The yellow metal gold has always had its place all through history. Known for its radiance and beauty it is one of the most preferred metals in jewellery since ancient times. Since pure gold is extremely soft for everyday use it is usually mixed with different kinds of metals like zinc, copper or silver. This increases the durability and strength of gold jewellery. Gold jewellery is preferred by both men and women alike, especially so in India. Some of the most popular types and styles of gold jewellery are given below.
Introduced by the Chola dynasty during the 9th century (AD) the temple jewellery designs include motifs of peacocks, lotuses, and mostly Gods/Goddesses worshiped in India. This jewellery is usually made using pure gold as the base metal, adorned with precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.
To add a classic touch to these pieces of jewellery, precious stones, and semi-precious stones are used in their uncut forms at times. Temple jewellery is more popular among the South Indians. The timeless designs of the temple jewellery can add a touch of grandeur to your appearance even if your outfit is a bit understated. This jewellery is usually worn for occasions like a marriage, engagement ceremony and quite popular among Indian classical dancers.
Different Types Of Temple Jewellery
Temple jewellery is available in different types including the following.
- Neck chains
- Nose rings
- Finger rings
- Toe rings
Temple jewellery can be broadly classified into two. They are:
- Jewellery For Traditional Celebrations
This type of jewellery is usually worn for religious celebrations and functions like marriage, engagement or a festival. The jewellery includes choker and earrings set, necklaces that are quite large, gold chains with big pendants and earrings like Jumkha.
- Jewellery Used For Classical Art Forms
This type of temple jewellery is usually worn by dancers and includes waist-bands, armlets, anklets, bangles, jhumkas, accessories for your hair, etc.
The term “Kundan” refers to pure gold. Gold acts as the base of this style of jewellery. Kundan jewellery was introduced in India by the Mughals. Over the years this jewellery was perfected by Rajasthani artisans and craftsmen. Kundan jewellery is made by embedding stones and glass in a base of gold. This style is unique in creativity and design. This is more popular among the brides of North India.
The making of Kundan jewellery is a very long process that involves experienced craftsmen and artisans with a variety of skills and talents. There are several steps involved in which you need to be taken care of using time and patience.
The different types include the following:
- Earrings (Both heavy and light)
- Neck chains/necklaces with pendants
- Finger rings
- Toe rings etc
This type of jewellery symbolizes royalty and hence it is in great demand especially during the wedding seasons.
Navaratna Gold Jewellery
The Navaratna gold jewellery consists of 9 gems/precious stones embellished in a gold base. The most popular types of Navaratna jewellery includes:
- Finger rings
Antique Gold Jewellery
From earrings, neckpieces, bangles and nose rings, antique designs in gold jewellery are in high demand. The art work on these jewellery items usually resemble the motifs and stone work seen in ancient Indian temples
Gold jewellery comes in a variety of designs and styles. You can choose the right ones based on your sense of fashion and personal taste.
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