I originally wrote this post for Shaadisaga, a portal that helps brides and grooms find the best wedding vendors across India, thereby solving their wedding planning woes. You can check out the original article here or read on below.
Only the discerning, and truly experienced know that for the best bauble finds, you need to go a little deeper, look a little further. As with most things, there are a few who stand out with their design and quality, To find out who exactly these guys are, read on.
For Gold Jewellery : Go to Prince Jewellers, Cathedral Road
With origins in Kerala, where gold is the only thing that sells more than coconut oil, you know this place is legit. They have beautiful gold chains, anklets, bangles and everything in between. What’s also really great is their annual Antique Festival, where they source and refurbish South Indian antique jewellery. Definitely on the more expensive side, but you be sure to find some truly rare gems.
For Temple Jewellery : Go to NAC Jewellers, Mylapore
Temple Jewellery is a wedding day staple for any South Indian bride, and while there is no dearth of jewellers in the city who create this kind of jewellery, there is something special about the designs here. They aren’t the typical, and you can expect to always find a special piece that stands out. Previously known as Nathella Jewellers, these guys have been around for many generations and really know what they’re doing.
For Polki and Jadau : Go to Jaipur Gems, Cathedral Road
The North Indian population in the city is loyal to this place, and rightly so. With the most beautiful Polki and Jadau designs, they save their clientele a trip to Jaipur. Of course, they make up for it with their pricey tags, but its a premium one wouldn’t mind paying for the gorgeous gorgeous uncut beauties available here.
For Designer Jewellery : Go to Amrapali, Amethyst Room, Khader Nawaz Khan Road
Of course, Amrapali needs no introduction. Tucked away behind a huge bungalow on Chennai’s high street, the most sought after jewellery brand tied up with local designer store Amethyst to curate a small, but stunning collection on display here. Whether you’re looking for gold, diamonds, or temple jewellery, their off-beat designs are bound to find a place in your wedding trousseau.
For Diamond Jewellery : Go to Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers, near Gemini Flyover
A place where grandmothers and granddaughters can agree on the designs, VBJ is one that cuts across generations with their classic designs and evergreen appeal. The designs are undoubtedly of the highest quality, and while that’s an aspect which reflects in the prices here, it’s one of the biggest reasons that families in the city have no problem shopping here with their eyes closed. The store also has an annexe in the same compound which has an extensive collection of all things silver.
With this comprehensive list, you’ve got all you need if jewellery shopping in Chennai – especially time, because now you know that you don’t need to brave Pondy Bazaar’s horrifying traffic! And if you’re really really really hard pressed for time, don’t worry – while each of these stores has been listed down for what they’re well known for, they’re equally adept at creating different styles of jewellery too, so feel free to pick and choose!
Until next time,
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