Diamonds and the Art of Dopamine Dressing
Ring in the party season by indulging in a delicious combination of serotonin-boosting colours and lavish natural diamond jewellery. As you gear up for a month of celebration, stay on trend with ensembles that are glittery, unabashedly glamorous and promise to lift up your spiritsBy Tanya Mehta |
We’ve officially entered that part of the year when you can savour the small joy of sending that out of office email, a time for gatherings big and small with your favourite people – all accompanied by cocktails, conversation and some head-turning jewellery. Dopamine dressing, a term synonymous with vibrance and texture, advocates that the use of certain colours can transform your mood. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter is responsible for feelings of pleasure, motivation and reward is integral to our holistic happiness. Through a universal and cultural lens the interpretations of colours vary far and wide but when it comes to wearing colour, the matters are more personal. Subconsciously, most of us dress in accordance with our mood, or an emotion we wish to exude. As we draw close to the year end we’re ditching sedate, monochromatic dressing in favour of shiny, cheerful colours, and in true celebratory nature pairing it with power-packed natural diamond jewellery to seal the deal. The following colour themes promise to make you look, and feel your best with a curated selection of the finest diamond pieces crafted for compliments, grand entrances and carefree nights.
The Gold Standard
There’s a New Year’s Eve party coming up on your social calendar and you’re probably in a conundrum about what to wear. Take style cues from the stellar red-carpet looks of your favourite style icons such as Kaia Gerber and Megan Fox who have channeled Old Hollywood glamour through gilded metallics and sensual silhouettes. A strapless gold gown in lamé complimented by grecian drapes combines drama with femininity. Gold – a colour that has been synonymous with luxury and achievement – mimicking the warm rays of the sun is sure shot way to feel opulent and ensure all eyes are on you. Exude maximal impact by wearing a collared necklace in 18 karat gold that features a beautiful floral motif setting of pears and Marquise diamonds – an amalgamation of elegance and grandeur. Compliment the look by sporting a statement cocktail ring – a glimmering cluster of multi-shaped diamonds that couples attention-to-detail with the bling factor.
Green, a colour associated with optimism and energy has unique reinvigorating powers and makes for the ideal pick-me-up. Neo green has been a trending colour in the recent seasons – a punchy, traffic halting shade of lime that we saw in all its glory on and off the runway. We witnessed the likes of Ananya Pandey wearing a lime green mini dress exuding Y2K goodness as well as Kendall Jenner sporting a chartreuse tailored shirt earlier this year. So, with that cocktail party around the corner combine this ever popular shade with renewed power dressing to exude confidence, case in point – a structured suit dripping in sequins. An ensemble tailor-made for the maximalist, accessorize this dazzling look with a white gold diamond necklace inspired by the art-deco architecture of Mumbai. Offset the structure of the ensemble with contemporary diamond hoops in a flexible oval silhouette with a radiant cut. A stack of diamond encrusted band rings in strong geometrical shapes elevate these striking pieces.
Ultra Violet There isn’t a better way to end the year on a high note than embracing Pantone’s colour of 2022 – Very Peri, a periwinkle blue with an undertone of red violet. Combining the constancy of blue with the excitement of red, this sprightly colour is known to exude dynamic presence and a joyous attitude. Off the runway, we witnessed fashionistas such as Winnie Harlow rock a lavender draped gown to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and elsewhere Lily James give us the perfect after-party look as she sauntered in a lilac mini dress post the Met Gala. Pay an homage to this lively colour via a halter neck maxi dress embellished with sequins.
Channel the modern mermaid as you bedeck yourself in avant garde tri band hoop earrings with glimmering natural diamonds in a floral pattern, inspired by celestial bodies. Up the ante by styling with a classic bangle comprising brilliant cut round and baguette diamonds set on 18kt white gold – a versatile piece that will serve you well beyond the party season.