Treasured Trinkets | A Caratlane Collaboration

26.8.17


It's no secret. Your impeccably styled outfit will always need a couple of accessories to look fully complete because a cute necklace and a gorgeous pair of danglers can transform your good outfit into a terrific one. Some women pick their jewelry once their outfit is complete, while some pick their outfit based on their jewelry for the day, and that's exactly what for this collaboration with Caratlane. In the past, I zoomed past multiple phases; from an avid jewelry hoarder and collector (I used to match my earrings to my rings and my bracelets even when I was going for my tuition) to a statement junkie for the last few years which I've documented a lot here on the blog to a current minimalist where I barely wear anything around my neck or in my ears. For me, on a personal level, I think one piece of jewelry is fantastic and two pieces are still fine when it comes to venturing out of the house. Three pieces might just be a fail. That's why it's important to make sure your one or two pieces really hit that mark. I still find myself attracted to statement jewelry and love to sometimes add in the most minimal pieces every now and then. And that's what got me in love with Caratlane.


My introduction to Caratlane took place a few years ago when I was working with Yash Raj Films for a promo song where they partnered with the brand. I remember sitting in the YRF office and staring at the hordes of bracelets that were sent for selection. I think out of around 24 pieces, I managed to pick almost all and leave out only 2-3 pieces, even though it was not really required of me to make that choice. What surprised me was eventually when it was time to shoot, everyone else collectively agreed that all the bracelets looked fabulous when stacked together (it was 2013 and I was always shipping arm parties and convincing everyone they look great) and it actually got used as a look!
After that two day shoot, I spent a lot of time browsing through the website during my free time to make a mental wishlist of jewelry I couldn't afford yet and checking out their latest jewelry trends. Well flash forward to now, where I'm still scavenging around their website, looking for beautiful pieces to pin every now and then. 
So for my collaboration with Caratlane, I was pretty excited visit the store to pick a few pieces to shoot. While the website is stocked with amazing stuff that will make your life harder, because it will take hours to make simple decisions, the store is a lot more sparsely stocked with a few collections and a lot of dummy rings. Sheehan and I had a blast trying all those rings; well it was mostly her, since my fingers are too damn broad and so my fingers can only fit into adjustable rings, or I'll have to wear normal rings as midi rings, but its a far stretch because unlike normal Forever 21 rings that make the perfect midi rings for my chubby fingers, heavy rings ridden with stones are a lot more tougher to pass off as midis. So it made sense to have Sheehan play model for the day while I grabbed the camera. Not to mention, one of my ears will need to be re-pierced so that I can wear earrings again! So not only could I not try all the rings, I could only try 1 single earring at a time!

But that still didn't stop me from picking my favourite pieces. The first two pieces that caught my eye was the tassel layered gold necklace and the gold chand bali, because both were statement pieces that commanded attention and looked gorgeous at the same time. And gone are the days when chand balis were worn only with Indian clothes. Mixing traditional Indian jewelry with Western trendy outfits is an art by itself. A simple LBD is complete with a pair of jumkhas or balis. I've always been a fan of pairing jumkhas and balis with maxi dresses for a more boho feel. I see the Risha gold chand bali work with a rust or maroon maxi dress and I can already think of tropical destination weddings where this would be just perfect!
As for the Amara tassel necklace, like I said, statement pieces are my thing and this particular piece has a mixture of elements and was more of a modern take on something traditional. No to mention, layered neckpieces are a huge trend and are worn with tees and crop tops. But since this is a lot more heavier that a couple of layered pendants, I once again thought of low cut V-neck maxi dresses or even a V-neck bodysuit to wear with this gorgeous necklace with. 
Sheehan's favourite piece had the be the rose gold Plumeria cluster pendant from the Fleur collection that she even wanted to wear the matching ring that came along. What I liked about this one was the pretty intricate details and could see myself wearing something like this over a plain dress or even a cute printed blouse. Only I would make sure to extend the chain so that its much longer and reaches my torso.One common choice we both made was with the pieces from the Lotus collection. Sheehan picked the Dew drop necklace and I picked the earrings and I thought there were just too cute and would look amazing when worn as a set or individually. 
Somewhere in between shooting, we were sidetracked as we tried on all the fancy engagement rings and played around with each. Like I said, none of them really fit me, so I made Sheehan stack most of them on for fun. We didn't really intend to shoot them, but it was just too sparkly and cute to avoid.
While I've never been a fan of gold jewelry from the time I was younger, my taste evolved over time and I've learned to love and appreciate gold. So it's no surprise that I managed to pick another pair of gold earrings as my favourites. The Clarinda gold drop earrings were such a delight and I was fascinated with the hammered texture. Lastly, giving my first stint with Caratlane a thought, I picked a bunch of solitaire bangles and stacked them together to create a very expensive arm party. Since I wanted the jewelry to stand out, I picked simple black pieces for all my looks

If you'd like to have a closer look at any of the pieces featured in the post, you can visit CaratLane's website. If you reside in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Bangalore, you can get in touch via their website to avail of their ''try at home'' feature which is complimentary and valid on a certain few pieces (maximum 5) where you can pick your favourite pieces and have someone from their team come over to your home or workplace with those pieces, and there's no obligation for your to buy any, which is a blessing for lazy women who like to shop from the confines of their homes and would love to touch and get a feel of the jewelry they're going to invest in. Or you could walk into a Caratlane store near your.



Modeled by Sheehan D'souza, photographed and styled by Roxanne D'souza
Location: Caratlane, Grand Galleria at Phoenix Mills. 

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