God’s own jewellery
Ever noticed how South Indian women wear some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery ever? They are finely crafted, intricately details and large – tiny and elegant is not their mantra – large and flashy, yet beautiful and classic. This kind of jewellery always grabs the limelight – and that is why beautiful South Indian women choose to wear it to functions. This kind of jewellery was historically favoured by kings and queens in that region. Later, South Indian royalty, devotees and goldsmiths presented beautifully crafted, heavy gold jewellery to the temples and the Hindu deities enshrined in them and that is perhaps how it got its name. These pieces are crafted from the finest gold and usually set with precious gemstones. Some people even choose to donate the jewellery that they possess to the temple so that they are preserved well and kept safe. Blood red rubies and dark green emeralds as well as brilliantly cut sparkling diamonds are the most favoured precious gems that are used to adorn the gold. Favourite shapes are swans, lotus, fans and peacock shapes – there can be abstract motifs as well, apart from the usual designs. Another favourite shape to fashion this style of jewellery after are gods and goddesses, royal figure statuettes and dancers. The gems are woven into the design in dots, waves and ruffles.