Indian women’s beauty and significance of jewelry worn by them determine the Indian beauties.
To get some idea of how beautiful are women in India, here is a little virtual trip into the world of precious metals brilliance. Mangalsutra the wedding chain and Navaratna with its 9 magical stones, Bichhua the foot ring, are just some of the Indian beauties of jewelries. Have a look:
Shringaar Patti/Maatha Patti
Represents the ornament that is placed on the head, consisting of a jewel that goes to central path of the hair to the forehead where it has a tikka and the part that hangs on the forehead. The jewelry is part of temple jeweleries, having a special status and being used more in classical dance performances.[section label=”Photos”]
The “lower” version of Shringaar Patti, with only the centerpiece of the trail that ends with the tikka on the forehead. It gives a unique flair and attracts glances of admiration.
Jhumar/Jhoomar: hair ornament
The fan-shaped ornament is characteristic of Muslim culture in India and was especially loved by the moguls. Without any restriction, is appreciated by all women because it gives a distinct, unique sensuality.
Is the dot on the forehead worn by women, where there is Ajna Chakra, the third-eye. Traditionally, it is worn by married women as a symbol of female energy and it is believed to protect both the woman and the man. It is easily applicable by using sindoor, a red sandalwood powder. It is used in religious ceremonies of both sexes to invoke religious feelings and concentration.
In the modern era, restrictions on marital status or religion were dropped. It has become fashionable, being worn by young women of other than Hindu religion. Also, there are no rules on the shape or color, it has become a chic accessory, matching the clothes. Bindi’s style differs from region to region.
Nath: Nose earring
Comes in two versions: one for the bride, the earring is large, circular and is caught in the hair with a fine and a simple chain, and the other one simple like the type of “piercing” – smaller, of gold or silver, with or without stones.
Jhoomka / Jhoomki: earrings
With a unique model for each region, these chandelier earrings have a form with an over-sized bell ending. Mandatory for the bride they are decorated with precious stones and make the woman look like a queen.
Mangalsutra: Wedding Chain
The mangalsutra plays the most important role in the chain that is tied by the husband during the wedding ceremony, as a symbol of the union held, both physical and spiritual. It’s made of gold with black beads, and the model is usually chosen by the boy’s family.
Chooda and Kangan: Wedding Bracelets
Are those endless bracelets worn on the hands that bring a particularly liked sound while tinkling. The custom is that the future wife shall not see the bracelets before the marriage ceremony, it would then be the first time she would wear this type of bracelet. Then she’d be allowed to pick any kind of it she wishes: glass, wood, metal, red, blue, purple … whatever. The first bracelets will be worn for 40 days after-which only the sister-in-law is allowed to remove them.
Kangan: Another type of bracelet
Thicker than the Chudiyan, they are usually made of gold with precious stones and are of family inheritance where the mother gives to the daughter-in-law when she comes home.
It has the same significance in west countries, the engagement ring or wedding ring is usually of gold. Fashion made it to chose and use materials such as platinum, white gold or silver.
A wonderful ornament which is worn on the hands, from the wrist to the finger where the ring ends. Multicolor and inspiring grace it is part of the “mandatory” for the wedding trousseau.
Payal: Leg Bracelet
Same as the foot ring, the leg bracelet is mandatory to be worn by the bride. Silver and in pair, Payal make the same nice tinkling sound when walking as the arm bracelets and are of great beauty, especially if they are decorated with precious stones.
Bichhua: foot ring
Worn only in pair, the foot ring is a symbol of marriage in many Indian states. it is only made of silver, because gold is a noble status and can not be worn below the waist, but of course, fashion requires sacrifices.
Navaratna: the 9 magical stones
Navaratna refers to the nine planets in Vedic astrology, each of them having a precious stone as a correspondent and a unique way to position into a jewelry. The nine planets are: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu (Moon’s ascending node) and Ketu (descending node them).
“Ruby for the Sun
Quality and perfect pearl for the Moon
Red Coral for Mars
Yellow Sapphire Jupiter
Diamond for Venus
Blue Sapphire for Saturn
Hessonit (or cinnamon stone) for Rahu and
Cat’s Eye for Ketu.
These stones must be of the highest quality to be perfect.”
They are produced in a very special way: by hand, between the stone and the metal there’s a fine golden leaf and is made of the purest gold of 24K. Kundan jewelry were valuable in the Mughal period, the most beautiful and unique designs being created then.
Meenakari: Jewelry email
Decorated with enamel in vibrant colors, as if the jewels had their own language. Preponderant gold, while it lasts longer, the colors are so “loud” you’d say it exudes an overwhelming positive energy.