive Officer of Kishandas Jewellery, said, “Emeralds symbolise prosperity, making these the perfect choice for brides, who are going for everything from emerald necklaces to statement earrings. The green colour goes well with all skin tones.”

Agreeing with her was costume designer Rushi Sharma, who said that emeralds are becoming increasingly popular in north India, while south Indian states prefer 22-carat gold for jewellery such as vaddanams, kasu malas, vankis, and chotis. The same holds true for Bengali weddings in eastern India, wherein pure gold pattu haar and kaanbala have been widely accepted.

For Kiara’s wedding, she wore a tight emerald choker, and Sidharth Malhotra, the groom, also wore the same gemstone, points out fashion designer and stylist Ashley Rebello. “Deepika Padukone wore an emerald choker with a pendant for her reception and it looked stunning with her gold sari,” Rebello added.

Nowadays, women are pairing simple saris, gowns or even evening dresses with emeralds, because they resonate with green, the colour of fertility, royalty and eternity. Those are some reasons why, according to costume designer Manoshi Nath, brides-to-be are naturally gravitating towards combining emeralds with diamonds and pearls to create stunning jewellery ranges.

Courtesy: TOI

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