When compared to other cultures, Indian wedding jewellery has the most exorbitant assortment of delicately crafted pieces. Legend has it that whenever parents are blessed with a baby girl, cash and family ornaments are set aside for her wedding jewelery. With more than 20 years of effort going into the wedding jewellery of the bride-to-be, one can expect nothing but phenomenal results. The absence of the right Indian jewelery can make the work of any hotshot designer look half-baked. Let’s look at some different types of Indian wedding jewellery.
Kundan jewellery, which was first originated in Rajasthan, is one of the most popular choices of Indian brides for their wedding jewelery. The splendour of kundan work lies in the accurate setting of gemstones into kundan; the overall final look of the ornament greatly depends on how the setting was done by a skilled craftsman. The beauty of this jewellery is that it can be made multihued to match with your outfit. Let’s face it, though yellow gold is ever eternal in India, sometimes its drabness can take away from the most exclusively done bridal outfit. Rubies, jades, amethysts, garnet, etc. are all widely used to create a kundan bridal set. If you have a lavish budget, it can also be made with fabulous uncut diamonds. Though many people are of the opinion that kundan or vilandi do not have much resale value when compared to gold or diamond jewellery, it hasn’t really stopped brides and families from investing in them. In fact, jadau sets made decades ago are passed on from generation to generation as the most favoured hand-me-down ancestral heirloom.
They don’t call diamonds a girl’s best friend for nothing! Diamond jewellery, with the help of the right designs, stones and style can be made to look extremely elegant on a bride. Its sparkling sheen can lift up even the simplest wedding attire. If you aren’t too much about looking traditional on your wedding day, you can go for a finely crafted diamond set in white or yellow gold setting, depending on your taste. It is also a great idea to wear diamond jewellery for your cocktail and sangeet functions and choose polki, vilandi, kundan or jadau for the main day.
The ornament pieces that make the complete Indian wedding jewellery collection include sringar patti (adorned on the forehead), necklace and earrings, wedding chura (extremely important part of Punjabi tradition), payal (worn around the ankles), baju bandh (armlets), maang tika, nose ring, hathphool (bracelets with dangling chains, which have rings for four fingers). Here’s to all things that sparkle!