The Tradition of Wearing Jewelry in India – Popular Jewelry Styles
The tradition of wearing jewellery in India is age old. In fact, this tradition can be dated back to the Indus Valley civilization when people wore copper, silver, bronze, gems stones and beaded jewellery.
Today, the jewellery market in India is one of the most successful industries simply because Indians love to buy, wear and treasure their jewelry pieces. Gold and silver jewellery are perhaps the most popular and frequently bought. Diamonds are also extremely sought after.
Indian Traditions & Gold Jewellery
Indian women wear gold jewellery at all special occasions including weddings, engagement, parties, festivals and also on a daily basis.
In fact, Indian parents start buying gold for their daughter’s trousseau right from the time of her birth. There is also a trend of Hindu households investing in gold ornaments on auspicious days such as Akshaya Tritiya.
Over the years, chunky costume jewellery, also sometimes referred to as Junk Jewellery have gained massive popularity, especially with youngsters. These include metallic bangles, bracelets, neck pieces, etc.
Such items are easily available at Janpath and at Dilli Haat in New Delhi.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles of jewellery in India
Kundan is a famous style of jewellery which has been influenced by the Mughals. Hence, it is also one of the oldest. The most fascinating feature of Kundan jewellery is that it can be worn on either sides.
To make Kundan Jewellery, gemstones of varying colours are cut, shaped, polished and set into a base which is made of pure gold. Kundan Jewellery is extremely beautiful and looks exquisite in all forms, be it Kundan ear rings, rings, or Kundan necklaces.
Meena Kundan is another form. Polki jewellery is similar to Kundan jewellery but costlier with diamond Polki studded into the base.
Jadau or engraved
The Jadau work includes setting of kundan and meenakari into jewelry pieces along with embedded and engraved beads & stones.
To make this jewelry, beautiful colors are filled by using enamel dust to embellish metal surfaces.
Vadaseri is native to South of India and today, it is primarily worn by brides during their weddings.
Also known as Kemp Jewellery, Vadaseri Jewellery was first adorned by idols in temples. Kemp Jewellery is primarily made using emeralds, pearls, rubies, gold, etc.
The design of these Jewellery pieces is based on symbols of God and nature, making them extremely beautiful and
Thewa jewelry has its roots in Chittor, Rajasthan, hundreds of years ago. The beauty of this style of jewelry lies in the process through which it is made.
To create thewa jewelry, gold is fused into a range of multi colored glass. Skilled artisans are at work for many days to produce a beautiful thewa jewel piece. The designs are intricate, eye catching and extremely beautiful.
Tribal jewelry from Himachal Pradesh is beautiful, attractive and extremely eye catching. Usually large yet delicate, tribal jewelry is crafted by silversmiths who are highly trained and experienced in this technique.
Some of the most popular pieces include big nose rings in the shape of birds, head dresses, long dangling earrings, etc.