Indian women are known for their great beauty and for the great use of amazing jewelry day by day that can be in the eyes of foreign people extravagant but extremely beautiful. Shine, beauty, elegance, belief and meaning are just a few of the traits that are credited to Indian jewelry. Is also known that this kind of jewelry is very attached to religion symbolizing a power of great value and status for those who carry them.
Even though it is women who usually wear jewelry, in some cases, men can wear them too and this is because they’re practitioners of Hinduism.
We can found different kind of jewelry in India, but it all depends on the region you’re in. Every state has a particular style, just like a sort of “jeweler dialect” that differentiates them from each other. For example, Meenakari style jewelry dates from the time of the Mongols and is typical of the state of Rajasthan.
Orissa and Andhra Padresh state are distinguished by their silver filigree jewelry, and in the south of the country, the village of Nagercoil is famous for its jewelry inspired by its temples, just as Delhi is famous for its Kundan jewelry.
We present you the most popular ornaments used in Hindu jewelry:
Since not long time ago, Maang Tikka was used by the brides on their wedding day. The term “maang” means the division of the hair and “tikka” is the point in the forehead where is applied the “tilak” (The circular mark placed in the center of the forehead). Nowadays, this piece of jewelry has become so popular that the bridesmaids can use them in wedding celebrations or important events, and we all have seen Maang Tikka all around the world.
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Nathni, also known as “nath”, “koka” or “laung”, it’s the very popular nasal ring or pin in the tradition in India. Its origin is from the Middle East and arrived in India with the invasion of the Mughals.
Jhumka is the Indian term that is used for earrings. In India it has been used by both men and women since ancient times. At the beginning of civilization, the concept of decorating human body became popular among people and they began to use animal bones and pieces of wood as jewelry.
Necklaces are known as Haar, and is one of the most elegant jewelry pieces in the world and in traditional Indian jewelry you will find a great variety of designs and styles.
Bajuband is the name given to the arm bracelet, which is currently very fashionable. In ancient times, men and women used them for the one purpose of embellishment. They used to be made of crude metal with figures of vines, snakes or crocodiles.
Bracelets, known as Chudi or “kangan”, are generally worn in pairs in India, with more than one pair on each arm. Bracelets have great significance in the Hindu religion, as they are considered “unfavorable” for a woman to wear bare arms.
The Hindu way of saying rings is Angoothi. In ancient times they were made of crude metal or wood, but nowadays their processing methods have been refined and manufactured in almost any material such as plastic, copper, iron, aluminum, stainless steel, etc.
Payal or “pajeb” is a piece of jewelry that is worn around the ankle, commonly in english as an ankle bracelet. They are popular among children, young and old ladies. They are famous for their beautiful carving works.