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All you need to know about Indian Jewellery

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January 28, 2017 || SPONSORED

The Rich History And Diversity Of Indian Jewellery

The history of Indian jewellery is incredibly vast with a long continuous legacy. In fact, it has the longest legacy of all with 5,000 years of heritage to draw upon. The Indus Valley Civilisation was one of the first to start crafting jewellery. Moreover, jewellery in India is not valued only for its aesthetic or intrinsic value. It has a traditional value as most pieces are passed down in a family through the generations. At the same time, they are considered to be a form of financial security in case monetary troubles occur.

Over the years, the art of making jewellery has diversified, resulting in the creation of various styles. Each region of India now has its own traditional style. Western styles have also been adopted by Indians easily and are often worn with contemporary apparel. Apart from the styles, Indian jewellery is not limited to necklaces ,earrings and rings.

Types Of Jewellery Worn In India

There are several types of ornaments worn by Indian women, as discussed below.

Tika: These pieces are chains which have a pendant and a hook at either ends. The pendant adorns the forehead at the entre while the hook keeps the tika in its place by attaching it to the hair. Some styles can cover the head from ear to ear.

Earrings: Indian earrings tend to have more intricate designs and many of them are rather bulky. They often feature the use of precious stones and come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Nose Ring: Also known as nath, the nose ring is often an important part of traditional bridal jewellery in many regions of India. Some nose rings are attached to a tika by means of a chain as a style element.

Necklaces: There are several styles of Indian necklaces, from a simple chain and pendant to a complex jadau. Many feature intricate designs and complex motifs. Religious symbols and floral patterns are common.

Armlets: This ornament can be worn by both men and women. They are usually made of metals and have been traditionally worn by brides during weddings.

Bangles: They are a type of bracelet widely popular in India. They can be made from several kinds of materials such as glass, precious metals, copper, steel and even wood. Bangles are an important part of the bridal wardrobe in a Hindu wedding.

Rings: Several kinds of rings are worn by Indians. Rings with precious stones are the most popular. Many people wear rings that have special astrological significance.

Toe Ring: These are simply rings that are worn on the toe. They are generally made of metals and may have motifs and designs on them.

Indian Jewellery Styles

There are several styles of ornaments and jewellery in India, made traditionally and still worn today. Some of the popular ones are explained below.

Bead: This is the oldest style of jewellery of India, having been perfected in the Indus Valley Civilisation. The beads are crafted out of all kinds of materials including clay, copper, wood, precious metals and, more recently, of plastic. They are still popular today in the form of bead necklaces. The mangalsutra is one of the most famous examples of bead jewellery.

Kundan: The art of making this style of ornament is known as kundan kari and the art form was developed in Rajasthan. They are made encrusting stones with enamel before applying a layer of gold foil. They are quite colourful and have a regal air about them. 

Jadau: This style arose during the era of the Mughals, who were the ones to bring it to India. These ornaments are made by placing stones in molten gold. As such, there is an absence of mounts in these pieces. They feature intricate designs and motifs and high quality enamel work.

Lac: Originating from Rajasthan, lac jewellery has become quite popular all over India, especially the bangles made from them. The pieces are finely crafted with lacquer before the stones are set on them.

Filigree: This type of ornamentation is especially delicate. They are typically made with gold or silver. They feature the use of twisted threads and tiny beads that can be soldered either together or to another object.The designs are highly intricate and they feature artistic motifs.

Meenakari: The meenakari style involves using ornamentations of brilliant colours on metallic surfaces. Apart from jewellery, this style is also used in a wide range of other items including utensils and the designs are highly intricate.Due to the vastness of the kinds of jewellery available in India, it can get rather difficult to choose the right one for a particular attire or occasion. After all, there are certain pieces which are meant to be worn on specific occasions or with particular clothes. By understanding the variety, it becomes easier to select the best one and ensure the perfect style statement every time.



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