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Choosing the perfect bridal jewellery is a crucial decision for any bride-to-be. It can significantly influence your overall bridal look, enhancing your attire and personal style. Suffice it to say, that among the multitude of options out there, Kundan and Oxidised jewellery stand out as popular choices! Both Kundan jewellery and Oxidised jewellery have their unique charm and are suitable for different bridal occasions.

So today, through our new instalment to our What to Wear When series, we're going to explore when and how brides can wear Kundan and Oxidised jewellery to look stunning during their wedding celebrations!

What To Wear When: Kundan vs Oxidised Jewellery

When To Wear Kundan Jewellery

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Kundan jewellery is renowned for its opulence and timeless appeal. It's characterized by the use of refined, uncut gemstones, typically set in gold or silver bases. The intricate craftsmanship and the substantial use of gold make Kundan jewellery an emblem of luxury and sophistication. It is possibly the most ideal choice for all brides out there.

If you're wondering when to wear Kundan jewellery, then here are some tips:

Wedding Day

Kundan jewellery is the quintessential choice for your wedding day. The exquisite designs and intricate work of Kundan sets, such as rain haars, chokers and statement earrings, are a perfect match for the grandeur of this occasion.


If you're having a separate reception ceremony, Kundan jewellery is best to add a touch of regal elegance to your ensemble. A bride's reception outfit often differs from the wedding attire, making Kundan a versatile choice for this look.

Traditional & Formal Ceremonies

Kundan jewellery shines during traditional and formal ceremonies like rokas, engagements or sangeets. Whether it's a pre-wedding or a post-wedding ceremony, Kundan adds a touch of grace to your overall look, which is what you want to channel. 

Special Family Functions

Brides, let us remind you that your bridal jewellery isn't just for the wedding day, but also for special occasions after your marriage like Karwachauth, Teej or any special family gathering.  Kundan jewellery can be a symbol of your recent bridal status and contribute to your radiant appearance!

Also Read: Polki, Kundan or Jadau Jewellery: A guide for soon-to-be-brides

How to Style Kundan Jewellery

Coordinate With Your Bridal Attire

When styling Kundan jewellery sets, sometimes they work well when coordinated with your bridal attire. Consider matching the colour of the stones with your outfit for a cohesive look. Or you can also choose a contrasting look so that both your bridal attire and your bridal jewellery stand out!


Kundan necklaces and chokers look particularly stunning with updos or hairstyles that allow them to be showcased. Similarly, if you're going for Kundan statement earrings, styling your hair in a bridal bun is a great choice! Kundan raani haars can look stunning with both open hairstyles and loose braids. Furthermore, a neatly tied bun or an elegant updo can highlight the beauty of the jewellery.


When wearing Kundan jewellery, opt for a makeup look that enhances your natural beauty without overshadowing the jewellery. Subtle, sophisticated makeup works well to create a balanced look. Similarly, a dewy makeup look with minimal eye makeup would look stunning with Kundan jewellery.

Embrace Tradition

Kundan jewellery pairs beautifully with traditional Indian bridal attire such as lehengas, sarees and Anarkali suits. Embrace traditional ensembles to complement your jewellery choice!

Bookmark: 25+ Heavy Earrings For Brides Who Love All-Things-Extravagant!

When To Wear Oxidised Jewellery

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Oxidised jewellery, on the other hand, offers a distinct and unconventional charm. It is characterized by the darkened or antique appearance of the metal, typically silver. This process involves intentionally tarnishing the silver to create a black or grey patina on the metal. Oxidised jewellery often features intricate patterns and designs that give it a bohemian and vintage vibe.

If you're wondering when to wear Kundan jewellery, then here are some tips:

Mehndi Ceremony

Oxidised jewellery is perfect for your mehndi ceremony! Mehndi functions often have a bohemian or relaxed vibe. The earthy and vintage aesthetic of oxidised jewellery complements the casual and joyful atmosphere of a mehndi function.

Haldi Ceremony

If you plan to have a haldi ceremony, consider wearing oxidised jewellery. It aligns well with the vibrant and playful nature of the haldi ritual and will look stunning against your white (or yellow) attire. 

Pre-Wedding Photoshoots

Oxidised jewellery can be a fantastic addition to your pre-wedding photoshoots! It offers a unique and unconventional look that can make your photos stand out.

Engagement or Cocktail Parties

Oxidised jewellery can be a fashionable choice for your engagement or cocktail party attire. It adds a touch of bohemian chic to your look while allowing you to shine as the bride-to-be!

Bookmark: 27 Payal Designs For Brides To Take Foot Jewellery Inspo From!

How to Style Oxidised Jewellery

Mix and Match

Brides have more creative freedom with Oxidised jewellery. So, you can mix and match different pieces to create a personalized and unique bridal look. Think oversized jhumkas with a mirror work choker!

Bohemian Attire

If your bridal outfit, or pre-wedding attire, aligns more with a bohemian vibe, then pair them with Oxidised jewellery. Consider fusion or contemporary bridal ensembles that incorporate elements of bohemian fashion like a boho-themed lehenga with loads of vintage mirror work or a vintage-themed co-ord set with a flowy cape!

Layered Look

Experiment with layering multiple pieces of oxidised jewellery, such as necklaces, bangles and earrings, to create a trendy and unconventional bridal style.


Bohemian braids or loose, wavy hair can complement the vintage and free-spirited vibe of oxidised jewellery. To further enhance the look, you can also consider adding oxidised hair accessories to your hairstyle. 


In the end, the choice between Kundan and Oxidised jewellery for your bridal look comes down to your style, the theme of your wedding and, of course, the specific ceremonies you'll be participating in. Kundan jewellery exudes regal elegance and is ideal for the main wedding day and formal functions. On the other hand, Oxidised jewellery offers a bohemian and unconventional charm, making it suitable for pre-wedding events, mehndi ceremonies and photoshoots. Ultimately, your bridal jewellery should reflect your personality and make you feel comfortable and confident on your special day!


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What To Wear When: Kundan Jewellery VS Oxidised Jewellery

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What To Wear When: Kundan Jewellery VS Oxidised Jewellery