Nose rings have become a funky accessory to sport
Traditional nose pins get a funky makeover with these home-grown brands
From breaking cultural norms to gender stereotypes, nose rings have become a funky accessory to sport. You can experiment with the latest intriguing designs and artsy makeovers using enamel, semi-precious stones and oxidised silver clip-ons. Here are some Instagrammers who are changing the way nose rings
Engineer-turned-jewellery designer Rohita Vee’s Roia is known for organic and oxidised silver nose pins in bright and earthy shades. The designer specialises in a patina technique that lends a wear and tear finish to the metal, and a hammering technique that involves beating up oxidised silver metal to give it a good shape and texture. Her collections are available at Tamara and MaalGaadi. Look out for her bridal nose rings, Nath, with a contemporary twist for diwali. “I have also done a collection based on the shapes of musical instruments and another one Ketaki, inspired by fallen flowers on the road,” says the 26-year-old.
`850 upwards. Details: instagram.com/roiajewelry/
If you’re particular about German silver nose rings, then Quillspill is the place to go. Their gold-plated and 92.5 silver nose pins are the most sought-after among youngsters. “Mukkuthi is considered to be the smallest piece of jewellery and that inspired me to have an exclusive collection in it. We have about 25 designs out of which my favourites are the lotus and the peacock,” she says. `100 upwards. Details:
Roshny Koshy curates clip-ons and wired designs from Goa, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai. “Earlier, I felt that clip-ons were fast-moving because people who get their nose pierced would usually go for gold or diamond. But now both are doing equally well,” she says.Designs inspired from Hindu mythology like Ganesha, Trishool, lotus and goddesses are Roshny’s most popular pieces. Choose from over 60 designs of festive wired nose pins. `75 upwards. Details: instagram.com/mithrrforyou/
Check out festive collections for mukkuthis at the Instagram pages of The Velvet Box, Rajatamaya and Kanya Fashion Boutique. Also visit Parisera at Saligramam (90432 40412), Kanakavalli at Chetpet (9566192266) and Utharika at Express Avenue Mall (28464117).