Created during the Mughal reign and favored by Rajasthani royalty, Kundan jewelry is a bit of Indian history preserved today for the modern South Asian bride.
Navratna jewelry is the most widespread jewelry form to come out of India. While it is discussed at length in the Vishnu Purana from before the 11th century A.D., it is also spoken of in the scriptures of other Asian countries, including Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapor, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Perhaps the biggest comeback story in traditional Indian jewelry, Pachchikam, whose origins are unknown, is inspiring jewelry makers today. There is evidence of European nobility wearing Pachchikam jewelry in the 16th century, and nowadays Pachchikam, with its distinctive silver sheen, is worn by people of all classes in South Asia.
Meena work is most often seen on the back of Kundan and Jadau jewelry, where it adds a secret or sometimes reversible element of beauty to the already opulent piece. While it's not as lavish as a neck full of jewels, Meenakari jewelry is gorgeous, highly-detailed, colorful, and eye-catching.
Temple jewelry has origins in, you guessed it, Hindu temples. Originally it was the jewelry that statues of deities were adorned with during poojas and later the jewelry that temple dancers (Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, and Kathak dancers) wore when they preformed. Nowadays, the bridal wedding trousseau has borrowed a few pieces from the gods, including armbands, brooches, and belts.
Ivory has been a staple material for art and jewelry-making in India since, and possibly before, Vedic times. The creamy texture of the bone and its pliability make it a sought after commodity that still dominates the market despite the various governmental restrictions on its trade.
The Sunday newspapers are perfect when having a cup or two of chai, parathas, and lots to read. It is also the day of the week when matrimonial ads are displayed and the stress [...]