Thursday, 9 May 2013

Indian inspired jewellery and accessories on the high street

Recently I've been noticing a lot of asian-looking jewellery and accessories in the most unexpected places, from the range of tikkas available to buy online at Asos, to hand chains (panjas) in Oasis and hair chains (like matha pattis) at River Island.

Here are some of my finds!

Hair Chains/Matha Pattis

River Island has a lot of what they're calling "hair chains" in at the moment. They're a lot more boho style than a matha patti/shingar patti but I think you could get away with wearing some of them with an asian outfit. I went to check these out in store and ended up trying a few on!

Flow Hair Chain £8 from River Island

Gold Tone Hair Chain £15 from River Island

The first one has more of a summer music festival feel to it whilst the second has more of an asian feel to it (despite the missing stones!).
I was surprised at how easy these were to put on, I usually struggle with styling hair accessories but these were really lightweight. Just imagine how much better they would look if I'd styled my hair properly to wear it!

What do you think?

Accessorize also has something similar which they're calling the "Bombay Princess Head Dress" for £15.

Hand Chains/Panjas

River Island are calling these panjas, whilst othe shops have them labelled as hand chains. Here's a selection of the ones I've found online from high street stores:
Gold and Cream Pearl Flower Handchain (top right in the pic) - £6.99 from New Look
Gold Tone Victoriana Panja (bottom in the pic) - £8 from River Island
Three Stone Hand Chain (top left in the pic) - £10 from Oasis


Asos Tikkas
Asos have a range of tikkas in at the moment, some more traditional in styling and other a bit more radical! I like this traditional style tikka:
Eye drop tikka hair clip - £15

However I'm not such a fan of this tikka with an ear cuff. It just seems a little impractical with the chain going all the way across your face!
Petal tikka and ear cuff - £10

Final find - earrings

I just had to post a photo of these "gold tone chandelier earrings" from River Island which reminded me of kaleeray.
As you can probably imagine they're quite heavy and very long! I would love to see someone wearing these out, I'd imagine you'd need quite an understated outfit to make the most of them...and having a long neck may help too!

Would you buy any of these asian-inspired accessories? Do you think you could wear them with your asian outfits?

Personally, the prices would play a big part in my purchase decision, I'd probably buy some of the less expensive pieces knowing that if I didn't wear them very often it wouldn't be a huge waste. Quality is also an issue, for example the second hair chain had stones missing.

Let me know what you think and if you're found any asian-inspired accessories in any unexpected places.

1 comment:

  1. Glitzy Secrets have some really pretty matha pattis too - they are a bit pricey though!


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