There is absolutely no competition to the style, elegance and variety of silver jewellery, in my opinion. For someone who has learnt since her childhood that jewellery is an investment that must be made–I found a loophole called silver jewellery. My mother may have her gold and diamond jewels to take pride in, but she rarely gets an occasion to wear them. These items are restricted to a few Indian events like weddings, and I do not believe in that level of patience.
A love affair blooms
My love affair with silver jewellery was destined to be love at first sight, the spark so real that it shone brighter than a diamond. Hopping from one stall to the other at our college fest, I stumbled upon a rack of intricately designed earrings. They were long, heavy, but mostly enticing. A small flower shape on the top, a circle with the colourful image of Lord Ganesh and a dome hanging down at the end. The three-tiered earring had me gushing even before I asked for the price. The kindly lady could tell I was in love and quoted the most unrealistic price ever–“Rs 3,000 for these real silver earrings,” she said. I let them go. I toured the college grounds till I couldn’t reason with myself any longer. I went and brought those earrings, and since then I haven’t looked back.
My mother disapproves
I do not blame her for not loving silver jewellery as I do. She wishes that I put a finger on gold earrings or diamond rings, asking them as presents for my birthday. Little does she know that my choice beats hers any day. I have listed out the reasons for her before and I shall do it again:
1. Silver is affordable compared to other expensive jewellery
If you really want something that you would like to add to your heirloom collection in silver, the maximum you would be paying is Rs 15,000. Now imagine buying a gold or diamond set, which you do not even consider heirloom, and end up paying no less than Rs 10 lakh.
I say we all go for silver jewellery in this case because we can buy more pieces for lesser amounts of money and never repeat the same piece in a similar group. Not that girls really think about it that much, but my argument is concrete.
2. You can wear it anywhere
You do not have to wait for a family function or for a friend’s wedding or some other Indian occasions like a fancy Diwali party to wear your silver jewellery. You can flaunt it anywhere. To work, to dates, to lunches, almost anywhere you want to. Gold and diamond and kundan and polki are all over the top. They eat dust in your locker waiting for that “perfect occasion” which comes once in two years. So give silver jewellery a chance.
3. You can wear it with anything
No need for fancy, heavy Indian suits or sarees or lehengas to wear your silver jewellery with. A top and jeans, white shirt and pants, skirt and crop top, ripped jeans and kurta, and practically anything can be styled with the right kind of silver jewellery. Celebrities aren’t fools going around wearing silver trinkets. It is the old-world charm that draws me to these unique pieces, and I shall make my mom try this fashion trend too.
4. They are an investment too
Going back to point no. 1, these pieces are investments at economical rates! A necklace, maang tikka, earrings, waist belts, anklets, rings, and bracelets–are all the things I will pass down to my children. They will still be relevant 15-20 years down the line, unlike the peacock-style gold earrings my mother has saved for me. God knows if I will ever wear those!
So I think it goes without saying that I truly love silver jewellery and from the bottom of my heart believe it is better than my mother’s gold collection. What are your thoughts–Team Silver, Team Gold or Team Diamond, readers?