8 Trendy Mangalsutra Designs Every Modern Bride Can Take Inspiration From
Mangalsutra in Indian culture is represented as one of the most sacred pieces of bridal jewellery. Newlywed brides or brides-to-be are currently obsessing over new and fashionable mangalsutra designs since it marks their new journey of being married. However, a woman who has been married for years now might have stored it down in the locker somewhere. No matter, what your idea of this customary piece is at this point and if you plan on wearing it occasionally or daily, it is an essential accessory that graces every Hindu bride and her jewellery collection.
The word mangalsutra can be described as a sacred thread where the word 'mangal' stands for auspicious and 'sutra' means thread. It can be traced back to early South Indian customs when a groom tied a yellow thread on his bride's hand to forever protect the union. As in the 21st century, the mangalsutra is crafted with a string of black beads that is tied on the bride-to-be's neck, believing to ward off negativity and the evil eye.
The present-day version of the jewellery continues to be crafted with the traditional beads as it was in its ancient avatar, but you can now you get your hands on different styles catering every type of bride, whether modern, traditional or trendy. The bridal ornament is now being constructed in a way, that it is light to wear and suitable for contemporary use, instead of a heavy piece. The newness helps to maintain its sentimental value for every new age bride.
Even our new Bollywood brides like Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Deepika Padukone are embracing this age-old tradition instead of turning it down. These celebrities created their own mangalsutra design with a unique touch of their own. Although, there is something common we noticed in their choices. Firstly, it looks like a major movement amongst all the celeb brides who wish to have this versatile piece of marriage with them and have made it in a way that it is lightweight.
To help you find out the ideal match, we have gathered a list of the most common mangalsutra designs out there than you can take cues from. Keep scrolling to take a look!
Similar to the traditionally beaded mangalsutra, this one comes with a solitaire crafted in it. The solitaire can be of any shape- round, pear, heart. emerald, oval or any other cut you like the most. Our favourite Rani Padmavati aka Deepika Padukone opted for this style after her wedding. The style looks subtle and regal both with showcasing a single elegant piece of solitaire.
The diamond mangalsutra is quite similar to the original version with the black and gold beads. However, as the name suggests, the pendant of the bridal ornament comes with a diamond giving it a more contemporary feel. This piece was beautifully worn by Anushka Sharma which features a diamond tanmanya in a two string piece and enhanced with a dangling flower.
This style opted by Priyanka Chopra features only a few traditional black beads next to the pendant which is unlike the traditional piece. This one becomes a perfect choice for everyday use which was also worn by her in the debut appearance post-wedding as PeeCee chose a basic gold chain with a tear-shaped pendant that saw the classic gold & black beads only at the beginning.
When it comes to adding a unique and personal symbol to your mangalsutra pendant, we are sure there are no rules that a bride has to follow. Taking cues from Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who personally designed her mangalsutra and is extremely proud of her piece too, wears it with utmost style and grace. The pendant illustrates her own and husband's sun signs, Leo and Gemini with a solitaire in the centre.
This not so different version of the traditional ornament comes in a ring style that is either available as a band of full black beads or one made with just diamonds.
This is another unique and spiritual way of adorning your birthstone. The colourful stone would add a pop of colour to your piece like by adding gemstones like ruby, sapphire or emerald you can create the one you like the most with an endless number of mix & match possibilities.
Another proper style brought in existence by the fitness guru of Bollywood, Shilpa Shetty. This one comes with a string of black beads to which you can add pendants or charms as per your choice. Shilpa has been supporting this style for years now and we are absolutely loving it!
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