The act of adoring oneself is an ancient practice in India. Some historians say that it was 5000 years ago that the first jewellery was worn in India. With India’s lively tradition and colourful culture, jewellery forms an important part. From the poor to the rich people, everyone have their way of adorning themselves with jewellery so much so that there is jewellery for almost every part of the body.
From the mang tika for the forehead, earrings for the ears, necklaces for the neck and bangles to the hand to waist band to the waist and payal for the ankles and toe rings for the toe fingers, there is something for everything!
Here are the types of Indian traditional jewellery-
Bead jewellery is one of the most ancient types of jewellery. It dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization. People there would make beads out of gold, silver, wood according to their financial status.
Filigree jewellery involves intricate and technical work of engraving on silver. It takes a lot of time to do and requires minute eye details. It dates backs to early centuries of India and is also famous in Egypt, Italy and Spain.
This yellow metal is a favourite among everyone regardless of the person’s origin. For Hindus, it is considered as blessing from Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and wellbeing. Every person nowadays owns at least a gold pendant if not anything else. Since ages, due to its high cost has been a saviour against financial crisis. It is so famously depicted in Bollywood movies too and there have been many real life stories said about it.
Made by using the tusk of elephants, ivory jewellery is a very unique one indeed. It finds its origin in Gujarat and a Gujarati bride receives an ivory bangle shortly before the marriage ceremony takes place. The jewellery is very beautiful and attractive. However, this art is declining because it causes harm to elephants and depicts our inhumanity towards the mute beings.
This jewellery comes directly from the riches of Indian tribes. There are around 600 tribes in India and each one has unique tribal jewellery to their credit. Interesting, isn’t it? Most of the tribes make use of bones, shells, stone, brass, copper and clay for making jewellery. There are many other beautiful tribal jewelleries we haven’t even heard about because they belong to inaccessible areas of India.
This type of jewellery involves the use of semi-precious and precious stones and encrusting them on a metal or lac base. It being a part of Indian tradition from spiritual purposes to astrological reasons to aesthetic reasons has become a very important of an Indian woman’s life.
Originated in Rajasthan this type of jewellery involves the use of lac which is a resin like secretion of the lac insect which then after a lot of treatment is converted into jewellery. It is a versatile form of jewellery and very pleasing to the eyes!