Indian women have a very old, deep and loving affair with jewellery. Starting from Indian mythology, to history to the contemporary times, jewellery from each era, each state, has made its own name in India and abroad. India has around 33 million gods and goddesses and an innumerable number of kings and queen, each of whom were equally passionate and interested in jewellery.
Since ages, jewellery is one thing that has trickled down from one era to another, from empire to another, always remaining as the most coveted luxury item. However, today, with the hectic lives and changed choices, jewellery has changed a lot. Decking up oneself with jewellery might not seem logical for an everyday-woman, something that is possible on the daily sobbing sagas. Though, a woman does not find any special occasion, be it a celebration of life or celebration of various festivals of India, complete without a special piece of jewellery.
For occasions like weddings, engagements, birth of babies, festivals like Diwali, Navratri, special decorative jewellery of various kinds are a must. However, today’s women are not much into the traditional jewellery. When it comes to modern women, they get creative and find myriad ways to wear their favourite pieces.
Some of the very basic ornaments are necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc. Though there are a few other ornament pieces that might be termed unconventional, but are much loved by women in India.
Among these are hair ornaments, which can also be considered to be among the most popular. Hair for any female in India is one of the most precious body part, long hair define a woman’s beauty, where as traditional India has experienced an era when a woman had to shun her hair as soon as her husband died. Though, we have come afar since then, hair still remains a special part of a woman’s body.
Hair bands: These are very common things, however, with the innovative designs, jewellery designers now come with beautiful patterns of hair bands in gold and diamonds.
Tiara: Another form of hair bands are tiaras that have become a hit with kids.
Combs: To give an impressive and young look to buns, there are now available small combs, with beautiful pattern atop
Hair clips: These are a common thing to hear, but when it comes special occasions, there are intricately designed hair clips with loose strings attached beautifully with beads or diamond drops studded in them.
Maang tikkas: It is one thing that a bridal ensemble is incomplete without. These are available in two forms, one is Shringaar Patti, which is worn on the forehead with the centrepiece pinned up along the central hair partition; the other is manag, which is more of a shortened shringar patti, with the slim and bejewelled string on the hair partition and a patterned pendant sort hanging on the forehead.
Jhoomer: It is another head ornament to be worn on any one side of the forehead.
Jadau Bangara: It is an ornament to be worn on the braid.
Nath: Nose ring, which is called nath in Hindi, is one of the most important part of bridal attire, with slightly big sized ring to be worn in the nose along with a light weight ring attached to it to be hooked in the hair to support the nose ring.
Bajuband: Armlet, also known as bajuband, is a jewellery piece dating back to Mahabharta times, which women wear on their upper arms.
Bangles: Bangles, better known as choodiyan, are things that lure females from a very early age. Glass bangles can be worn any time while gold, diamond or black material bangles are also available and much loved for special occasions.
Rings: Finger rings are the last part of jewellery to adorn hands. These can be worn on single finger or on few others depending on choice. There also is available Hath phool, which is bridal special, which is rings for eight fingers along with a wrist band.
Earrings: Earrings, to be worn in ear piercings, come in a variety with some in hanging pattern, some stuck to the ear pinna. The trend of ear tops being pierced, there are now small rings to be worn on any part of the ear.
Necklace: Necklace is also very common with Indian woman, with most of the women always wearing a simple chained necklace. However, there are various different forms, with some contemporary forms as well. Choker, multi-chain collar, fringe, floral motifs, tribal, bib look, collar necklace, matinee necklace, rope necklace, opera necklace, etc. The latest trend also brings necklace coming with attached with shoulder ornament. However, with the females getting innovative, some use choker with long necklace into a shoulder ornament as well.
Kamar band: Waist belt, as the name suggests, is jewellery piece that is worn around the waist, over the pallu of saree or lehenga.
Saree keychain: Along with waist belt, it’s impossible to mention keychains for women, which completes the look of a waist belt.
Anklets: Paizeb, also known as payal or anklets, adorn the feet. Available in gold, silver, studded with diamonds, there can come paired or also as single pieces to be worn on just one feet. These are designed in every form, very light, seemingly a thread or heavily dressed as well.
Toe rings: A woman’s feet are never complete without toe rings, which are designed for all ages, starting from college students to married females, some specially designed for wedding purposes.