Photo: Courtesy of vendors; Illustration by Christina Park
Though hand chains are now mainstream in Western society, the jewelry piece has been a crucial part of the Indian bridal tradition for centuries. Hathphool is the Hindi word for the design, which translates to "hand flower", clearly denoting the beauty and delicacy of the adornment. With so many weddings being a melding of two or more different cultures, it's always nice to be inspired by brides all over the world. Hand chains are a cool and unexpected addition to your big-day look or any of your pre-wedding party outfits — and here are five we're loving right now.
1. For the Edgy Bride
We love this snake-motif accoutrement — it's delightly grounded in a natural spirit yet still completely luxurious.
Diamond Snake Chain Ring, $2,800, Yeprem available at Plukka
2. For the Vintage Bride
For an Old Hollywood vibe, check out this Swarovski crystal-and-Czech glass pearl-embellished piece. It will add a touch of shimmer and sparkle to the rest of your bridal look.
Belle Epoque Hand Bracelet with Deco Pendant, $400, Ben Amun available at Ben Amun
3. For the Budget Bride
This silver option is affordable, yet refined and fit for a girl who wants to try the trend at her bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner without dropping too much cash.
Silver Plated Drape Hand Chain, $57, Pilgrim available at ASOS
4. For the Boho Bride
Sure it's not something blue, but this ruby-adorned hand chain will add a fresh pop of color to any bridal look.
Ruby Hand Chain, $138, Eriness available at Anthropologie
5. For the Modern Bride
This luxe hand-finished and gold-plated brass design blends a timeless silhouette with of-the-moment detailing.
V Dots Gold-Plated Finger Bracelet, $380, Arme De L'Amour available at Net-A-Porter