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Indian Jewellery
Ancient BeadsIt was around 5,000 years in the ancient past that the need for decoration of human bodies conceptualized the art of jewellery making in India. India has been a country that has been famous for its beads, gems and precious stones and it has attracted the Indian traders and the foreigners alike for the same. For the rulers, jewels were a statement of power, prosperity and prestige. But for the Indian woman, jewellery was and is, even today in many parts considered as a security, the value of which will almost always accentuate, never depreciate. However, progressing through time and history, Indian jewellery apart from just being a craft, has evolved into something even more - an art, both in design and workmanship. This art has grown and has even become famous all over the world due to the variety of jewellery made by the jewellery makers.

Jewellery in its every form, be it Gold, diamonds, silver, sterling silver, precious stones and semi-precious stones is a rage all over the world. Nose rings, earrings, bracelets, crowns, rings, anklets, amulets and necklaces, in any metal and styles can be found in India. The range of jewellery in India varies from religious to purely aesthetic types. Jewellery is crafted not only for humans but also for the Gods. Different regions of India have unique jewelry making styles. In Orissa and Andhra Pradesh fine filigree work in silver, in Jaipur the delicate art of enameling or meenakari, the temple jewellery of Nagercoil and, Kundan or the setting of semi-precious or precious stones in gold from Delhi are now famous the world over. The wide variety of silver beads found all over India, especially in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh are also well known. A few of the famous jewellery making arts are given below as follows:

Temple Jewellery

Bharatnatyam Dancers with JewelleryClassical and traditional in its appearance, temple jewellery is commonly associated with dancers practicing the dance form of Bharatanatyam or Kuchipudi. Temple jewellery is characterised by some of the finest handwork, painfully crafted by skilled craftsmen and jewelers consisting of traditional gold ornaments studded with red and green semi-precious stones offered to the Gods. From earrings to necklaces to pieces for adorning the hair, feet, hip and even the plait, the temple jewellery is surely an enviable possession. However, these are very expensive and it is due to the making charges, which itself is almost one-third of the total cost of the jewellery. Even today, only certain craftsmen, who have to follow stringent requirements during the course of making it, make the original temple jewellery.

Antique Jewellery

Antique Jewellery relates to the present trend and is in reality considered more of fancy jewellery. Antique jewellery is actually the modern day jewellery in gold or silver, which goes through a process of oxidising and is sometimes buried in a pot of clay, to give it a dull look.

Minakari Jewellery

The Minakari and Kundan styles of jewelry making have been influenced by the Moghul dynasty. Minakari refers to enameling a unique combination of gems, enamel pigments Necklace with Minakari Jewelleryand precious stones and these are usually used in combination to make jewellery pieces that can be worn as chokers and necklaces. Moreover, this art was expanded to the making of the imperial thrones as well. The motifs used in this art were flowers, plants, scrolling vines and animal forms, amongst others. Minakari jewellery is sought after more, by people in North India.

Apart from these few types, there is a whole lot of range of the modern or contemporary jewellery made in India, which have already spread far and wide across the globe. Given here, is an insight on the matchless styles and modern designs in the forms of Indian jewellery that will surely take your breath away!

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