All that glitters is almost always jewellery!

Just like a staple go-to kurta or the quintessential saree, every woman needs a jewellery collection to complete her ethnic wardrobe. With so many styles, designs, and materials available, though, it can be difficult to know where to start or rather where to end! I have learnt to invest in only a few jewellery pieces that are versatile and can be worn with any of my desi outfits.

Here are 4 essential pieces of jewellery you should always have at your disposal to complete your ethnic look.

1) Jhumka Bareli Wala

You reach into your closet and pull out your favourite kurti. You also grab your matching dupatta as you are feeling extra desi today. While you like both items, you feel like something is missing after you put them on.

A classic jhumka! Yes, it is the perfect way to frame any ethnic outfit and tie your entire look together. While silver oxidised jhumkas are perfect to create a rustic artsy look, gold jhumkas create a classic Indian look.


You can find these almost everywhere since this jewellery item has been a part of our heritage being beautifully adorned by rural Indian women since ages.

2) Kundan with Pastel hues

When you think of pastel hues you think of soft, sugary sweet and light hues like pastel pink, mint green and baby blue. These pastel hues – especially pastel pink – are an absolute must to add in your jewellery collection amidst the colorful pieces – and are perfect to add a soft and refined feminine touch to your look. Undoubtedly, nothing can beat the kundan jewellery which is an absolute must (just like your favourite LBD). When blended with pastel hues this will be the epitome of sophistication and grace. You can even give it a modern twist by choosing a kundan necklace that features mint green or blue stones.


I bought this piece from GK-2 market in Delhi. You can find similar pieces on many Instagram store too.

3) Statement choker

There’s nothing quite like a statement necklace to call attention and spice up a simple outfit. This stand out piece looks best when paired with a solid-colored dress or with any simple outfit with minimal jazz. Styling your go-to plain saree with various statement necklaces or your simple monotone lehenga is a fabulous way to add a glamorous twist to an old classic. Remember to keep the rest of your jewelry simple, especially your earrings. You don’t want to look like a little girl who overindulged in her mom’s jewelry box. By keeping your jewellery simple, you are letting the statement pieces speak for themselves.


By now, you must have known what a big fan I am of chokers. So I invested in a statement necklace which is a choker too. I love how it lifts my plain simple dress that I wore. To balance out the boring blouse the statement choker has worked its charm. I bought this beautiful accessory from Bellofox.

4) Oxidized Jewellery

Gold is so out, when it comes to styling your everyday dressing. What I most love about this stunning jewellery style is the rustic touch it brings to every style. Oxidised jewellery create a beautiful look with anything you team it up with. They look equally stunning in sarees as they do with jeans.

Be it the Afghani styled heavy chokers or the one piece necklace or the oxidised drop earrings – everything shout out boho from all angles and yet are equally close to our heritage.These days  silver is also mixed with lace, threads/pompoms, tassels and stones to create a multitude of colors too!!


You can find these affordable everyday pieces in the lanes of Janpath or from Dariba Kalan market in Chandni chowk, which a paradise for silver jewellery lovers. If you are a lazy bum or looking for jewellery with a twist you can find great pieces from websites like Kraftedwithhappiness and Koovs too.

So, what does your ethnic jewellery staples includes? Share with me in the comments or through pictures on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to tag me on insta in your ethnic pictures! You can also follow me on Instagram to stay updated about my new blog posts: @off_track_girl

All photos by my fabulous husband Akash Khandelwal.


With Love,

Himani Gaur

Stay gorgeous!

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