On the nose

Amrita Prasad
Thursday, 27 July 2017

Available in shapes like Ganesha, Lakshmi, conch shells, flowers, peacocks, butterflies and so on we make them available in both wire and clip-on designs because even those who do not have a piercing are in love with the trend and want to sport them.

Large nose pins are catching the fancy of women who want to sport a fusion look. Here are a few shops in the city which offer the latest designs       

With more and more traditional items becoming a part of mainstream fashion, it is time to look at nose pins and studs in a new light. We are not talking about the gold and diamond nose pins which you may have been sporting or storing for years, but oxidised or German silver nose pins or studs which are the latest craze.

Whether you are a teenager, working professional or homemaker, there is something for everyone. With unlimited sizes ranging from very small to medium and large, the nose pins come in a variety of designs. If you are someone who has a fascination for oxidised jewellery, you cannot afford to not have these ornaments, also called tribal nose studs.

The best thing about these nose pins is that they don’t pinch your pocket as the price ranges from Rs 50 to Rs 850 depending on the size and the use of coloured stones in the designs.

ANTIQUE TOUCH
Jeweller Manoj Shroff  of Shreedhan Gold & Silver Jewellery store on FC Road, says, “The fancy silver nose studs and pins are a sensation now.

The nose studs are all handmade and the unique and intricate craftsmanship makes them so desirable. They have this antique touch to them. Available in shapes like Ganesha, Lakshmi, conch shells, flowers, peacocks, butterflies and so on we make them available in both wire and clip-on designs because even those who do not have a piercing are in love with the trend and want to sport them.”

At Shreedhan, you’ll find nose pins from the size of  a mustard seed to a button —  while some are just intricately made with oxidised silver, others have stones in colours like green, turquoise blue, red and so on. “Mostly youngsters flock to our shop. The nose pins are pocket friendly and do not require any maintenance and will last for years,” Shroff adds whose shop in Sagar Arcade is one of the favourite jewellery destinations for women in the city.

DESIGNS ARE APLENTY
Earlier, nose pins were associated with traditional outfits and were worn to create an ethnic look but now women wearing casual denims and t-shirts can also be seen sporting them, not just small ones but even oversized oxidised studs. They complement the look with dark kohl eyes. Vidya Balan’s look in Begum Jaan has further popularised the trend.  

Aastha Ambuj Arjaria, city-based  jewellery designer who sells through her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/amulyamjewels ) says, “Both pure and oxidised silver nose pins and studs embedded with semiprecious stones are in vogue. Those who prefer a Bohemian look prefer slightly bigger oxidised nose pins.” Talking about the designs Arjaria says that designs like temple, lotus, trishul in big sizes are much in demand.

Can everyone sport the look? “From college girls to professors, everyone can wear them if they team up their attires right. While those with a small face will look best in small and delicate patterns, others can opt for bigger studs,” she answers.  

Arjaria has priced the nose pins between the range of Rs 50 and Rs 300 based on the size and designs.

CREATING THE FUSION LOOK
To create a fusion look, oxidised jewellery should be your choice. Studio Aadyaa (www.aadyaa.com ), a three-year old jewellery store which sells handcrafted gold and silver ornaments, is another great destination if you are looking for oxidised nose studs. Says Saylee Marathe, owner of the studio, “The demand for these studs is huge and not only youngsters but even middle-aged women come looking for the pieces. Each piece is meticulously handmade and I mostly seek inspiration from nature. You’ll find a lot of designs like lotus, leaves, flowers in our studio. However, we also have trishul, chandrika and so on.”

Designs are available both in piercing and clip-on varieties. Marathe makes nose pins with 9-5 hallmark silver which gives the jewellery longevity and makes it apt to be worn regularly without damage. Most of the designs available at Aadya are slightly bigger in size. Talking about the price range, she says, “We sell nose pins in the price range of Rs 750-850.”

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