Mumbai Outside In: The World Is Catching Up With Mumbai’s Love Of Big Bling

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Gucci necklace and earrings via vogue.co.uk
Gucci necklace and earrings via vogue.co.uk

I had arrived in Mumbai. I unpacked my small pouch of jewelry; a string of pearls, three simple pendants, some studs, a few light dangly ear rings, and a couple of bracelets. All that the British woman needs for every day jewelry accessorising. I fear that when I leave this city I will be unpacking a whole suitcase full of Mumbai’s finest bling! Mumbai is a place full of jewelry lovers, right the way from the toe ring up to the ear cuff and the fashion philosophies are more is more and the bigger the better.  It was quickly clear that my pendants and studs were not going to cut it.

Having always loved clothes, I grew up in a city where jewelry was not such a big deal. We might wear some big jewelry on a night out but it was also normal to not wear any jewelry all week. Indian women are well known the world over for being jewelry fans, including the fact that most of the world’s gold is stored in Indian housewives’ jewelry boxes (I heard that somewhere, don’t quote me on it). The young Mumbai generation don’t seem to have as much time for the traditional gold glitz and bangles, but the love of jewelry has remained and there are some stunning things for sale in Mumbai.

Curio Cottage jewelry photo by Curio Cottage

As the months have gone by my jewelry wearing is getting more frequent, and the pieces are getting larger, and brighter. I was wondering if, when I got back to the UK, I would look a little silly in all my Indian bling. But checking out my British magazines, it seems like the western world is finally catching up with Mumbai and following the trend for bright, supersized, and sparkly jewelry.

The SS13 catwalks were full of big, beautiful, bling; Gucci showed bright, big neck pieces with matching earrings in some very Indian-style colours.  Christian Dior accessorised their chic simple outfits with big sparkly cuffs.  Dolce & Gabana models rocked tribal style ear rings, larger than your mobile phone, complete with tassels [this may even be too much for Mumbai sensibilities]. The statement jewelry was also found at Diane von Furstenburg, Versache, Alexander Mqueen and even Chanel supersized its classic pearls. It seems the fashion world has caught up with Mumbai style.

Dolce and Gabbana statement earings photo by vogue.co.uk
Dolce and Gabbana statement earings photo by vogue.co.uk

So I can continue to explore Mumbai’s jewelry offerings, and enjoy experimenting with bigger bolder statement jewelry. If there is too much for my suitcase to take I can always wear it all on the flight, right?

Some of my favorite places to buy jewelry:

Curio Cottage sells jewelry using semi-precious stones worn by many Bollywood stars, how can you go wrong? 

Fab Alley is an online shop with modern, fashionable jewelry and a great monthly jewel boxes containing half price pieces.

Pipa & Bella sell a gorgeous range online, or via trunk shows, from the simple to the statement, but always chic.

Colaba causeway is the perfect place to bulk buy some bargain jewelry and stretch yourself outside your style comfort zone.

Zaveri bazaar is an Aladdin’s cave for traditional Indian jewelry.

Post By Guest Writer, Ellen Lee (5 Posts)

A student in India, an outsider looking in on Mumbai. Can be found exploring the city and observing its inhabitants. Loves shopping, dancing and tea.

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Guest Writer, Ellen Lee

Guest Writer, Ellen Lee
A student in India, an outsider looking in on Mumbai. Can be found exploring the city and observing its inhabitants. Loves shopping, dancing and tea.