Friday, August 7, 2009

Indian Bridal Jewellery-symbolism & connotations

Jewellery plays a Vital role in Indian Weddings. Wedding and jewellery go hand in hand thus no Indian wedding can be complete without jewellery.

Indian Bridal jewellery is usually heavy and made of gold & precious gems. Each piece of jewellery has a religious and aesthetic connotation. Gold is the symbol of wealth and prosperity. Precious stones/ gems symbolizes color and beauty.

The jewellery worn by the bride from each region in the country is different. Every state has its own style and form, glimpses of which are seen in the jewellery worn. There are some pieces of jewellery that are worn by brides almost everywhere in the country. These include the Mangalsutra, Bangles, Necklace, Maangtika, Earrings, Nose Ring, Anklets, Haath phool, Armlet, Rings and Toe Rings.

In western weddings, the ring symbolises the marriage similarly in the Indian wedding the Mangalsutra meaning ‘auspicious thread’ (a small gold pendant worn on a black and gold beaded chain) is the main symbol of marriage. The groom ties the Mangalsutra around the bride’s neck and this is one of the most important parts of the Indian (Hindu) wedding ceremony.

It is believed that a married woman should always have here arms adorned and never should she keep them empty. Thereby bangles play a vital role in Indian bridal Jewellery. Green and red glass bangles along with gold, silver, lac and other colorful bangles are a must for Indian brides

Maangtika - is a designer bridal jewelry, which glorifies the center parting. It comes in different styles and colors using various gemstones primarily diamonds or kundan/polki (rosecut, uncut etc) coloured gems and pearls. It usually consists of a string hooked at the top with some elegantly designed centerpiece resting on the other end. It can also be in the form of a crown. The trend of Mangtika will never fade.
Earrings - Well, the choice of earrings depends on your trousseau style and color too. If your bridal attire is very gaudy in shades of reddish maroon or copper brown, you should go in for gold jewelry. If your wardrobe is in pastel color is done you can opt for the delicate pearls, diamonds and other studs. Danglers give you a chic look. In case you want to maintain sobriety, then you can go in for studs and small hoops.

Nose Ring - nose ring should be chosen according to earring color and style. The traditionally worn nose ring called "Nath" consists of studded ring with a long chain hooked up in the hair. Lot of innovations are taking place in its designing. It has become a fashion statement today with more and more women getting their nose pierced.

Necklace - necklace is the most eye catchy jewelry. It should blend with your earring and nose ring design and color and should also match with your wardrobe neck cut. The style and pattern of the necklace is chosen based on the neckline of the dress. A choker style necklace is worn with a smaller neckline and a longer necklace with a deeper neckline. People with short necks should wear attire with plunging necklines and accordingly choose necklace.

Anklets And Toe rings
- Anklets and toe rings give you a chic look. These bridal foot jewels flaunt your feet in the most elegant manner. Intricate designs in works of meenakari, kundan and beads do wonders. In some regions like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, it is compulsory for married women to wear the toe ring all the time.

Traditionally all jewellery is made of gold or silver. But today you see different types of metals being used. Gemstones are in vogue and apt for summer season to match with your cool fabric and light shades. In winter season you can go in for heavy gold work to complement your bright colored heavy warm fabric.

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