Traditional jewellery of India has always been quite heavy consisting of voluminous gold pieces. The availability of a wide variety of Indian jewellery is mainly due to the difference in designs depending on the regional needs which include the varying taste of people of different culture and their lifestyle. Not only gold, but there is also a vast variety of silver jewellery found all over India, like in the state of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. And on the other hand gold jewellery is popular in Tamil Nadu, Kerela (mainly in southern parts of India).
The traditional jewellery in India is what makes Indian weddings so rich and unique in their own manner. There are exclusive designs and works which complete the traditional look of jewellery.
Different regions and cultures follow their unique designs and works. The south is known for its extensive temple based large designs, north is known for its exclusive carved designs, west is known for mirrored and stonework and east is famous for its beaded work.
From head to toe, traditional jewellery highlights the aura of every Indian woman. Some of the traditional jewellery includes—
VENI: It is a jewelled braid worn when you tie your hair in a braid.
PAASA : It is a type of jewellery which is worn on one side of the head, especially worn by Muslims in weddings.
MANGTIA: It is like Paasa but it is worn in the centre partition of the hair.
CHANDBALIS: These are the heavy and intricate work earrings that are in the shape of the moon and add a mystic aura to ones look.
JHUMKAS: These are as ancient as our heritage. They have chandelier like designs that are long and compliments one's neck.
RANIHAAR : It is a long necklace that are fit for queens and has been a sign of royalty since the time of Rajas and Maharajas.
KAMARBAND : It is worn on waist and traditionally worn by a women to give a hourglass figure.
BANGLES : They are worn in hands and are used to adorn the beauty of hands. It is a trend since time immemorial in India.
HATHPHOOL : They are a kind of bangles which have rings attached to strings which form a web like design. These are the delicate hand jewellery which look dainty and elegant.
KUNDAN / POLKI JEWELLERY: Both of them are Mughals inspired jewellery. Polki is originated in Bikaner. These jewelleries have unique designs and represent timeless beauty.
TEMPLE JEWELLERY : These have motifs of God, Goddesses, Birds and many more. These jewelleries are mostly famous in the southern side of India and used to adorn God / Goddesses.
MEENAKARI JEWELLERY : It is a Persian art which colors the surface of gold and silver metals by fusing brilliant colors. It is originally used to create designs on the back of Polki jewellery.
Different traditional jewellery signifies different meanings. Like different styles of nose ring worn by women of different culture. Large nose ring are worn by North Indian women that signify the wealth of the husband.
Thus, we can say that the Indian love of traditional jewellery is the love of the beauty and its aesthetic. Traditional jewellery is the core of Indian culture and their heritage. Though, the traditional Indian jewellery dates long back but is still famed for its designs.