Gold, pearls, kundan, Meenakari, Polki and so many more varieties of Indian jewellery are a staple at desi weddings, events and festivals. But there’s a new trend that’s outshining the old – tribal jewellery with ethnic wear. Earlier paired with Indian outfits for semi-formal events, the likes of actresses Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan and Malaika Arora have elevated tribal jewellery to serious wedding wear status.
Made using earthy materials like bone, wood, clay, shells and metal, tribal jewellery is a great way to make a style statement with your ethnic outfits without spending a lot of money. Here are some great finds from around the web.
10 Tribal Jewellery Pieces We Recommend For The Wedding Season
1. Brass Tribal Earrings – Tjori
An absolute piece of artistry, the Kusum Green Stone Leaf Brass Tribal Earrings by Tjori is a great piece for all earring-lovers. This pretty pair has been handcrafted out of brass and the finish is antique silver. It features an elegant tribal design with embedded stones that will take any outfit up a notch. And what’s more? They are easy to carry and extremely lightweight, making wearing them a comfortable experience.
Style Tip: Wear these gorgeous earrings with a Chikankari ethnic dress or with a Mandarin collared blouse and skirt.
2. Silver Choker – Tribe Amrapali
There’s nothing as exquisite as a choker and this one’s a trendsetter for sure. Tribe Amrapali’s Rang Rangoli Choker is a colourful enamel necklace, handcrafted in silver. It’s a palette of stunning bright green, red and blue that catches your eye. With a combination of silver, enamel and glass, this choker is versatile.
Style Tip: Try this choker on with a silk saree or make your turtle neck blouse pop with this unique necklace.
3. Paisley Necklace – Tjori
Inspired by an ancient Persian design of curved, teardrop shapes, paisleys are a fashion staple. And Tjori’s Dhokra-Inspired 5 Strand Paisley Necklace is a stunner. A beautiful necklace inspired by the designs of India’s traditional Dhokra metal casting technique, it is handcrafted in German silver with an antique gold finish. This necklace features five strands of paisley embellishments and small beads that create an impressive piece of jewellery.
Style Tip: Lend an air of elegance to your colour-blocked lehenga with this necklace, or pair it with a solid kurta set.
4. Dagger Ring – Tribe Amrapali
Cocktail rings, dainty rings, stone-studded rings and so many more. But one ring that’s enough to make a statement is the Mantra Dagger Ring from Tribe Amrapali. This dagger-shaped embellishment ring is made in dual-tone alloy and adorned with enamelled and embossed mantra motifs. It’s time to go bold with a bauble that’s sure to make heads turn.
Style Tip: Go bold with this ring and pair it with your Bandhani kurti or crisp cotton saree.
5. Drop Earrings – Limeroad
Elegant colours can add a premium look to your earrings. Limeroad’s Priyaasi Silver Brass Drop Earrings with antique dual-toned lord Ganesha and bell-shaped drop are uniquely alluring. Expertly crafted, this pair creates a splendid visual with the dual tones and a pop of colour. It’s a perfect addition to your treasure trove of jewellery.
Style Tip: Take your jewel game to the next level by styling these earrings with your choice of saree or a solid khadi kurta.
6. Oxidised Necklace – The Stylease
Grace your neck with this glorious piece defining an antic silver peacock pendant contrasting with red thread locks. The Oxidised Peacock Necklace by The Stylease is an expression of creativity and made for the desi woman. The peacock motif is skillfully crafted and the red thread is vibrant, making it highly appealing.
Style Tip: Wear a multicoloured blouse or kurti, or adorn your organza saree with this marvellous neckpiece.
7. Chain Link Neckpiece – Tjori
A truly striking and statement-making necklace, Tjori’s Chain Link Silver Plated Brass Tribal Necklace is made with brass with an antique silver finish. This piece features a design of chain links supporting multiple chains – all elements handcrafted to construct a novel piece of jewellery. This one is worthy of a crush and ideal to stand out from the crowd.
Style Tip: Flaunt this necklace with a monochrome ethnic dress or a sharara set.
8. Silver Bell Earrings – Tribe Amrapali
A breathtaking pair of earrings, this one takes the cake for it’s out of this world design. These ghungroo drop earrings are handcrafted in silver with an oxidised finish, making them last a long time in your collection. They are beautified with colourful enamel and rawa details that fashion an exquisite look.
Style Tip: Jazz up your Ghagra Choli or style your brocade dress with these earrings to cause some serious fashion envy.
9. Metal Ring – Limeroad
A beautifully handcrafted unique chunky Meenakari lotus bohemian ring, this piece of jewellery is fabulously stylish. The Parijaat Silver Metal Finger Ring from Limeroad is adjustable and gives you a boho vintage look that goes with anything Indo-western. The tribal punk style makes it a must-have for sure.
Style Tip: Complement your jacket and kurta with this statement finger ring or rock the look with a pair of embellished dhoti pants and crop top.
10. Brass Necklace – Tjori
A combination of metal and thread, this bold neckpiece is quintessential for tribal jewellery lovers. Tijori’s Aali Brass Necklace is handcrafted using antique silver finish brass embellishments that hang on black cord. This necklace is a total stunner that helps revive your forgotten ethnic wear outfits. It features smooth circular pendants with intricately engraved long beads to create a lovely contrast.
Style Tip: Level up your mesh kurta or turn your ruffle saree into the talk of the town with this must-have necklace.
This wedding season, forget gold and put those kundan jewels on hold. Get your hands on some stunning tribal jewellery pieces and flaunt a unique sense of style. Go shop for your favourites, do a mini photoshoot and tag us in your Instagram posts!