There are things that we pass on and then there are things that are passed on to us. I'm talking about that pretty smile that you inherited from your grandma and that disciplined nature that you developed from your grandpa. There are endless things that our dearest nani's and dadi's have given us but nothing beats their precious jewellery. The feeling of passing one’s jewellery to their children years later on their wedding day and carrying on the family tradition is a matter of joy for them.
And today where all you brides-to-be love to experiment, we recommend you to look into your grandmother’s trousseau for inspiration just like these brides did and found out the age-old satlada jewellery. Wondering what a satlada is? Read on to find out more!
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If you are thinking why is it called ‘satlada’, let me help you out. The necklace has seven layers of pearls, hence the name. And now comes the interesting fact: an original satlada is considered to have 465 small pieces of pearls embedded in it with a lavish addition of gems such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
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I am sure you remember Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's character in Jodhaa Akbar. Most of the jewellery she wore were satlada haars whose history goes back to the Nizams of Hyderabad. On a royal quotient of 1 to 10, any bride donning a satlada look can easily attain a perfect score of 10. That’s the magic of satlada.
Thanks to Sabyasachi Mukherjee who revived the lost tradition of the beautiful satlada vintage piece in one of his collections. Sabyasachi proved that vintage jewellery much like vintage clothing never really went out of style. We simply heart his collection, don’t we all?
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Recently, the Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu was seen flaunting a satlada necklace on her sangeet ceremony. Now if you are wondering how to achieve your perfect satlada look, hear me out! The necklace itself is huge therefore it’s natural for you to feel that you have worn too many pieces at one. But in reality, you are just wearing one.
Pro Tip: The necklace usually covers your front part entirely and with the advent of chokers, you can also complement a satlada haar with a choker necklace.
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