Jewellery and heritage
Indian jewellery is all about heritage, tradition and opulence and it is well known that people here adore rich and intricate designs. It is not only about economics – that you show off how much money you can splash around on accessories. It is the aura, mystery and passion that attract a huge population of women to the stores. Heritage jewellery of thick gold, broad and huge patterns have now taken a backseat as people mainly look for sleek, filigree, kundan, matt gold work.
Thanks to the hike in the prices of gold and silver, investing in heavy jewellery is actually a canny thing to do...it might be useful in the long run. Jewellery can be passed down the generations, and has lasting value. That is one of the good things about jewellery – it usually survives a use-and-throw culture, unless of course it is cheap junk. No other wearable item has so much emotion and romance tied in with it. We like the idea of jewellery being forever, something unchanging. This way of thinking even spreads to the way we perceive jewellery being made—the archetypal hidden craftsman at his timeless wooden bench, forming gold with tools which haven’t changed in thousands of years.
A woman is said to look beautiful on the kind of jewellery she is adorned with. Jewellery is a graceful embellishment which women carry with elegance. As for now, fashion is taking a leap and wrapping the world in one tune hence everything is on the wagon wheel of change including jewellery designs. Jewellery showcases wealth .Till date people do judge one by the amount of jewellery used in the marriage - the quality, quantity etc. Heritage designs have made a comeback in recent fashion trends. Models sport royalty inspired jewellery on the ramps and brides wear such jewellery on their wedding day.
Take for example the Navaratna, which is a powerful jewel frequently worn in times long ago by Maharajas. It is an amulet, which comprises diamond, pearl, ruby, sapphire, emerald, topaz, cat’s eye, coral, and hyacinth (red zircon). Each of these stones is associated with a celestial deity, represented the totality of the Hindu universe when all nine gems are together. The diamond is the most powerful gem among the nine stones. There were various cuts for the gemstone. Indian Kings bought gemstones privately from the sellers. Maharaja and other royal family members value gem as Hindu God. They exchanged gems with people to whom they were very close, especially the royal family members and other intimate allies. Only the emperor himself, his intimate relations, and select members of his entourage were permitted to wear royal turban ornament.
Now however, they are worn as brooches, amulets, pendants and bracelets!
From time immemorial, jewellery has topped the priority list of the demands of each and every woman. In India, there is no such woman who does not love to beautify her appearance with jewellery and classic beauties can opt for heritage inspired classic designs as well.