Since the beginning of time, humans have been fascinated with the astral elements journeying above them in the universe. From astrology to astronomy, the planets, stars and everything in between has been explored by us. This fascination has also carried itself over to the realm of beauty and adornment. A hint of sparkle of the stars or the golden glow of the sun on a piece of jewellery is like a match made in heaven…pun intended. Here’s a lowdown on astral-looking jewellery, right from the simple and the sober to the classic and the contemporary.
Glitz and glamour
Scintillating cuff made with a bouquet of stunning diamonds (Ghanasingh Be True)
The beauty of the celestial elements lends itself well to jewellery—a bunch of diamonds grouped together mimics the brilliance of a glittering star in the night sky. The sliver of a silver moon looks as delicate and luminous on the skin as it does in the inky-blue sky. Jewellery makers love to explore these concepts on their design boards resulting in magnificent pieces that could well be called statement jewellery.
What’s your rashee?
Pendant in 18 K yellow gold studded with Swarovski cubic zirconia (Shrishti CollectionZ)
Sun and moon signs are believed to be associated with the planets of our universe. The sun is said to be the driving force of life in the solar system, and by extension of that, the life force in each one of us. In astrology, it is said that we aspire to imbibe the energy of the sun to fulfil our potential. This led to the birth of sun signs and their subsequent representation on adornments such as jewellery.
Vedamore charm bracelet using a mix of metals and precious and semiprecious gems (Kama Schachter Jewellery)
Ancient vedas state that the day, date and place of an individual’s birth holds power in shaping that person’s identity. The moon’s position determines an individual’s personality, prosperity, qualities and characteristics. Wearing symbolic objects to augment the positive impact of the cosmic element is a long-held belief. Bracelets or charms that depict each one’s star position, animal symbol, vedic letter, number, chant, ruling deity are worth looking into
if you believe in the power of the cosmos.
It’s all elementary
Pendant and earrings with motifs of the moon and stars (Sparsh Jewels)
As far as metals go, the cosmos has been divided into clear shades that range from a sleek silver representing the moon to the glowing gold representing the sun. With these two colours in place, one can experiment with several colours like ink blue for the night sky and peachy amber for the morning sky.
Trail blazers at work
Majestic, colourful cuff with rubies and pearls (Ghanasingh Be True)
Comets with blazing trails of fire and other elemets resembling the sun are design aspects that simply beg to be moulded into fine jewellery. The bright yellow sun represents power and dynamism and is therefore used extensively as a part of a large-sized piece of jewellery like a cuff or a chunky cocktail ring.