When you think about ethnic Jewellry in India, chances are the first thing that popped into you mind was 22k gold necklaces and glass bangles.
And sure, this is the most obviously Indian style of Jewellry. The majority of the country has a love affair with gold. Gold is an investment, gold is timeless, gold is a woman's old age insurance...all true to a wide extent (though time have changed and investing in gold shares might be better than investing in bangles).
But, the intricate gold pieces and delicate glass bangles are just not all that there is to India's ethnic Jewellry world.
One of the reason I love shopping when we are in the Himalayas is that there is a whole lot of other jewellery that is far more my style on offer.
Above is my finds while my MIL and I were shopping together in Kassauli : silk thread bangles and a chunky bead necklace. The kind of thing that has little in ways of monetary value but makes as much a statement as a precious metal piece. The kind of piece that is pretty much "me". I wear these funky, bright and colourful necklaces a lot.
If you happen to tour India at one point, do visit trinket shops and ethnic emporiums. In my opinion they have the most interesting ethnic fashion accessories you can find around.