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With almost everything under the sun being available on the internet these days, its a little wonder then that fine and high-end fashion jewellery wouldn’t be too far behind. Two years ago, a number of jewellery e-commerce websites sprung up in India, offering the Indian woman on more reason to indulge in precious baubles that are high on design.

Luring you with a gamut of inventory that can be browsed in minutes and special services like free trials and delivering even in the most remote locations, the best thing about these click-and-mortar ventures is that they infuse consumer confidence by detailing the particulars of every piece of jewellery, including a good resolution photograph of the jewellery, gold karatage, total weight of the diamonds, quality of diamonds and gemstones, price and so on.

To make web-shopping even simpler, ALIYA LADHABHOY trolled the internet to cherry-pick some of the best e-sites for jewellery ranging from 3,000 to 1,50,000.

A fairly new entrant in the e-market that offers trendy, design-centric  pieces at affordable prices is BlueStone.com. It is one of the best destinations for daily wear jewellery, while www.perniaspopupshop.com is a high-end fashion jewellery pit-stop featuring established as well as up-and-coming jewellery designers. If effortless chic is your mantra, then you will be bowled over by urbane designs at www.isharya.com. Hypnotised by diamond jewellery? Then www.kamajewellery.com is where you will find your treasure trove. In love with ethnic motifs, then visit www.tribebyamrapali.com to shop for couture silver and gold tribal jewellery pieces.

On a lighter note, here’s a caveat: Enter these sites at your own risk for you may want to clean sweep their entire stock.

In terms of design, here are some motifs that are currently dominating the world of jewellery.

Geometry

Think lines, circles, triangles and hexagons, but with a twist. Jewellery is making a progression from simple shapes to complex forms using gemstones, diamonds and fine detailing to enhance clean silhouettes. Inspired by architecture and structure, these pieces are strong style statements. Pick one that resonates with your personality.

Chevron lines enhance this white gold and diamond ring from BlueStone.com.

This gold-plated tribal choker from Amrapali gets a stylish makeover with zigzag strips.

Pink oval crystals add colour to the antiquestyle oxidised silver earrings from Amrapali.

Amrapali’s textured silver cuff is all about dual tones.

Green malachite Mohawk ring from Isharya.

These semi-circle diamond studded gold hoops from BlueStone.com are the perfect accessory to pep up your day.

Prong-set diamond ear studs from Kama Jewellery.

Gold-plated cylindrical bracelet by Suhani Pittie. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

Floral Notes

Pacchi work pearl and coral ring with uncut diamonds by Naina Balsaver. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

This dainty floral pendant features yellow gold petals studded with round diamonds from BlueStone.com.

A full blossomed 18-karat gold lotus ring from BlueStone.com.

Inspired by fuchsia bougainvillea, the 18-karat white gold ring from BlueStone.com is accented with pink sapphires

Floral designs have a certain exuberance about them that allow you to connect with the energies of nature. These renditions are filled with diamonds, made vibrant with enamelling; and there are others that are crafted in plain gold but are simply stunning. The wonderful World Wide Web offers a plethora of floral designs – modern or subtle interpretations, bold fashion-forward pieces, gem-studded delights and more – just dream of what you want, and you will find it. Floral designs will never go out of style. Featured here are some precious and not-your-every day pieces.

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Floral cocktail ring from Kama Jewellery encrusted with 1.44 carats of microprongset diamonds in 18-karat white gold.

Pop-coloured enamelling makes this 18-karat gold-plated floral cuff from Isharya a trendy summer accessory.

 

 

Tourmaline and diamond ear tops by Bharanys Jewellery. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

Pearls

Pearls are no longer old-school. Once known to be grandma’s favourites, these lustrous gems are the new cool. Versatile to the tee, they can be worn as a delicate haath phool, or as an ornate kundan and pearl choker. They can be stylish like the multi-row necklace interspersed with flat silver beads, edgy like the square mother-of-pearl ring or as traditional pearl-laden jhumkis.

Three-strand pearl and silver necklace from Amrapali.

Vendome-inspired square mother-of-pearl and resin ring by Isharya.

Crystal and pearl infused choker by Vasundhara. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

Three-finger 22-karat gold-plated silver and pearl haath phool by Eina Ahluwalia. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

Gold-plated silver jhumkis embellished with pearl beads by Amrapali.

Tassels

Gold-plated fringed necklace with lapis lazuli from Isharya.

An ornate enamelled pendant necklace with tassels from Isharya.

Geometric motif chandelier diamond earrings from Kama Jewellery

Tasselled treasures – once a vintage accessory – are now a fashionista’s best friend. Tiffany & Co’s 1920s-inspired jewellery for ‘The Great Gatsby’ re-ignited the desire to own jewellery with tassels. Top jewellery houses like Van Cleef & Arpels and Faberge, too, launched their interpretations of the tassel in jewellery. Indian jewellery houses are not far behind. Be it fashion or fine jewellery, one can find earrings, necklaces and even bangles that are tasselled-up. Even diamond jewellery designs mimic these long cascading forms. Fun and flirtatious, fringe jewellery adds oodles of charm to any outfit.

Long gold-plated tassel earrings accented with blue and pink enamel by Manish Arora for Amrapali.

Long gold-plated tassel earrings accented with blue and pink enamel by Manish Arora for Amrapali.

18-karat rose gold-plated fringe earrings set with Swarovski crystals from Outhouse. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

Enamel and mirror maang tikka embellished with crystals by Manish Arora for Amrapali. Available at perniaspopupshop.com

  

Lace and Openwork

The royal filigree necklace from Isharya is a scene-stealer.

Isharya’s asymmetrical 18-karat gold-plated cuff teams gold and green malachite to create a honeycomb effect.

Eina Ahluwalia’s goldplated surya maangtika combines texture and openwork.

Lace and openwork : Sheer and lace motifs are the haute favourites – light as a feather yet bold and striking, these openwork earrings, cuffs, bracelets, pendants and maang tikkas employ various methods like laser-cut, filigree and wire work to create intricate works of art. Mimicking lace and mesh, the jewellery pieces incorporating negative spaces offer you style at an affordable price. The breezy jewels will tempt you into owning more than one of their kind.

The 18-karat gold ring by BlueStone.com is fashioned out of a series of interwoven loops centred on a diamond.

Openwork bracelet from BlueStone.com amalgamates gold beads and wire work to create a lacy look.

These crescent-shaped filigree baalis from Isharya are accented with turquoise blue enamel and lapis lazuli beads.

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