The different types of traditional Indian jewelry

Published on : 25 November 20202 min reading time

Jewelry has always been an accessory arousing curiosity and envy. All civilizations have their own characteristic goldsmith’s art. Among all known ethnic products, traditional Indian jewelry is gaining popularity today. Thanks to the development of the Bollywood phenomenon, India’s cultural current is now investing other populations, revealing its wealth to the world. And the word is apt, since an ornament symbolizes above all a mark of opulence.

Size and shape for all destinations

The design of a jewel takes its inspiration from the final location on which it will be destined. It must generally have a shape capable of highlighting it for itself, but also to bring a plus to the place where it is placed. Designers have understood this, and the way of thinking of traditional Indian jewelry seems to have acquired this concept from the beginning. Each part of the body that can receive it has an infinite range of choices. From head to toe, the ornament is declined in all forms to bring a consequent embellishment. Beyond the classic necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets that we know, the forehead can also wear a payal, and a maang tika or head ornament can be fixed in the hair.

Color and quality

Other features to highlight, countless varieties of colors naturally dress these fashion accessories. Whether they are handcrafted or more industrialized, and whether they are high-end or costume, traditional Indian jewelry has been created by exploiting the maximum number of possible color combinations. The objective is simply to be able to wear them on specific occasions, such as weddings for example. According to the color theme chosen for the ceremony, each piece of jewelry must be able to conform to the color of the clothes, the frame or the skin tone of the wearer himself. This capacity confers an added value to it, other than that already produced by the material which composes it.

Of the valuable material

To conclude, traditional Indian jewelry is meant to represent a true culture of wealth in all possible senses of the word. Indeed, they are often made of gold and silver as well as precious stones. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate access to the greatest number after Bollywood, costume jewelry increasingly supplies the market. But the quality of creation is not diminished by this.

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