A woman's heart is a curious thing; there are times when it will flutter and fly in all directions, swaying and dancing according to the changing winds. And then there are those times when it will choose a thing as its own, forging a relationship that will last a lifetime, never budging or moving like the North Star.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Make-up: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe and jewellery: Aarong
A woman's relationship with the objects of her vanity is a topic for discussion everywhere, particularly the one with jewellery. To the undiscerning, naked eye jewellery is nothing more than trinkets fashioned out of precious metals but to a woman, it is so much more.
There are pieces that once bought will provide a woman joy and happiness for all her life, hence forming a bond much deeper than many others. It is a fact universally known that a woman can never have enough clothes or shoes but in terms of jewellery, certain pieces are so versatile and so unique that one's relationship with them transcends time, and at times, generations.
Many women pass on their favourite pieces to their daughters and granddaughters, making their appeal even more unique and timeless. The ubiquity of these pieces also makes them a necessity, a must-have for a stylish woman's wardrobe.
A piece that lasts one a lifetime and whose appeal only increases with time is considered a classic. A Kundan set is one such item that will forever hold a place of pride in your wardrobe. The traditional set that has layers of Kundan with maybe drops of emeralds, pearls or rubies is always beautiful and elegant.
While Polki sets may be hot and happening, a Kundan set is truly unique and will never let you down. Another similar design is the Noborotno set which has nine different stones -- pearl, ruby, turquoise, opal, topaz, sapphire, diamond, cat's eye and emerald.
Each of the nine stones represents the nine planets, elevating its status to something spiritual from that of a regular piece of jewellery. It is incredibly versatile, since the multi-coloured stones complement outfits of almost every colour. Whether you own it in the form of a pendant or a necklace, it is equally useful.
Jewellery with Meenakari is another must have; it looks particularly stunning in chokers and long, layered necklaces. Moving away from necklaces, Kakon or Bala in gold, with intricate work and embellished with pearls, rubies and emeralds, look fabulous and elegant. They also look great in just gold, with paisley or floral motifs.
Another such piece is the Shagorika ring, which adds a wonderful finishing touch to one's look. It's always worth investing in these pieces which will never lose their appeal and will always look elegant and beautiful.
For those women who are not much enamoured by the glint of gold can opt for pieces such as strings of precious stones in vivid hues like Lapis Lazuli, turquoise, coral and amethysts among many others. When worn with a diamond stud, these pieces always look sophisticated and are great conversation starters.
Chunky silver jewellery with tribal and geometric motifs looks earthy and chic. When these pieces are embellished with coloured gemstones and pearls they add a different dimension to one's look. Aarong has an inexhaustible collection of fabulous silver jewellery that is sure to tug at your heartstrings!
Pearl strings are also must-haves; there are many different colours, shapes and sizes to choose from, pick one that you know you'd love always.
Lastly, every kind of jewellery requires some degree of maintenance and care. Do not spray perfume or makeup directly on the jewellery, and always store pieces in individual cases or pouches to prevent scratching, discolouration etc. With these pointers in mind your objects of desire will stay with you faithfully, now and forever!
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Wardrobe: Chondon for Star Lifestyle
Jewellery: Farzana Shakil's personal collection
Makeup & styling: Farzana Shakil